Health officials: Before you eat, know where your prawns come from

Health officials: Before you eat, know where your prawns come from

HONOLULU (AP) - Hawaii officials are warning the public to know the origin of the prawns they eat.

The Honolulu Star-Advertiser reports the Department of Land and Natural Resources Division of Conservation and Resources Enforcement believes people have been dumping poison into Hawaii island streams to harvest Tahitian prawns. The practice is not only illegal, it kills all other wildlife in the waterway.

In one incident, a container of Ortho Bug B Gon insect killer is believed to have been emptied into a pool fed by Onomea Stream, located within Hawaii Tropical Botanical Garden along the Hamakua Coast.

Farther up the coast last fall, authorities came across a group of men carrying 50-pound bags of Tahitian prawns from the stream. It is believed that poison was used to quickly kill and harvest the prawns, also known as giant freshwater shrimp.

Information from: Honolulu Star-Advertiser, http://www.staradvertiser.com

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