by audrey mcavoy
State and federal officials plan to update the public with the latest information on the Honolulu Harbor molasses spill.
Officials from the state Department of Health, U.S. Environmental Protection Agency and other agencies will be briefing media Friday.
They plan to discuss water samples, dead fish collected and their monitoring of the spill.
As much as 1,400 tons of molasses leaked in the industrial area from an old pipe owned by Matson Navigation Co.
Matson learned about the spill on Sept. 9 from a neighbor who noticed something in the water, one day after Matson finished pumping molasses to a boat leaving for Oakland, Calif.
As of Wednesday, more than 26,000 dead fish, shellfish and other specimens of marine life had been collected from nearby waters.