Access to the Honolua Bay Marine Life Conservation District on Maui is closed due to a continued presence of sharks in the bay.
Department of Land and Natural Resources and Maui Ocean Safety have confirmed shark sightings since Tuesday afternoon.
The sharks have apparently been attracted to a large number of dead akule (mackerel scad), or similar fish, in the bay.
DLNR officials say it is unknown how the dead fish came to be in the bay, but sharks of various species are feeding on them, resulting in public safety concerns.
“It is expected the sharks will leave the bay once the dead fish have been consumed,” DLNR said in a release on Thursday afternoon.
Access to the bay will remain closed until the safety issue has resolved itself.