by Mindy Aguon

Guam - Guam Customs has stopped offloading operations on the Matson Manukai after Guam Customs and Quarantine Agency officers found spiders in the cargo hold area of the vessel this morning.  Customs Director Colonel Dennis Santo Tomas tells KUAM News the agency contacted the Department of Agriculture.  Several samples were taken and the spiders were confirmed to be from the poisonous black widow family.  

Loading operations were terminated for the bottom portion of the vessel and the area was quarantined.  Santo Tomas says the spiders were attached to a crane on the vessel.  No Ka Oi is currently doing a walk through of the ship to assess the situation and determine what type of fumigation is required.