Fish stress responsible for death of fish at Osu Beach—Hawa Koomson

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The Minister for Fisheries and Aquaculture, Mavis Hawa Koomson has disclosed that fish stress caused the death of the fish that washed ashore at Osu beach on Sunday, April 4, 2021.

She made the disclosure on her Facebook wall, citing preliminary investigations by Veterinary Doctors of the Fish Health Unit of the Fisheries Commission.

“I today interacted with Veterinary Doctors of the Fish health Unit of the Commission to be updated on the progress of the investigation so far.

According to Dr. Peter Zidda, a fish health Specialist of the Fisheries Commission, preliminary investigations conducted so far has revealed that the fish kills occurred as a result of stress factor on the side of the fishes.

He, however, added that, further pathological investigations on the gills of the fish kills are ongoing and any new development will be made public,” the minister’s Facebook wall said.

Background

The Food and Drugs Authority (FDA) on April 6, 2021 assured that an inspection team has been deployed to markets in Accra after some washed-ashore fish were seen at the Osu Castle beach.

According to the FDA, the team monitored the Osu Mandela market in the Korle-Klottey Municipal Assembly.

Also over 100 mammals believed to be dolphins were washed ashore at the Axim-Bewire beach in the Nzema East Municipality on around the same time.

Meanwhile, the Fisheries Commission and the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) have returned some 38 sea mammals that were washed ashore at Axim-Bewire in the Western Region into the sea.

This was after the authorities confirmed that over 100 dolphins were washed ashore appearing very weak but a few regain their strength after monitoring.

SOURCEBy Lawrence SEGBEFIA
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