The Centre for International Maritime Affairs, Ghana (CIMAG) has called on relevant authorities in the country to ensure that Ghanaians are safe from consuming dead fish.
Dead sea species have littered beaches in Accra, the country’s capital, and near the capital’s shoreline since Friday, 02 April.
According to government officials, over 80 dead dolphins had been discovered, while videos on social media show scores of varying species including eels and several fish species.
The country’s fisheries commission said it had taken laboratory samples of the animals and waters in recent days while the cause remained unknown.
According to local media, the tons of dead fish washed ashore at the Osu Castle Beach attracted many residents some of whom picked the dead fish either for consumption or for sale.
‘If urgent and concrete measures are not put in place, unscrupulous people will likely smuggle the dead fishes into the open markets and the nearby communities either for consumption or for sale to the unsuspecting public’, CIMAG said in a statement.
‘The relevant authorities such as EPA, FC and MoFA must not only take steps to identify the cause of the fatalities but also ensure that the Ghanaian public is safe from consuming the dead fishes since the cause of fatalities is yet to be established.
‘More awareness should be created via the media in the affected areas, especially in the local dialects’.
Government officials, it was gathered, had asked people who may have consumed the fish to come forward as part of their investigations.
Ghana’s Minister of Fisheries and Aquaculture, Mavis Koomson, asked fishers in Accra to cooperate with the Fisheries Commission and FDA during their investigations.
Source: Modern Ghana
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