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Fisheries Commission launches investigation after hundreds of fish found dead at Osu Castle Beach

The Ministry of Fisheries has begun to probe into the sudden appearance of dead fish at the Osu Castle Beach in the Korle Klottey District in the Greater Accra Region.

More than 60 dolphins and large numbers of different species of fish have washed ashore along the coasts of Ghana in the last two days.

In a statement issued on Sunday, April 4, 20221, the Ministry noted that its team has taken samples of the dead fish for investigation.

The investigation seeks to uncover the cause leading to the death of the fish along the coastal belt of the country.

“A team from the Fish Health Unit and the Fisheries Scientific Survey Division of the Fisheries Commission was dispatched to the area. Upon arrival at the beach, the team noticed that there were dead small pelagic and demersal fishes at the shore,” the statement read in part.

The Ministry indicated that “Initial observation of the fishes showed no wound/lesions on their bodies.”

The Ministry, however, clarified that “after two to three days of the death of an animal, pathological signs change.

Below is the Fisheries Ministry’s full statement: 

INVESTIGATION OF FISH MORTALITY – OSU CASTLE BEACH – GREATER ACCRA REGION

Information got to the Fisheries Commission yesterday, April 3, 2021, in the evening, about fish mortalities sighted at the Osu Castle Beach. A team from the Fish Health Unit and the Fisheries Scientific Survey Division of the Fisheries Commission was dispatched to the area. Upon arrival at the beach, the team noticed that there were dead small pelagic and demersal fishes at the shore.

Initial observation of the fishes showed no wound/lesions on their bodies.

It is to be noted that after two to three days of the death of an animal, pathological signs change.

Samples of the fish were collected on ice to be examined critically in the laboratory.

Seawater samples have also been collected at the beach in the Korle Klottey District in the Greater Accra Region. Examinations will be carried out on the fish gills and other histological examinations will equally be conducted to ascertain any pathological cause.

The seawater samples collected will be analysed for physical, chemical and other biological parameters.

The colour of the sea and temperature are normal. We assure everyone that we are working hard to ascertain the actual cause of mortality of the fish.

 

By: Bernard Ralph Adams | Originalfmonline.com | Ghana

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