ACCRA, 7 April 2021 – Ghana’s ministry of fisheries has appealed to people who consumed any of the dead fish that washed up at the coast to report so as to help with an ongoing probe.
The minister, Mavis Hawa Koomson, said the government would like to closely monitor those who consumed the fish for potential side effects, calling on any Ghanaians who have stored some of the fish to dispose of it.
The Ghanaian health and fisheries ministries have confirmed that samples are already under investigation at a laboratory and a commission has been set up to look into the incident.
A lot of dead fish and dolphins washed up at the Osu beach and although authorities advised residents not to eat any of the dead fish, it is believed that many consumed it.
So far, authorities have not explained what they believe to have been the cause of death of the fish.
Three Atlantic Ocean coastal areas of the West African nation were flooded with different species of dead fish and scores of dolphins over the weekend, according to eyewitness accounts.
“We counted about 60 dead dolphins here alone at the beach and other smaller fish. It is quite strange and we really can’t tell what’s happening,” said Samuel Obeng, a fisherman at Axim in the Western Region area.