Gov't bans tilapia and ornamental imports

Gov't bans tilapia and ornamental imports

- The ministry of fisheries and aquaculture has placed a ban on the import of tilapia

- The Tilapia Lake Virus has affected Africa, Asia and South America

- The cure for this virus is yet unavailable

The government has banned the importation of cosmetic fishes including Tilapia. This follows warning of a Tilapia Lake Virus which has been reported across Africa, Asia, and South America.

Tilapia lake virus is a newly emerging virus that is associated with significant mortalities in farmed tilapia.

With cases reported across Africa, Asia, and South America, the virus represents a huge risk to the global tilapia industry, whose 2015 production was valued at USD 9.8 billion.

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All countries with a tilapia industry have been warned to be vigilant and act quickly to investigate cases of mortalities in farms.

It is to this reason that the Ministry of Fisheries and Aquaculture Development (MoFAD) has directed a ban against the import of any such fish to Ghana.

"The ministry has placed a ban on the import of all ornamental fishes and tilapia species (live or dead) including gametes-eggs and milt into the country effective from July 1st to December 2018," excerpts of the statement revealed.

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To this end, consumers and stakeholders have been advised to report any issues arising from or related to the virus. In fact, the ministry has further justified the need for this ban saying it is an immediate action being taken to prevent and control the virus especially when it's treatment is not known.

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