Asutuare tilapia farms opened; gov't declares tilapia safe

Asutuare tilapia farms opened; gov't declares tilapia safe

- The ministry of fisheries and aquaculture has opened the Fujain Chinese Tilapia farm in Asutuare

-Tilapia from the farm has been declared as safe for consumption

Results conducted on the alleged poisoned large quantities of tilapia fish which died on a Chinese farm at Asutuare last month have proved negative of poisonous substances.

Samples taken from the Asutuare farm to UK and France laboratories for toxicology tests released by the government Monday “indicated negative for any poisonous materials” in the ponds in which the fishes were killed.

However, the third result is yet to be received from the the Norwegian Veterinary Institute.

Asutuare tilapia farms opened; gov't declares tilapia safe

Dead Tilapia fishes from Fujain Farms Source: Graphic.com.gh
Source: UGC

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Reports by 3News said government’s investigations revealed that a spillage from the Kpong Dam a day before the fish death incident caused the death of the aquatic creature

Clinical observation from France on the dead fishes suggested that deaths could either associated the environment of the fishes, as to whether or not a foreign substance was introduced or low dissolved oxygen.

According to the Ministry of Fisheries and Aquaculture Development, the laboratory identified the presence of a virus known as “streptococcus agalactiae” as possible cause of deaths of the fish at the farm.

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This virus, was not new in the industry as it has since 2005 been affecting the industry, adding an “autogenous vaccine” has always been used to address mortalities arising out of the virus.

Based on these reports, the Ministry said it has caused the Fujian Farm and other nearby farms which were closed down after the fish kill, to reopen for business.

The Ministry has however declared products from the Fujian Farm and nearby farms healthy for consumption.

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