- The fisheries commission have stated the cause of the death of the fishes on the beach
- The death of the fishes has been attributed to stress
- More tests are being carried out to unravel further causes
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The Fisheries Commission has stated that the cause of the dead fishes that were washed ashore at the beaches in Osu and Axim were as a result of stress.
This information from the fisheries commission is a result of preliminary investigations they carried out.
The Head of Fish Health Unit at the Fisheries Commission, Dr. Peter Zedah said more tests are being carried out to unravel further causes.
“Our initial investigations have proven that the fishes died as a result of some stress factors. For the [exact] stress factors, we are still investigating,” he said.
According to him, whether or not the fishes were poisonous, they cannot decipher as other people are doing some pesticide testing.
Dr. Zedah stated that they will be sending the gills and the kidneys of the dead fish for histopathological analysis.
Meanwhile, the dolphins that were washed ashore at Axim on Sunday, April 4 are already being processed for the market.
On Saturday, over 25 large sea mammals believed to be melon-headed whales as others preferred to call them dolphins reportedly washed ashore on the shores of the Axim-Bewire beach after a similar incident was recorded on Friday, April 2, at Osu in Accra.
Around 1:00 pm on Sunday, April 4, 2021, the Axim Bewire Beach was flooded with large sea mammals believed to be melon-headed whales.
Despite the Fisheries Commission and the Food and Drugs Authority's claims that they had retrieved most of the dolphins for burial, some of these mammals are still in the hands of processors.
In a Citinews interview monitored by YEN.com.gh, some fishmongers were found preparing some of the dead mammals for the market.
According to them, they are ready to release them to the regulators on the condition that, they would be paid for it.
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