Fishes washed ashore at Osu were sold for at most GHc 300 - Resident

Fishes washed ashore at Osu were sold for at most GHc 300 - Resident

On Friday, April 2, 2021, tonnes of fishes were washed ashore at the Osu Castle Beach in Accra.

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Most residents in the fishing community along the coast saw it as a blessing from God since the fishes were washed ashore on good Friday.

Prior to the government and authorities issuing a caution to them not to consume the different species of fishes that were washed ashore, most people in the community had already consumed some.

Government issued a note of caution to all those who had stored the dead fishes for future consumption to endeavour to throw them out as the cause of the death of the fishes is not known.

Fishes washed ashore at Osu were sold for at most GHc 300 - Resident
Fishes washed ashore at Osu were sold for at most GHc 300 - Resident
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Per preliminary investigations carried out by the Fisheries Commission, the fishes that were washed ashore died as a result of stress.

YEN.com.gh however visited the Osu community to enquire from some of the residents on what exactly happened and their reaction to the 'bumper harvest'.

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A middle-aged man in the community who spoke to YEN.com.gh stated that when he heard that the fishes were washed ashore, he did not believe it till he visited the beach.

He added that when the fishes were washed ashore, people who had the privilege of spotting them immediately were fortunate enough to cash in.

He revealed that the fishes were sold for as low as GHc 200 for one.

He also said one of his friends told him some two people who had consumed the fish complained of stomach ache and later died.

YEN.com.gh cannot confirm this as the person who made the comment could not provide concrete evidence to support his claim.

Meanwhile, 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.

According to various media reports, it was the first time such mammals have been washed ashore on the coast of Ghana.

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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 Citi News 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.

One lady who spoke to Citinews said she would need a refund of over GH5,000 as that is the money she spent on purchasing the dead dolphins from those who were selling them.

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