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Dead fish washed ashore died from stress- Report says

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The Fisheries Commission has said that the dead fish washed ashore on parts of Ghana’s coast was as a result of stress after it conducted a preliminary investigations.

Some fish were found along the shores of the Osu Castle beach in Accra and ashore at the Axim-Bewire beach in the Nzema East Municipality on Sunday.

The Head of Fish Health Unit at the Fisheries Commission, Dr. Peter Zedah speaking to Accra-base Citi TV said “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. Whether they were poisonous or not, we cannot tell because the other people are doing some pesticide testing.”

He also said that the gills and the kidneys of the dead fish will be sent for histopathological analysis.

“When that one [the histopathological analysis] comes, we can say it is confirmatory but for now, the fishes were stressed, and they came [out].”

The report said the fishes washed ashore “looked good, so it gives you the impression that maybe some environmental factors may have caused their death.”

However, Ministry of Fisheries and Aquaculture Development is coordinating with Fisheries Commission, the Food and Drugs Authority, the Environmental Protection Agency, the Ghana Maritime Authority, the Ghana Navy, the Marine Police and the respective Metropolitan, Municipal and District Assemblies in the affected areas to investigate into the matter.

Source: Ghana Waves

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