Fish mortality : Public asked to desist from buying cheap fish on the market

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The Public Relations Officer (PRO) for the food and Drugs Authority (FDA),  Rhoda Appiah,  has cautioned the public, especially market women, to desist from purchasing cheap fish on the market.

This caution comes after the Ministry of Fisheries and Aquaculture Development dispatched a team from the Fish Health  Unit and the Fisheries Scientific Survey Division of the Commission to investigate the fish mortality at the Osu Castle beach in Accra and some parts of the Western Region.

Reports also suggest that some dead dolphins had been washed ashore at the axim beach.

A statement signed by the Executive Director for the Fisheries Commission, Michael Arthur Dadzie (Esq), confirmed that when the team arrived at the Osu Castle beach, there were dead small pelagic and demersal fishes at the beach.

According to him, initial observation of the fishes, however, showed no wound or lesions on the body of the fishes.

He revealed that samples of the fish as well as sea water have been collected on ice to be examined critically at the laboratory.

Commenting on the issue on Atinka FM’s AM Drive with host Kaakyire Ofori Ayim, Rhoda Appiah,  asked the general public to be vigilante when buying fish from the market.

She revealed that some unscrupulous persons who chanced on the fishes have resorted to selling them at cheap rates on the markets.

He said the FDA is currently under going inspections and examinations of fishes on the market.

“We would plead with the public especially market women not be enticed by cheap fish on the market. Let’s ensure that when we are buying fish from the market, looking at the incident at hand, we need to ensure that they are wholesome and can be consumed without any issue”, she added.

FDA PRO, Rhoda Appiah, also pleaded with the general public to report any suspicious person to the FDA through the holtlines 0551112224  and  0551112224.

Ghana | | Vivian Adu Boatemaa