The Ministry of Fisheries and Aquaculture Development is Coordinating an inter-agency investigation into the reported incidents of dead fishes of various species, washed ashore beaches in Accra and Axim this weekend.
The agencies include Fisheries commission, Food and Drugs Authority, the Environmental Protection Agency, the Ghana Maritime Authority, Ghana Navy, Marine Police and the respective Metropolitan Municipal and District Assemblies in the areas affected.
The investigations will determine the cause of the incidents and possible preventive measures in the future.
The agencies are also collaborating to prevent an entry of fish from the incident into the markets and food chain. The Ministry in a statement signed by the sector minister Mavis Hawa Koomson assured the public that it will take all necessary steps to protect the fisheries industry from the potential harmful effects of this incident.
Further, the Ministry reiterates the advice of the Food and Drugs Authority to the public to desist from consuming the fish, in view of the potential risk to health and safety. The public is also being entreated to inspect the freshness of the eyes and gills of fish they seek to buy, which should generally be reddish in colour.
The washed-ashore fish typically shows signs of popped out and unclear eyes, dull colouration of gills, bloating around the abdominal areas and possible oozing of foul scented fluids.