The Ministry of Fisheries and Aquaculture Development is coordinating an inter-agency investigation into the reported incidents of dead fish of various species washed ashore in Accra and Axim over the weekend.
The said investigation is to determine the causes of the incidents and possible preventive measures for the future.
The agencies include the Fisheries Commission, 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 respected areas affected.
The ministry in a statement urged the public “to inspect the freshness of the eyes and gills of fish they seek to buy, which should generally be reddish in colour.” Meanwhile, The Ghana Police Service and City security officials have been alerted to arrest any persons found distributing fish from these incidents into the Ghanaian food chain.
The Ministry however assures the general public that it will take all necessary steps to protect the fisheries industry from the potentially harmful effects of this incident. Further, the Ministry reiterates the advice of FDA to the general public to desist from consuming the fish, in view of the potential risk to health and safety.
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