In the last two days, more than 60 dolphins and a large number of different fish species have washed ashore along the coasts of Axim-Bewire in the Nzema East Municipality of the Western Region, Osu in the Greater Accra Region, and Keta in the Volta Region.
Over 60 dolphins washed ashore in Axim-Bewire alone, according to Graphic Online’s Dotsey Kobla Aklorbortu, on Sunday, April 4, 2021.
On Friday, April 2, 2021, some of the large species of fish spotted in Osu in Accra washed ashore.
On Sunday, April 4, 2021, a large number of dead tuna washed ashore in Keta, Volta Region.
Environmental officers from the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) are working hard in these areas to keep the public from eating the fish or coming into contact with them because it is still unclear what is killing them and causing them to wash ashore.
Environmental officers are concerned that many of these fish and sea mammals did not wash ashore alive, but rather dead, and that samples must be collected for laboratory analysis.
According to Graphic Online’s Western Regional correspondent, Dotsey Kobla Aklorbortu, all 60 dolphins have gone missing from the shore of Axim-Bewire in the Western Region, because the processed dolphin is said to fetch a very high price in the market.
The Ghana Police Service’s Marine Police Unit and the Fisheries Commission are currently on their way to the scene to help contain the situation and, if possible, retrieve them from those handling it.
Meanwhile, according to a statement issued by the Fisheries Commission on Sunday, April 4, 2021, information about the incident was received by the commission on Saturday, April 3, 2021, in the evening, in relation to the fish mortalities sighted at the Osu Castle Beach.
According to a statement issued by the Fisheries Commission’s Executive Director, Michael Arthur-Dadzie, a team from the Fish Health Unit and the Fisheries Scientific Survey Division of the Fisheries Commission was dispatched to the area.
“Upon arrival at the beach, the team noticed that there were dead small pelagic and demersal fishes at the shore.
“Initial observation of the fishes showed no wound /lesions on their bodies. It is to be noted that after two to three days of the death of an animal pathological signs change. Samples of the fish were collected on ice to be examined critically in the laboratory.
“Sea water samples have also been collected at the beach in the Korle Klottey District in the Greater Accra Region.
“Examinations will be carried out on the fish gills and other histological examinations will equally be conducted to ascertain any pathological cause. The seawater samples collected will be analysed for physical, chemical and other biological parameters.
“The colour of the sea and temperature are normal. We assure everyone that we are working hard to ascertain the actual cause of mortality of the fish,” the commission assured. Please for further information contact the – Michael Arthur-Dadzie (Esq.) on 0244735506.