Some cheap fish can be contaminated

Senior lecturer at the Department of Marine and Fisheries at the University of Ghana, Professor Francis Nunoo has cautioned members of the general public against buying fishes at very reduced prices.

His warning stems from recent reports of dead sea creatures getting washed ashore on some coasts in the southern part of the country.

Already, over 60 dolphins have been found dead at the coast of Axim-Bewire on Sunday, April 4, with the cause of death unestablished.

The said dolphins have gone missing while processed dolphins currently attract high prices on the market.

In view of these recent happenings, Professor Nunoo in an interview with Bernice Abu-Baidoo Lansah on News Desk advised Ghanaians to be wary of their purchases since such fishes could also be sold relatively cheap.

“We all know the normal average prices of fish. So if you see somebody selling a huge high-class fish very cheaply, you must question it. Cheap fish is dangerous. Please let us not buy cheap fish,” he said.

According to him, Ghanaians should be on the lookout for fishes that have red gills and do not emit foul smells because such fishes are wholesome.

“If the fish has some smell as well as some spots or the gills are not as red as they are supposed to be, then this is not a freshly caught fish or wholesome fish,” he added.

Again, Prof Nunoo advised fishermen to be cautious when fishing since there have been no concrete reports on the death of these sea mammals.

He noted that the Department of Marine and Fisheries together with the Institute for Environment and Sanitation Studies (IESS) at the University of Ghana, Legon, have commenced analysis on some samples of the fishes.

“We are hoping that latest by tomorrow or close of today, we can pinpoint something but for now, people can go about their normal business. The outpour of the fishes has ceased for now. So for now, we will say that the sea is okay so people can go fishing,” he stated.