Dead fishes washed ashore

The Fisheries Commission has announced that it is investigating the cause of death of fishes washed ashore the Osu Castle Beach.

A statement signed and issued by Mr Michael Arthur-Dadzie, the Executive Director of the Fisheries Commission, said the Commission received information in the evening of April 3, 2021, about fish mortalities sighted at the Osu Castle Beach.

It said a team from the Fish Health Unit and the Fisheries Scientific Survey Division of the Commission dispatched to the area noticed that there were dead small pelagic and demersal fishes at the shore.

It said the initial observation of the fishes showed no wound or lesions on their bodies.

The statement explained that the colour of the sea and temperature at the time of visitation was normal.

It however said the usual happening was that after two to three days of death of an animal, pathological signs changed.

Accordingly, the statement said samples of the fish have been collected on ice to be examined critically in the laboratory.

It added that sea water samples have also been collected at the Korle Klottey District in the Greater Accra Region to be tested.

“Examinations will be carried out on the fish gills and other histological examinations will equally be conducted to ascertain any pathological cause,” the statement said.

The sea water samples collected would also be analysed for physical, chemical and other biological parameters.

“We assure everyone that we are working hard to ascertain the actual cause of mortality of the fish,” the statement added.