Ghana Government Probes Mass Fish Kill Reported in Osu Castle, Accra

Ghanaian authorities are investigating the cause of death of several species of fish and dolphins which washed ashore on beaches in the country’s coastal areas on April 2nd.

Officials say the dead fish washed up on three different Atlantic Ocean coastal areas of the West African country. Some locals took the dead fish home to eat while others took their bounty and put them up for sale.

The Ministry of Fisheries and Aquaculture said it has dispatched a team to investigate the issue.

In a statement, Executive Director of the Fisheries Commission, Michael Arthur-Dadzie said “A team from the Fish Health Unit and the Fisheries Scientific Survey Division of the Fisheries Commission was dispatched to the area. Upon arrival on the beach, the team noted that there were dead small pelagic demersal fishes at the shore.”

“Initial observation… showed that there were no wounds/lesions on the bodies of the fish.” Arthur-Dadzie added that samples of the fish and seawater were being examined to find the cause of the event.

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