The Fisheries and Aquaculture Minister, Mavis Hawa Koomson has revealed that fish stress is what caused the mass fish deaths that washed ashore at Osu beach on Sunday, April 4.
In a Facebook post, she wrote: “Officers from the Fish Health Unit and the Scientific Survey Division of the Fisheries Commission were dispatched to Osu Beach following a report on Fish kills to verify the situation and samples were subsequently taken for further investigation.
Today I interacted with Veterinary Doctors of the Fish health Unit of the Commission to be updated on the progress of the investigation so far.
According to Dr. Peter Zidda, a fish health Specialist of the Fisheries Commission, preliminary investigations conducted so far has revealed that the fish kills occurred as a result of stress factor on the side of the fishes.
He, however, added that, further pathological investigations on the gills of the fish kills are ongoing and any new development will be made public. My office is committed to ensuring that fishes from our shores are safe for consumption at all times.”