The Food and Drugs Authority (FDA) has warned the general public not to consume the washed-ashore fish due to the potential health risks.
A statement released by the FDA stated that laboratory tests are underway to ascertain the cause of the death of the fishes washed ashore last Friday, April 2, 2021.
The statement also revealed that the FDA had dispatched its team to fish markets in Osu and other surrounding coastal areas in the capital to prevent the fish from entering the food markets.
“To prevent the washed-ashore fish from entering into the food chain the FDA inspection teams have been dispatched to fish markets including the Osu Mandela market in the Korle-Klottey Municipal Assembly.” the statement added.
It will be recalled that tons of dead fish were found along the beaches of the Osu Castle in Accra last Friday. In addition to that, close to 100 mammals suspected to be melon-headed whales were also washed ashore at the Axim-Bewire beach in the Nzema East Municipality of the Western Region.
Mr. Alhassan Arafat Salifu, the Western Regional Acting Director of the Fisheries Commission, told journalists that they were now in the process of ascertaining the actual numbers of fishes that were washed ashore since the incident occurred in different parts of the beaches across Ghana’s coastline.
Prof. Dennis Worlanyo Aheto, the Director of Centre for Coastal Management at the University of Cape Coast (UCC) has stated that the death of fishes which were washed ashore can be attributed to climate change effect.
Sharing his thoughts on this development, Prof Aheto said “This is not the first time. As a matter of fact these things do happen occasionally not just in Ghana but along coastal countries, so it is not surprising.”
“The more problematic one is the dolphins that have also been washed. These are marine mammals and it calls for concerns because these are already threatening the species” he said.
He further stated that there are a number of factors that can lead to this kind of situations, and that from the marine ecology point of view, the overturn of the ocean water due to climate change effect could lead to deoxygenated environment in the upper waters which can cause mass deaths.
“You cannot also rule out possible effect of chemical pollution in the water. We also do know that along the coast line particularly within our Atlanta areas.” he said.