The Minister of Fisheries and Aquaculture Development, Hon. Mavis Hawa Koomson, has released a press on April 6, 2021, following the incidents of some fishers that were washed ashore during the Easter weekend. The incidents which occurred at Osu Castle beach and Axim was on Friday and Sunday respectively.
Meanwhile earlier reports from the Food and Drugs Authority (FDA) and the Ghana Canoe Fishermen Council (GCFC) says that investigations are underway to ascertain vital information about the whole incidents.
Nonetheless the Minister of Fisheries and Aquaculture, Mavis Hawa Koomson has asked residents of Osu who has allegedly consumed some of the fish that were washed ashore to avail themselves for further investigations.
In a video, it was seen that some residents of Osu has consumed some of these fishes. There were some smoked and others salted for the purpose of preserving them in oder to sell.
Meanwhile Hon. Hawa Koomson had pleaded with the residents to cooperate with the Ministry and own up, so that the ministry can monitor them to know their health situation after consuming the fishes.
She also urged the market women to withdraw if there are any available for sell in the market. She said "we are doing our best to know what caused that situation". And for this matter it is not advisable for the public to use some it may be harmful in some way.
“I want to use this opportunity to plead with the community, if anyone has taken or consumed the fish please own up, so we can address any problems that may arise out of the consumption,” Hon. Hawa Koomson stated.
“We have sent samples to the laboratory. This is not a normal occurrence and until we can find out what has happened, we need to take measures to ensure no one is harmed and that is why FDA is here. We will hurry up and make sure the laboratory tests will come out as quickly as possible,” she added.
The Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) has promised Ghanaians to come out with the cause of the whole incidents.
“We would like to avert the fears of the public that everything is under control. Samples have been taken from Axim and other coastal lines to the nearest laboratory to be looked at. The EPA is forming a team of investigators which will include persons in academia. We are not doubting any information. We have taken everything in its own stride and by close of the week, we would be able to tell exactly what has happened,” EPA stated.
Meanwhile in an press release by the Ministry of Fisheries and Aquaculture Development on April 5, 2021, the ministry said to have coordinate an inter-agency investigation to ascertain any truth in this issue and punish any offender.
It also stated that the Ghana Police Service and some other security services have deployed personnel to arrest anyone found consuming or selling from these fishes.
Below are some except from the Ministry's press release;
“...the agencies include Fisheries commission, Food and Drugs Authority, the Environmental Protection Agency, the Ghana Maritime Authority, the Ghana Navy, the Marine Police and the respective Metropolitan, Municipal and District Assemblies in the respected area Affected.”
“The investigation will determine the causes of the incidents and possible preventive measures for the future.”
“The public will be updated of the outcome of this investigations,” it concluded.
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