The Nzema East Municipal Assembly had reported that some thirty (30) live dolphins have been rescued from households after news broke of the sea mammals and other fishes being washed ashore last Sunday. Sadly about one hundred and thirty-two (132) out of the over two hundred (200) of these sea mammals have not been retrieved yet from households.
An official communication from the the Municipal Coordinating Director, Daniel Bentum Essel indicated that some thirty-eight (38) of these dolphins that were retrieved from residents at Brawire Akyenim coast, were already dead and being prepared for consumption.
He noted that the 30 dolphins that were alive had been released into the ocean and an aggressive search undertaken to retrieve the remaining ones from the fishing communities. According to him the dead dolphins had been buried to avoid any contamination.
"The team upon hearing such bizarre occurrences, put in stringent measures and retrieved 68 dolphins from the shore and residents. Out of these, 30 were alive and 38 were dead. The team released the live dolphins back to the ocean and buried the dead ones at the Assembly’s refuse disposal site. The remaining 132 washed-ashore fishes are in the hands of the residents," he detailed.
The Municipal Assembly had involved the Bureau for National Investigations (BNI), Environmentalists and other stakeholders to ensure that all other stock in possession with residents of the communities are retrieved an discarded appropriately.
"The Assembly with the help of the BNI, Police, the Environmental Health Officer and Chief Fishermen are currently assisting in investigations to retrieve the remaining fishes sent home by some individuals for domestic and commercial purposes.
"The public is hereby advised to volunteer information of all suspected cases of possession or selling fishes washed ashore to the relevant institutions like: the BNI, Police, Environment Health Officers, Chief Fishermen and local authorities for action to be taken on them."
Relatedly, some households and fishmongers had already started processing some of the fishes for meals. Some report they did not have any reaction or sickness.
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