Stakeholder institutions made up of the Environmental Protection Agency, Fisheries Commission, Water Resource Commission, Ghana Police Service, National Security, Environmental Health and Sanitation and...
Stakeholder institutions made up of the Environmental Protection Agency, Fisheries Commission, Water Resource Commission, Ghana Police Service, National Security, Environmental Health and Sanitation and the National Disaster Management Organization(NADMO) on Thursday met over incidents of tilapia mortality in Asuogyaman District.
The meeting convened by the Acting Eastern Regional Director of NADMO,Kwame Appiah Kodua was to deliberate on establishing the possible causes of the mass tilapia deaths,make recommendations to prevent future occurence and ensure Public Safety.
The Eastern Regional Director of Environmental Protection Agency, Felix Addo -Okyereh said the agency is carrying out laboratory investigations on the recent incident to establish the cause of deaths.
On the way forward, stakeholders outlined measures to ensure safe burials of the dead fishes and also intensify surveillance to ensure that none of the affected fishes is smuggled unto the open market particularly for production of “Kobi”,an axercise to be carried out by a taskforce formed by Stakeholders.
Again, stakeholders planned to meet local stakeholders -farm owners, traders, fish mongers,and traditional leaders on Tuesday, 18th December, 2018 by which,it is expected laboratory results will be out .
Over 100 tonnes of Tilapia have recently died in aqua-farms including West Africa Fish Farm at Asikuma and Tropo farms.
The cause of the incident is under investigation.
This incident happened barely two months after about six tones of Tilapia fish died at Fujian Fish Farm at Asutuare.
The strange incident was initially suspected to have been caused by poisonous contamination but the Ministry of Fisheries and Aquaculture Development on November 20,2018 ruled out poisoning after laboratory investigations.
The Ministry said ,based on the diagnostic report received from various laboratories both home and abroad,“we are in a position to declare that products from the Fujian Farm and nearby farms pose no public health risk to the consuming public”
“Our fears of poisonous substances have been ruled out from the diagnostic reports received so far, the Ministry further added.
The Ministry revealed that, the report from’ Ghana Standards Authority (GSA) and other labs in France and United Kingdom on incident at the Fujian farms and other farms including Maleka and Triton Fish Farms at Dodi-Asantekrom corroborated that the mass fish kills were rather caused by foreign matter or the environment.
The laboratory identified the presence of Streptococcus agalacitae as possible cause of death.
The Streptococcus spp infection is known to have long history of causing deaths in fish farms in the country but are always controlled by vaccines.