In Ghana, the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) has ruled out poisoning as the cause of death in the varying species of fish that were washed ashore a few weeks ago.
Executive Director of the Agency, Henry Kokofu, also backed the earlier reports that stress factors caused the death of the aquatic animals.
The EPA assessment is in line with the Fisheries Commission’s preliminary investigations which indicated that stress factors caused the deaths.
The fish were found along the shores of the Osu Castle beach in Accra and ashore at the Axim-Bewire beach in the Nzema East Municipality.
There were some concerns about the state of the fish since some residents in the affected areas took some of the fish for consumption, despite cautions from experts.
Shedding more light on the stress factors, Mr. Kokofu noted that oxygen deficiency, heat and fatigue contributed to the fish deaths.