Nzema East MCE retrieves 20 dolphins from fishmongers at Axim.
The Municipal Chief Executive of the Nzema East, Frank Okpenyen has led a team of taskforce to confiscate about 20 dead dolphins which was prepared for the market by some fishmongers at Axim.
The MCE with support from the taskforce which include; personnel from Food and Drug Authority, Police, BNI, Environmental Health Officer of the Assembly, Chief Fishermen among others quickly moved to the location where the dead dolphins were processed for commercial purposes.
According to the MCE, the team upon arrival at the location, found a big basket full of already smoked dead dolphins that washed ashore the coast of Brawire Akyenim.
Speaking to Ghananest.com on telephone, the MCE said, apart from the 20 dolphins that were confiscated from the fishmongers, there are about 112 dolphins still in the possession of the residents.
He said, so far about 88 of the dolphins in the possession of the people have been retrieved.
According to 200 of the dolphins were taken away by the residents when they were washed ashore the coast.
Mr. Okpenyen said, the team is working assiduously to retrieve all the 112 remaining dolphins which are in the possession of the people.
He expressed his readiness to work hard to ensure the safety of the public.
He indicated that the assembly has intensified it’d public education and sensitization, cautioning the public to desist from consuming the dead fishes that were washed ashore since the cause of the death had not been established.
The MCE admonished the public to volunteer information of all suspected cases of possession or selling of the dolphins to the relevant authorities for swift intervention and action.
On Sunday, April 4, 2021, about 200 melon-headed whales were washed ashore the coast of Brawire Akyenim in the Nzema East municipality.
The residents who were around a time the marine mammals were washed ashore attacked and killed some of them and sent them home for domestic and commercial purposes.
A team from the assembly including the MCE, Police, BNI, Environmental Health officer, Chief Fishermen among others got to the beach and realized some of the dolphins had been taken home. So they quickly rolled out some measures to retrieve about 68 of the dolphins.
After retrieving the 68 dolphins from the people, 30 were found alive and were taken back to the sea while the 38 dead dolphins were buried at the assembly’s refuse dumping site.
So far 88 of the dolphins that were sent home by the residents had been retrieved with the 112 still in the possession of the people.
Source: Ghananest.com|Matthew Dadzie