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Scores of dead dolphins, tuna and other large fishes have been found at the Osu beach in Accra and Axim-Bewire beach in the Western Region. 

A statement from the Fisheries Commission said similar incidents have been recorded in other coastal areas in the country.

It said a team from the Fish Health Unit and the Fisheries Scientific Survey Division of the Fisheries Commission was dispatched to the various beaches and they found dead small pelagic and demersal fishes at the shores.

According to the statement, initial observation of the fishes showed no wound/lesions on their bodies and samples of the fish were collected on ice to be examined critically in the laboratory.

The Commission said “sea water samples have also been collected at the beach in the Korle Klottey District in the Greater-Accra Region. Examinations will be carried out on the fish gills and other histological examinations will equally be conducted to ascertain any pathological cause.”

“The sea water samples collected will be analyzed for physical, chemical and other biological parameters. The colour of the sea and temperature are normal. We assure everyone that we are working hard to ascertain the actual cause of mortality of the fish,” it noted.

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