Some eighteen (18) kilograms of contaminated tilapia have been destroyed by the Fisheries Commission at Asutsuare in the Shai Osudoku District of the Greater Accra Region.
Shoals of fish which were on Fujian Farm, a Chinese-owned fish farming company at Asutsuare, were supposedly imported into the country from China.
It is believed the strain which could not survive on the farm is genetically improved.
President of the Ghana Aquaculture Association, Jennifer Sodji, in a Citi News said Ghanaians should not panic over the matter.
She said “…We realized that the fishes were dying and then we alerted the fisheries commission. EPA also moved in there to investigate the fish at the farm. The general public is not supposed to be worried about it because as we speak part of that far FDA destroys 4,500 cartons of expired mackerel’’.
In October 2017 the Food and Drugs Authority (FDA), destroyed 4,500 cartons of contaminated canned fish that were said to be on transit to
Speaking to the Media, the Head of Communications from the FDA, Kames Lartey, said the products were cleared from the port on September
“We discovered that ‘So Nice mackerel’ and Asahi mackerel were shipped into the country by Dotsisco Ventures, but the documentation covering them indicated that they were on transit to Togo,” he said.
As the delivery was not destined for the Ghanaian market, the authorities at the Tema Port were not required to check the contents of the containers.
Ghana, which consumes over 950,000 metric tons of fish annually, currently imports over 60
Ghana in 2016 imported $135 million worth of fish because of the reduction in the country’s fish stock. According to the Minister for Fisheries and Aquaculture, Elizabeth Afoley Quaye in September 2017, she indicated that
“We have a deficit of over 60% of production of fish in Ghana. So we import over 600,000 metric tonnes of fish and we produce less than 400,000. At the moment we have our stocks depleting steadily and we really have to do something quickly about it else we lose our stocks entirely,”