Dr. De Fenzy Schandorf of the Aquatic Health Unit of the Fisheries Commission has cautioned fish farmers to be more cautious of the source of their fries and fingerlings. He advised farmers to buy their fries and fingerlings from certified hatchery operators to cut down diseases.
He said, ‘‘although fish diseases like Irridovirus, Lymphocystis and Orthomyxovirus also known as Tilapia lake virus have not been identified in the country, therefore there is a need to ensure effective bio security.’’ He noted that since the discovery of irridovirus and Lymphocystis as well as Orthomyxovirus in 1994 and 2014, these viruses have caused havoc to many fish farms in other countries.
Dr. De Fenzy Schandorf said this during a 5-day training session for Catfish hatchery operators across the country at Akosombo in the Eastern Region. The workshop which was organised with the support of the West Africa Regional Fisheries Project was aimed at bringing fish farmers to speed on basic requirements needed to efficiently establish and run a hatchery.
He entreated farmers to be more vigilant in handling sanitation issues at their farms to ensure safe and healthy environment for their fish.
Rev. Charles Opoku Sarfo, a hatchery operator at Duayaw Nkwanta in the Brong Ahafo Region on behalf of his other participants expressed gratitude to the Fisheries Commission and the West African Regional Fisheries Project for the training. He described the training as timely and called on Government to investigate suspected cases of Chinese importation of tilapia which has bigger sizes and shorter culturing periods.