Government through the Ministry of Fisheries and Aquaculture Development (MoFAD) has released about 39 dolphins back into the sea.
This is a fraction of some 60 dolphins that were washed ashore at some beaches in the Western Region.
According to reports from the Fisheries Commission at Axim, Western Region, some fishermen had on 4th April 2021 reported that a pod of dolphins had been washed ashore at Brewire-Akyenim beach, a landing site in the Nzema East Municipality.
The Chief Fisherman at Lower Axim, who confirmed the incident, indicated that some fishermen who witnessed the scene have transported some of the dolphins into the community.
MOFAD through the Fisheries Commission, with support from the marine police embarked on a public sensitization drive using the Information Centers in the communities to dissuade people from consuming the dolphins.
A statement by the Ag. Western Regional Director for Fisheries Commission, Mr. Arafat Salifu noted that about 30 dolphins were found on a truck at Brewire beach with 25 of them still alive. At Fantiline (Lower Axim), an additional 14 were found with bruises, having been manhandled by residents.
He said so far, no new cases of such incident had been recorded, however, the Fisheries Commission in collaboration with the Environmental Protection Agency, Food and Drugs Authority, Axim Environmental Health Officers, Bureau of National Investigation (BNI), Naval Intelligence, the Assembly man of Brewire and the Municipal police buried all the dolphins which had been carted into the community.
Dolphins in the country’s waters are one of the highly protected marine mammals and MOFAD, in collaboration with the Fisheries Commission has, on many occasions, educated fishermen and coastal communities on the need to protect the mammals.
Source: Public Relations Unit, MoFAD