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Cause(s) Of Dead Fishes Along The Shorelines Of Bayelsa, Delta And Rivers States Under Investigation — NOSDRA

Cause(s) Of Dead Fishes Along The Shorelines Of Bayelsa, Delta And Rivers States Under Investigation — NOSDRA

The National Oil Spill Detection and Response Agency (NOSDRA) said it is investigating the cause of the sudden appearance of dead fishes along the shorelines of Bayelsa, Delta and Rivers State.

In a Press Release made available to TheNigeriaLawyer (TNL) signed by the Director-General/Chief Executive, Idris O Musa, the Agency said:

“In the last few days, there had been a number of postings in the social media as well as the mass media on the sudden appearance of dead fishes along the shorelines of Bayelsa, Delta and Rivers State.”

It said it “carried out a reconnaissance of the area in Delta State where we first got the report through the member of a Non-Governmental Organization. There was no incidence of oil spill within the area of reported dead fishes notwithstanding that a few dead fishes were seen along the shoreline.

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“the event of recent days where the death of fishes in large numbers occurred, made it expedient to look beyond oil spillage as the likely cause of the death of fishes in such number. The agency proceeded to collect sample of water, sediments and some of the dead fishes for laboratory testing.

In doing so, the Agency brought on board other relevant Agencies of Government that equally have mandate on our territorial waters particularly Nigerian Maritime Administration and Safety Agency (NIMASA), Nigerian Institute of Oceanography and Marine Research (NIOMR), The Federal Institute of Fisheries, Research and National Environmental Standards and Regulations Enforcement Agency (NESREA) for all hands on deck assessment of the possible cause(s) of the dead of the fishes in such large numbers”

According to the NOSDRA, “currently, the analysis are being carried out and our findings will be jointly considered by these relevant stakeholders to enable an appropriate solution as well as put in place more stringent regulations in the future

It reiterated that “avoidance of serious incidents like this, accounts for why there is a limitation to the use of chemical dispersants regulations that prescribes the conditions and where such could be used in our water bodies.”

That “the Agency will continue to strive for a liveable and sustainable environment in our dear country”

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