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  • The North East Regional Health Authority has been advised of a Fishkill at Otrum River Port Maria St. Mary. Additionally those persons are harvesting these dead fishes for sale or human consumption.
  • The source of the contamination is being investigated by the St. Mary Health Department and samples are being collected for further investigations.
  • The matter had also been referred to National Environmental and Planning Agency (NEPA) and the Ministry of Agriculture as well as the Port Maria Police for action.

The North East Regional Health Authority has been advised of a Fishkill at Otrum River Port Maria St. Mary. Additionally those persons are harvesting these dead fishes for sale or human consumption.

THE PUBLIC IS ADVISED THAT THESE FISHES ARE UNFIT FOR HUMAN CONSUMPTION AND MUST NOT BE EATEN!!  The source of the contamination is being investigated by the St. Mary Health Department and samples are being collected for further investigations.

The matter had also been referred to National Environmental and Planning Agency (NEPA) and the Ministry of Agriculture as well as the Port Maria Police for action.

The Public Health Department will seize and condemn any fish found which is suspected to be unfit.

The following are some tips on identifying Fresh Fish versus unfit/ Spoiled fish

  1. The smell of fresh fish is specific to its origin (sea, lake, river, fish pond) and it is pleasant and neutral. Spoiled fish has an unpleasant, sharp smell (bad fish) and rot.
  2. Eyes of fresh fish are bulging and shiny. Eyes of spoiled fish are cloudy and sunken into the head.
  3. Gills and fins of fresh fish are moist. In old fish they are dry, covered with sticky slime, grayish-brown in color and smell bad. Healthy gills are of a nice, bright red color.
  4. Skin in live and fresh fish is moist, must be unharmed and have a naturally metallic glow. Scales must be tightly attached to the body. The surface of healthy, fresh fish must be tight and shiny so that fish slides out of your hands. Discoloration and cracked skin are signs of rotting fish. Old or bad fish has already started loosing its scales.
  5. Slime is equally distributed over the fish, it is clear and odorless. With bleeding, slime gets increased, murky and dirty and has a sour smell.
  6. The body of a fresh fish is firm and has a specific consistency and appearance. When pressed it should bounce back. Soft, grey and inelastic fish is old or bad.
  7. Belly of a live and fresh fish is shiny and undamaged, and the anal opening is tight. Anal opening of old and bad fish sticks out and is yellow-brown in color.

 

Please advised also that list is not exhaustive