MCE seizes smoked dolphins in Axim[PHOTO]

MCE seizes smoked dolphins

MCE seizes smoked dolphins in Axim which were being prepared for market sales.

As early as last Friday, tons of fish were found along the shores of the Osu Castle beach.

Over 80 mammals believed to be melon-headed whales were on Sunday, April 4, 2021, washed ashore at the Axim-Bewire beach in the Nzema East Municipality.

The consumption or sale the animals were outrighlty banned but some failed to adhere.

Yesterday,Thursday, April 8, a swoop by the Nzema East Municipal Chief Executive, Frank Okpenyen, led to the confiscation of smoked dolphins in parts of Axim where fishmongers were operating.

MCE seizes smoked dolphins

The swoop led by the police and officials of the Food and Drugs Authority, FDA, came on the back of a report by Accra-based Citi FM; which showed fishmongers briskly smoking the giant mammals.

When the enforcement team arrived, they found a basket full of already smoked dolphins together with about 20 dead dolphins, a Citi News report said.

MCE seizes smoked dolphins

“Out of these (68), 30 were alive and 38 were dead. The team released the live dolphins back to the ocean and buried the dead ones at the Assembly’s refuse disposal site. The remaining 132 washed-ashore fishes are in the hands of the residents,” the statement by the Assembly added.

MCE seizes smoked dolphins