Stay off Number 63 Beach until dead fish removed
- Committee Chairman
The Chairman of the Number 63 Beach Committee, Adrian Anamayah is advising persons to stay off the beach until all the dead fishes that have washed up there are removed.
Anamayah told Kaieteur News that Drainage and Irrigation workers from the Number 52-74 Neighbourhood Democratic Council (NDC) have been tasked with cleaning and sanitizing the area. He estimated that this exercise could take a week.
The situation is especially hazardous to visitors because of the presence of numerous fish bones scattered on the beach.
Mystery continues to surround the presence of dead fishes along the Upper Corentyne seashores. The situation was reported late Friday by several persons in the areas from Number 49 to Number 65 Villages. A group of English teachers who met for a Subject Committee Workshop along the beach reported seeing large numbers of dead fish along the shore. They described it as a ‘frightening sight’.
When Kaieteur News visited on Saturday, the beach was virtually abandoned except for a group of young men playing cricket. There was no swimming in the water. There was dead, rotting fish, most of which were unscaled, cat- fish in varying amounts scattered throughout the shore length of the beach. The stench from rotting fish was unbearable despite the high sea-breeze.
The dead fishes which varied in size had a purple colour which many suggested was a result of them ingesting some poisonous substance.
Anamayah said, “We’re advising people not to go on it [the beach] because of the stench; we’re trying to get it clean, it’s kind of a dirty job”.
“You always get dead fishes on the beach; it’s a natural process, but this is not normal”, he related.
And Gobin Harbhajan, a businessman of Number 57 Village said that “for the past four days I have been receiving information of lots of dead fishes appearing on the shore. I went Wednesday and took a look and went Thursday and it kept multiplying. There are fishes of all species, it’s not one kind. Trawler boats won’t throw away all those [fishes]”, he mentioned.
“It seems to me maybe the water has some sort of poison in it. It can be the water is contagious. You’re talking about every [kind of] fish. This is the first time I see so much dead fishes at one place”, he related.
Harbhajan noted the danger that the situation can pose since alot of fish bones are strewn all over the beach shore. He also stated that some persons may also attempt to sell the fishes. “People can come out and sell these fishes, you never know”.