Salt Pond fish could be poisonous

POSTED: 03/8/13 1:33 PM

St. Maarten – Reports continue to reach the Ministry of Public Health, Social Development and Labour that individuals have been observed picking up or catching fish from the Salt Pond for possible human consumption.

The Salt Pond fish could be poisonous and residents should refrain from eating fish from the Salt Pond.

Fish poisoning symptoms can occur anywhere from two to 12 hours after eating fish. They include: abdominal cramps, diarrhea, nausea and vomiting.

Secondly, due to a lack of circulation of the water in the Salt Pond near an area where work is being carried out, a large number of fish have died due to the lack of oxygen.

Residents and other persons are strongly advised to leave the fish, do not take them home to cook as the fish are not fit for human consumption. The Ministry of Public Health continues to receive reports of individuals fishing in the area.

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