The Great Salt Pond fish could be poisonous

POSTED: 10/2/15 12:07 PM

Dead fish salt pomdTilapias are dying off in the Great Salt Pond and near the floodgate on Illidge Road. Photo Today / Leo Brown

St. Maarten (DCOMM) – The Ministry of Public Health, Social Development and Labor advises citizens not to consume any fish from the country’s ponds.

The Nature Foundation issued an alert last weekend about tilapia fish die off in the Great Salt Pond.  The foundation and the Vromi-ministry have worked to ease the serious drought that has been impacting the water levels in the ponds.

Last weekend individuals were seen catching fish from the Salt Pond for possible human consumption.

According to the Collective Prevention Service (CPS), the fish from the Great Salt Pond and the Fresh Pond could be poisonous, and is not fit for human consumption.

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

The Nature Foundation took various soil samples in order to test for a wide spectrum of heavy metals in the Great Salt Pond. The results were positive for nickel, zinc, arsenic, lead, cadmium, copper, chromium and other heavy metals.

Some of these heavy metals can cause cancer and may also result in organ poisoning.


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