These are certainly not the best of times for seafarers to do their little fishing at anchorage, President of the Nigerian Association of Master Mariners, Captain Tajudeen Alao, has warned.
Captain Alao’s advice comes as a result of reports of a decomposing Whale being harvested by locals around Finima coastlines in Bonny Rivers State.
He said: “Seafarers should be advised not to fish at anchorage during this time. The practice is common with crew at jackup rigs offshore.”
Locals are reportedly helping themselves to huge portions of meat from the dead and decomposing Whale, which was found washed ashore the Mbisu community on Friday.
Of more worries, Capt. Alao said, is the fact that along the same coastline and further several other coastal communities in the Niger Delta, the people woke up to see hoards of dead croaker fish washed ashore about three weeks ago.
In a similar way, the locals had harvested, eaten and alleged to have been selling the fish, not minding what might have been the cause of the deaths.
As of now, results of the scientific investigations to ascertain possible cause of death of the croaker fish have yet been given.