The Ministry of Natural Resources and Labour said it is investigating the cause of the major fish kill that happened at a pond in Josiah’s Bay, Tortola recently.
In a brief conversation with BVI News at the pond on Monday, Permanent Secretary Ronald Smith-Berkeley said water quality tests will be conducted this week.
Local authorities had said they suspect oxygen deprivation to be the cause of the issue, which killed hundreds of fish and a number of crabs.
The dead organisms had begun to cause a stink in the area so workmen from Bhanquest Development visited the site to conduct a cleanup exercise.
Workmen removed the dead fish from the pond. They also removed decomposing trees that had fallen in the water during the 2017 hurricanes.
Decaying vegetation are said to be one of the main causes of oxygen depletion in bodies of water such as the Josiah’s Bay pond. Head of the Environmental Health Department, Lionel Michael, said high temperatures and decreased water depth may also cause oxygen depletion, which may then lead to fish kills.
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