Newmont studies dead fishes discovered in Ahafo Mine Water Storage Facility

01/03/2012

Newmont Ghana is studying dead fish discovered at its Ahafo Mine fresh Water Storage Facility (WSF) to determine if they died of natural or other causes. 

The regulatory authorities have been notified of the fish discovery and will be informed of the outcome of the study when complete. Some 3,000 dead fish have so far been found with the onset of the Harmattan weather conditions, which have in the past caused fish to die.

The Water Storage Facility is a fresh water dam built to provide supplementary freshwater for the Ahafo Mine Processing Plant. Newmont has stocked the WSF with Tilapia and Cat fish to control mosquito larvae.

It is a restricted area and hamlets within the surrounding area have been educated against using the water for their domestic activities and consumption. Alternative water sources (bore holes) have been provided for all the hamlets. A community patrol team has been engaged and trained to educate potential trespassers from fishing or swimming in the Water Storage Facility.

The company is currently preparing to release water from the Water Storage Facility to improve the circulation of freshwater in the facility in order to manage the ecological balance. The facility will also be depopulated of fish as part of current measures to manage this seasonal incident.

More information will be provided on whether or not the fish died of natural or other causes once the studies are complete.