Cause For Dead Fish Along Nation's Atlantic Shoreline Identified
The National Oil Spill Detection and Response Agency in Nigeria has revealed that the thousands of dead fish that recently washed up on its shores were more than likely killed by heavy metal poisoning.
The samples of the fish analyzed showed normal levels of hydrocarbon but high amounts of metals.
These are normally released into water from batteries and other industrial effluents
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Idris Musa, director-general of the Agency shared:
“The findings did not show hydrocarbons as the possible cause of the deaths,
However, there were some heavy metals such as cadmium, chromium, copper, zinc and iron that exceeded regulatory standard limits.”
Nigeria harvests most of its crude oil from the Niger River delta region in the Gulf of Guinea.
Oil spillage is a major cause of pollution in Nigeria.