THE MINISTRY of Environment, Climate Change, Disaster Management & Metrology has assured people in Marovo Lagoon, Western Province that they will respond to reports about the schools of dead fish and corals found dead early this week.
Director of Environment Joe Horokou told the Solomon Star that once formal reports reached his office, they will act on it.
On Sunday reports from Marovo said that schools of dead fish and corals have been reportedly discovered at a bay on the south-west of Marovo Lagoon.
Reports said the surprising discovery happened at the area between Bareho and Nazareth villages.
“Schools of fish have been seen floating on the sea’s surface including some corals,” the report said.
The discovery had caused fear amongst villagers around the area from doing any fishing to sell or consumption fish.
It was revealed this occurred following the hit by cyclone Raquel last week.
Solomon Island Community Conservation Partnership (SICCP) field Officer Tusa Jewia also confirmed receiving reports from the villagers about the incident to Solomon Star on Sunday afternoon.
Mr Horokou said that his division responsible for environment are yet to get formal report about the death of fish and corals in that area.
“I’ll follow-up on this report. If the report is true then my division will act upon it,” Mr Horokou said.
He said, he will communicate with the Ministry of Fisheries regarding the incident.
“Since the issue deals with environment and marine resources, I’ll work closely with the Ministry of Fisheries.”
By DENVER NEWTER