Dominica: Dead octopus, chicken parts dumped in Layou River, Jimit Beach

The dead aquatic animals have been found dumped in the Layou River, Jimit Beach and Machoucherie River in Dominica.

Dominica: Dead octopus, chicken parts dumped in Layou River, Jimit Beach
Dominica: Dead octopus, chicken parts dumped in Layou River, Jimit Beach

Roseau, Dominica: The dead aquatic animals have been found dumped in the Layou River, Jimit Beach and Machoucherie River in Dominica.

The indiscriminate dumping of animals has created an alarming situation throughout the country as it poses potential risks to public health due to the foul smell.

The Environmental Health Department of Dominica is actively investigating the matter and working diligently to identify those responsible for this behaviour. The Ministry of Health, Wellness and Social Services assured the public that appropriate action will be taken against the perpetrators.

The incident came to light after a video went viral online showing what appears to be dead octopuses at Rodney’s Rock on Sunday Morning. In addition to the Octopus situation at the Layou River and Jimit Beach, the government of Dominica has received information about a large number of chicken parts being dumped in the Macoucherie River.

While issuing the statement, the Ministry of Health emphasized the proper management of the waste. It added that the disposal of dead aquatic animals or any kind of waste should be done in a responsible manner. 

The Ministry said that such incidents not only threaten the aquatic ecosystem but also endanger the health and wellbeing of the people of Dominica. 

Outlining some guidelines, the press release mentioned that the public is advised to exercise caution when purchasing seafood, especially from non-tradition vendors. The seafood should also meet the required health and safety standards. 

The Health Ministry also assured the proper safeguarding of the health and wellbeing of the citizens. It said that the public must adopt the vigilant approach and report any suspicious activities related to indiscriminate dumping or any other environmental health hazards. 

“We will continue to work closely with relevant authorities and the community to address this matter. Regular updates will be provided on the efforts to remedy the situation in the Layou River, ”said the Ministry. 

It further asked for the proper support of the public in preserving the environment and natural reserves of Dominica.