Dead Fish Washed Up On Kismayo Beach Raises Fears of Toxic Waste Dumping

Kismayo (PP News Desk) — On Friday morning, Kismayo residents who went to Lido beach for morning swim had encountered the unusual sight of dead fish strewn on the beach. One of the visitors filmed the scene and shared it on social media platforms.

Dead fish that washed up on Kismayo’s Lido beach on Friday morning.

Fish sellers in Kismayo believe that illegal dumping of toxic waste in the Somali coastline “resulted in the death of fish that washed up on Kismayo beach.” Jubaland authorities in Kismayo have yet to visit Kismayo beach or order investigation into causes of dead fish scattered around the beach.

The silhouette of the visitor filming the dead fish scattered on Kismayo beach.

Somalia does not have coastal guards. Kenyan Defence Forces within Amisom control Kismayo Port. Somalia and Kenya have maritime disputes with each other over sea boundaries not too far from Kismayo.

“The United Nations puts more resources into fighting piracy, and Al-shabaab seen as a threat to global stability but derelicts its duty to protect Somalia’s sea against toxic waste dumping” said Dahir Ali Ibrahim, a businessman in Kismayo.

“Anti-piracy forces in the Indian Ocean must be given the mandate to search ships suspected of carrying toxic waste” Abshir Mohamud, a security researcher told Puntland Post reporter in Kismayo.

© Puntland Post, 2021