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Fear over stained fish grips Jayapura residents

  • Benny Mawel

    The Jakarta Post

Jayapura   /   Wed, November 20 2019   /  12:46 am

Concerns over contaminated fish have arisen among residents of Jayapura, Papua following a broadcast message about fish that have been contaminated by mining waste at a bay in Papua New Guinea.Reuters reported in August that waste from the Ramu nickel plant, owned by the Metallurgical Corporation of China, in Madang, Papua New Guinea had spilled into the adjacent Basamuk Bay, as locals noticed red discharge clouding parts of the bay.In a separate report in October, Reuters mentioned that results of an investigation into the spill by an Australian laboratory found no ongoing environmental impact. However, while Basamuk Bay has been declared safe for swimming and recreation, authorities ordered locals not to eat fish from the area for four to six weeks as the environmental agency had not declared whether any heavy metals had contaminated the food chain, as reported by R...