Kenroy Gordon, Chairman of the Disaster Committee for the Portmore City Municipality
The National Environment and Planning Agency (NEPA) is investigating the cause of a small fish kill in the community of Bridgeview in Portmore, St. Catherine.
NEPA and political representatives visited the area on Thursday following complaints from residents of the nearby Bridgeview community.
Kenroy Gordon, Chairman of the Disaster Committee for the Portmore City Municipality, told Radio Jamaica News the team observed dead fish in the Westport and Bridgeview communities.
"We additionally went along the Dawkins Pond just to see how widespread this condition was. However, it was not noticeable in other areas, including the Port Henderson area, otherwise known as 'Back Road'," he explained.
Althea Morrison, a resident of Bridgeview, said the fish kill is an annual problem that produces a foul odour and causes great discomfort for residents.
"This time it's with the small fishes, last year we had bigger fishes," she said, as she speculated whether the issue could be the result of a broken sewer.
Ms Morrison urged the authorities to identify and address the cause of the recurring problem.