Fish testing at 124 times over radiation limit caught off Fukushima

Reuters / Kim Hong-Ji
Fish with deadly levels of radioactive cesium have been caught just off the coast of Fukushima prefecture, as scientists continue to assess the damage caused to the marine food chain by the 2011 nuclear disaster. One of the samples of the 37 black sea bream specimens caught some 37 kilometers south of the crippled power plant tested at 12,400 becquerels per kilogram of radioactive cesium, making it 124 times deadlier than the threshold considered safe for human consumption, Japan’s Fisheries Research Agency announced.
AFP Photo / Kimimasa MayamaThe samples were caught at the mouth of the Niidagawa river in Iwaki, Fukushima Prefecture, on November 17. Two other fish caught there also tested non-safe for human consumption, showing radiations levels of 426 and 197 becquerels per kilogram. The rest of the fish were reportedly within safety limits.  Black sea bream are currently restricted from being fished in Miyagi and Fukushima prefectures and sold for human consumption, as scientists from the Fisheries Research Agency say they plan to investigate the source of the contamination further.  After the Fukushima disaster, Japan lowered its threshold for cesium levels in food from 500 becquerels per kg to 100 becquerels per kilo, making the country’s regulations six times stricter than European Union standards. The record cesium reading was recorded last year when a fish caught near the plant carried 740,000 becquerels of cesium per kilogram. More


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4 Responses to Fish testing at 124 times over radiation limit caught off Fukushima

  1. John InHim says:

    Yes, Dr.A.Cannara, No fear, just go ahead for a holy death as Kamikaze

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  4. Dr. A. Cannara says:

    Another piece that scares without showing what the meter in the picture is reading. What did we used to call this? Oh yes, “yellow journalism”.

    Why Becquerels? The Sievert measures biological effect. Probably the writer doesn’t know that he/she endures ~4400 Bq each second of every day he/she has been alive,, and it comes from the Potassium his/her kidneys regulate throughout his/her body. Then there are all the other radioactive elements naturally in our bodies.

    Why no worry about the Mercury still off Minimata? It doesn’t go away. Why no concern for the tsunami refugees, lost, killed, or homeless still? Why no mention of Onagawa (trick question)?

    So, some fish, like bottom feeders indeed will concentrate certain radioactive materials from Fukushima. So the govt. is indeed protecting people properly from them. But, being radioactive means going away, for all isotopes. Cesium 134 & 137 are going away continually, and are actually used by US marine biologists to study fish migration to our west coast. It’s hard to study however, because the radioactivity levels are so low in migrating fish from Fukushima areas– well below safe limits.

    What this piece displays is a sad willingness to propagate ignorance & fear to the readers of this site. Why? Ad $ from clicks? Contributions from improperly scared folks? Shame.

    Dr. A. Cannara
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