Massive die-off of oysters and scallops in Pacific Northwest: “Millions of shellfish dying” — Never seen anything like it — “By July mortality hit 95 to 100 per cent” — “Deformed shells, smaller in size” — “Cause is unknown, but ocean acidification is main suspect” (AUDIO)

Published: February 28th, 2014 at 11:50 pm ET


Globe and Mail, Feb. 27, 2014: Mystery surrounds massive die-off of oysters and scallops off B.C. coast […] Something is killing oysters and scallops in dramatic numbers […] The cause is unknown, but ocean acidification is the main suspect. […] last year, nearby Pendrell Sound had a massive die-off of wild oysters. […] [Rob Saunders, CEO of Island Scallops] has lost 10 million scallops over the past two years, and smaller companies have had similar problems. Mr. Saunders is pushing for a research project to find out what’s happening. […] one of BC’s biggest suppliers of fresh seafood, said the scallop die-off has rung alarm bells.

CBC, Feb. 25, 2014: The deteriorating health of B.C.’s oceans […] Millions of shellfish are dying off before they can be harvested at Island Scallops […] researchers will try to determine if acidification is to blame or if other factors are at play.

Vancouver Sun, Feb. 26, 2014: Scallop operations, big and small, are reporting die-offs this year. […] “No one — not even the researchers — expected the situation to decline this rapidly,” Saunders said. An audit of Island Scallops’ facilities early in 2013 counted three million scallops seeded in 2010 and seven million from 2011. “We started gearing up for processing,” he said. But the animals started to die soon after and by July, mortality hit 95 to 100 per cent. Other local growers faced the same fate.

Yves Perreault, president of the BC Shellfish Grower’s Association: “It’s a remote area, the water is clean … we haven’t had any environmental concerns, so I’m not sure what’s going on.”

Guy Dean, vice-president at Albion Fisheries: “It’s definitely a sign. It’s like the canary in the coal mine. That is the early indicator of climate change”

Rob Saunders, CEO of Island Scallops: “Is it a disease? Is it just strictly C02 stress or acid stress? If we don’t figure it out, then we don’t have an industry.”

Oceanside Star, Feb. 27, 2014: [A]cidity in the Pacific Ocean is decimating Vancouver Island’s farmed shellfish […] eating holes in the shells of scallops […] B.C. Shellfish Grower’s Association concludes that rising ocean acidity is killing oyster and scallop larvae in B.C. and Washington.

Rob Saunders, CEO of Island Scallops: “Initially, the cause was looked at as a disease […] We couldn’t grow any larvae. About three billion of them died […] At harvest, each hauled-up cage normally contains 300 scallops. Now, we’re getting less than five scallops per cage. These scallops have deformed shells and are smaller in size.”

CBC, Feb. 26, 2014:  Mr. Saunders, you’ve been in this business for 35 years, have you ever seen anything like this? No. […] It’s the North Pacific […] hatcheries in Washington State are seeing very similar problems […] Is it a pathogen? We don’t particularly know. We’ve looked at the known pathogens and it’s not occurring. […] We’re not quite sure what the problems are. […]

CBC interview with Rob Saunders of Island Scallops here

Published: February 28th, 2014 at 11:50 pm ET


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115 comments to Massive die-off of oysters and scallops in Pacific Northwest: “Millions of shellfish dying” — Never seen anything like it — “By July mortality hit 95 to 100 per cent” — “Deformed shells, smaller in size” — “Cause is unknown, but ocean acidification is main suspect” (AUDIO)

  • weeman

    I wonder what?

    • weeman

      At the beginning of accident just how much of the cores was vapiourized?
      Blown in the wind and lucky west coast was 5000 miles away, but it had to land somewhere in part a good part?

      • We Not They Finally

        Reactor 3 blew sky high and aerosolized uranium and plutonium traveled in air currents around the world.

        That's what turned Chris Busby around, apparently. At first he thought well, thousands of miles away, can't get there so soon, but then he saw that the food chain was being contaminated and dying off from the bottom up. So he realized that aerosolized uranium and plutonium have been filtering into the sea from the start and started calling it "truly terrifying" for the ocean ecology.

    • AlexfromNB

      "That is the early indicator of climate change”

      That's what one of these fellows said! Amazing! Sorry Pal, the massive die-off of sealife is due to radioactive contamination or a biological pathogen, not climate change! Wake up! My suggestion is that he learn a new trade as his current one has what many term a limited time horizon.

      • Emmanuel Truthseeker Emmanuel Truthseeker

        Note in the articles quoted above, from various 'news' sources; everything but radiation is being blamed and the old, worn out, global warming story is brought out to blame for the die offs and mutations. A good new word, perhaps, to label the idea of; old, worn out lies, long ago revealed to be such but still kept current in the minds of the sheeple; Gorisms. Al Gore can be of use for something; lending his name to the idea I presented.

        So, these Gorisms are brought out yet again; global warming, etc. By the way, it is minus 36 C outside, as I write these words, with no immediate end in sight. In the night it is so cold here, in these global warming times, in order to have a conversation one must bring an ice pick to take the ice off our words before they fall to the ground and shatter. LOL We have to make light of a cold situation up here in the frozen north. The thing is; for us up here, this is normal and we don't mind it. No mosquitos.

        I have friends in Victoria who totally ignore what is happening on their coast and in their air. By not acknowledging the dragon; it isn't there. So many people turn such an easy blind eye and then, when the SHTF, wonder why nobody warned them and start blaming the government. By then it will be too late.

        The governments of NORAM are totally irresponsible; in fact, they are criminally responsible for allowing irradiated food in the grocery. Our governments are criminals by not monitoring and informing.

      • moonshellblue moonshellblue

        I do think climate change does excerabate the massive die offs and the fact we have been using our oceans as a trash bin. Regardless it's very disconcerting and I hope they are working on alternatives for food such as hydroponics, etc. Of course the continuous dumping of highly radioactive water 24 7 is a prime suspect but climate change is another reality the masses seem to ignore. Thus our species is in for a rude awakening but I hope I'm wrong and people will soon wake up and acknowledge how dire these events truly are but most are distracted by the benign and so it goes.

        • lickerface lickerface

          I just don't see why global warming would even be the default correlation when all the data points to the downfall being Spring 2011. It is far more scientific to correlate all the marine collapse with Fukushima than revisit a bogus political movement lead by Al Gore.

      • atomicistheword

        Alex….. "That is the early indicator of climate change”

        Actually that is a true statement. The atomic radiation causes acidic rain in the atmosphere and ecological die off in the ocean, thus releasing methane into the atmosphere at acceleration causing global climate change. A cyclic disaster all round.

        BBC has a doco called the day the earth nearly died. It is about methane release, we have just revved the process up dramatically.

        • lickerface lickerface

          I guess "climate" could be a vaguely used term to even include "an environment filled with radionuclides". What a radioactive climate for all life, yes?

    • FallOut FallOut


      Since the first nuclear explosion in 1945, the open-sea environment
      has been subject to an everincreasing supply of radio-chemicals through
      expanded programs of weapon- testing, accidental sinkings of nuclear-powered
      ships, and the wastes from land-based and ship-board reactors. While most
      of these products have extremely short half- lives there are several whose
      half- lives are of sufficient length to be biologically important. The
      radionuclides of strontium and cesium are such products.

      The concentration
      and vertical distribution of Sr^*-' and Cs^-^7 have been determined (Bowen and
      Sugihara, 1960; Miyake , £t aj., 1962; Rocco and Broeckar, 1963). Both Bowen
      and Sugihara, and Miyake and his group reported more or less continuous
      decrease in activity from the surface to great depth, while Rocco and Broecker
      found an absence of activity between 400 and 1300 meters except in the Anarctic.
      The highest surface concentration and the greatest penetration was reported
      by Miyake; they reported concentrations of Sr-90 and Cs-137 in the surface
      waters of the Pacific of 3.1 mmc/L and 4.8 |j,)j,c/L respectively, and a vertical
      penetration to 5000 m. Since the distribution and final disposition of these
      radionuclides can be greatly influenced by marine organisms as they can be
      utilized along with stable isotopes in their metabolic processes, a study
      was made of…

      • FallOut FallOut

        While our knowledge of the mechanisms for the uptake and accumulation of radioisotopes by phytoplankton is still vague and incomplete, studies of organisms found in the effluent from nuclear reactors and in the radioactive sea water following a nuclear explosion have shown plankton capable of concentrating certain radioisotopes from water.

        Lackey (1957) found that
        Oedognonium in a settling basin at Oak Ridge National Laboratory had a count 10,000 times that of the water in which it was growing. The blue- green, algae growing in the thermal waters of the nuclear reactor effluents of the Savannah River Plant were able to concentrate the mixed fission and
        corrosion products by factors as great as 10,000 (Watts & Harvey, 1963)

    • FallOut FallOut

      Phytoplankton: " The Foundation Of The Ocean Food Chain "

      The organisms are nature's primary solar energy collectors. Utilizing photosynthesis they draw on the power of the sun to survive and produce the raw materials they need to exist. Due to this requirement to their existence, these organisms must live along the strongly lit surface layer of the water. This layer is known as the euphotic zone. This is true for any body of water and not just the ocean.

      It is estimated that there are 40% fewer phytoplanktic organisms in the world than there were in 1950. It should be noted that these food webs and chains are dynamic in nature and even some of the largest creatures in the world subsist almost entirely on these types of organisms.

      Phytoplankton is a term which encompasses all of the photoautotrophic microorganisms which exist within a marine ecosystem's food webb. These organisms serve as the basic beginning of most aquatic food webbs. Without them there would be a massive impact on the survival rate of most creatures on the planet.

      • Socrates

        Good stuff, FallOut!

        I spoke to a biochemist who confirmed that bottom filter-feeders would bioaccumulate. He seemed totally resistant to the idea that we were being exposed to anything significant in the oceans… I will use these studies to enlighten him. He defends his position behind a Ph.D and experience in Israel in nuclear matters when he served in the military.

        People are closing their minds to this issue of bioaccumulation. It seems so obvious if you take high school chemistry and biology with a few college classes in science.

        • FallOut FallOut

          If you look at the fallout after chernobyl you can project that same model and it puts much of it into the pacific ocean. Plus the corium in the aquifer.

          The phytoplankton gather in the eddies, these eddies also gather isotopes.

          They can blame what ever they want but what will they do when it happens soon, a dead ocean means no food chain.

  • Capt. Nemo Capt. Nemo

    Could this have something to do with Fukushima? Sorry to bring that up but being on this site is suggestive. Could be, couldn't it. We know they don't go to the dentist or take airplane rides or, I doubt, eat bananas. Frankly I have very little acquaintance with scallops. Someone should ask them where they hurt. Or are they too young when stricken? Surprised with the dollars spent on education and so one that this is a mystery. I will bet two dollars that Fukushima is involved just to show I am a good sport. How about you?

    • chevvvy chev

      double oe nuthin?

    • rogerthat

      The Walrus and the Carpenter
      Walked on a mile or so,
      And then they rested on a rock
      Conveniently low:
      And all the little Oysters stood
      And waited in a row.

      "The time has come," the Walrus said,
      "To talk of many things:
      Of shoes–and ships–and sealing-wax–
      Of cabbages–and kings–
      And why the sea is boiling hot–
      And whether pigs have wings."
      — Lewis Carroll, The Walrus and the Carpenter

      • Emmanuel Truthseeker Emmanuel Truthseeker

        Lewis was such a fine writer. I love his …of cabbages and kings… line; since so many kings are no brighter than cabbages, and the idea of a boiling hot ocean; that is a very, creepy, prescient observation because that is what is happening; the ocean is boiling with radiation; we say something is 'hot' when it has been rendered thusly. The Pacific Ocean is HOT now, and the 'cabbages' who are responsible have still not been dragged from their offices and used to stuff the bleeding orifices of the FUK UP they have caused.

        • Heart of the Rose Heart of the Rose

          Cabbages and Kings-O Henry-1904

          Written with the author's characteristic blend of humour and pathos, Cabbages and Kings (1904) is less a novel than a series of cleverly interwoven short-stories. In Coralio – a sultry coastal town in the volatile banana republic of Anchuria – a disparate cast of vagabonds, hucksters, mercenaries, merchants and consuls is busy plotting, scamming, drinking, loving or trying to forget the past. Each has his own tale to tell and his own particular reason for washing up on these tropical shores – and all have a part to play as this masterpiece of twisting narrative begins to unfold….

          One of my all time favorites..

      • PurpleRain PurpleRain

        by just quoting that small portion it almost seems prophetic.

    • Nigwil

      Of course it 'has something to do with Fukushima'!

      The entire North Pacific is hit by oceanic and atmospheric distribution of the continuing stream of radiation from the ruined plant. ENENEWS has been reporting impacts on wild life and the ocean since the disaster began. Its hit everything from Artic Seals to the Sooty Shearwaters which migrate to New Zealand.

      Reports a few months ago of starfish turning to goo, reports of top predators being seen where they are never seen before (looking for food, no doubt) abound. Sudden increases in infant mortality on the USA west coast. Suddenly sick sailors and reports of innocent children with cysts on their thyroid glands. The dots are all there.

      But the powers that be are afraid to publicly join those dots. Come the revolution…

  • bo bo

    Ok, so they lost huge numbers of oysters and scallops in the past 2 years.

    If they think ocean acidification is the reason, they can prove this if ocean's acidity levels changed dramatically from 3 years ago, to 2 years ago.

    • bo bo

      Just show us those numbers.

      • combomelt combomelt

        bo, weeman et al. shouldn't we search for what IT ISN'T!!!!!!……

        we all know what it IS

        • Jebus Jebus

          Isn't that what all the "experts" have done already.

          They have not disproved the mass die offs of many species in the last three years.

          They have publicly disproved many viruses, diseases, toxins, ect.

          They have not disproved the radionuclide contamination all the way to the west coast.

          They have not disproved the existance of radionuclude contamination in many species.

          They have not disproved RAIDS…

      • tsfw tsfw

        Bo they'll blame it on us somehow. Just like cancer rates will rise 70% because of the things WE do with zero mention of radiation.

        • KidIcarus KidIcarus


          That WHO story is what kicked my anger into high gear.

          Not only are they not responsible for a 70% increase in cancer, they're going to tell us it's OUR fault for getting it.

          When will people wake up? This is Stockholm Syndrome.

      • Emmanuel Truthseeker Emmanuel Truthseeker

        And, while you're at it, showing me the numbers; show me the MONEY, as well. Where is all of that going? Who is making tons of dough off this FUK up?

    • humptydumpty humptydumpty

      The current rapid rate of ocean acidification has been known for at least several years, so marine biologists must already have done experiments to determine whether there's a mortality threshold. If they are baffled by all these marine life die-offs, it probably means that acidification is not the cause.

      Scratching my head… it's happening in Washington State as well? Deformed babies… oops, I mean scallops… what could that possibly indicate?

      • Emmanuel Truthseeker Emmanuel Truthseeker

        Deformed babies in Iraq have been proven to be the result of depleted uranium. In Washington State, birth abnormalities has nothing to do with radiation. It is probably because the mothers shop at WalMart and drank chocolate milk when they were children. OR, it could be the deformations are because of mothers not following the directions on bottles of baby formula. After all, Americans are so very different from Iraqis; whose DNA is particularly sensitive to DU. Americans and Canadians too, for that matter, know very well that a little radiation is good for them. Radiation is nothing to worry about and because their governments tell them all is well, the DNA of North America's morons is protected; don't you worry Virginia. Dangerous radiation is just a myth and the nuclear disaster in Japan is nothing to worry about. Go back to sleep. 'We've got it covered.'

        • RonM RonM

          I heard somewhere that if you smile then radiation will not have any effect on you!

          I also read on Wikipedia that Plutonium toxicity is overrated and is only as toxic as nerve gas!!!!

      • Socrates

        Good point… Why all the die offs since 3-11 is the acidification levels have stayed the same? They are stumped because they ruled out radiation for political reasons, not scientific reasons.

  • Ontological Ontological

    Shell fish took a lot of punishment, now it is too much of too many things, too fast. species after species can't take any more of the drastic changes in their environment. Million year ice age perhaps could clean up most of the acid mess, the great white healing Kachina. Shells in the waves, all they are is shells in the waves…

    • Capt. Nemo Capt. Nemo

      The way of this planet is violent. We are part of the violence.
      We are not somehow distinct from the planet though that has been very suggestively part of Western Civilization. Man the outsider. Child of God. Man versus nature. The conquest of nature. Man with his touch of super-nature? In any case it is in our nature to be violent. Obvious. The earth has had some very catastrophic times. Can nature change nature's nature or is the very idea just another aspect of nature? We keep hoping to de-nature the things we do not like about the earth. And in the process have created the potential to destroy a great deal.

      • chevvvy chev

        you seem very wise captain, I wish I had thought this myself

      • muffin

        Earth is the insane asylum of the universe!

      • obewanspeaks obewanspeaks

        Capt., you mention some very important aspects concerning nature. Nature is a very clean process.

        When you go to the hill top and gaze over thousands of miles of "uninhabited by man land" what you will see is the beauty and the cleanliness and tidiness of Mother Nature. This visual sight is often breathtaking as one gazes over such great Mother Nature spans.

        Now go and look from the mountain top directly at any place where man has placed his feet and currently lives. What you will see is nothing that resembles nature and what you will see will be a complete mess..very unnatural! 🙁

        Mankind based on the many thoughts and beliefs you have mentioned here, now has nothing to do with Mother Nature and he currently represents the exact opposite of what Mother Nature represents, and this is by his own taught created Zeitgeist Matrix design..word craft is a very power force and a very ancient craft not to be taken lightly.

        Why I sometimes think our human species are what I like to call "planet hoppers" where we behave like a common virus and the killing of the planets we invade must be our species main priority and all we really know based on many thousands of years of taught word craft. 🙁

      • zogerke zogerke

        capt nemo, but nture finds a balance and reaches equilibrium supporting diversity in the process. we are a mutation that has taken it to a new level, we centralize, we consolidate, we simplify. we are nature's nature but again i find humans are yeast like, destroying the environment blithely within their container, making alcohol, until they smother in it. but we humans have grown so technologically we have no container. no containment. and smother way more than oursleves in the process.
        ontological, million year ice age and great healing kachina, yes.

        meanwhile, administer, educate, rabble rouse, peace-ify, love.

      • Emmanuel Truthseeker Emmanuel Truthseeker

        Actually Captain Nemo, it is not in 'our nature' to be violent. It is in our nature to grow to be Divine Beings; full of love and grace. Did Jesus of Nazareth not show you the way? When a human being bends to nature he is not practicing his free will to be more than he can be. The body might experience violence; however the mind and the soul can rise so much farther above that 'evil' nature which is so violent.

        By practicing love and benevolence towards all living things, we can rise above and beyond violence.

        However, that ultimate realization, when the entire planet thinks that way and behaves towards each other as if they are brothers and sisters of the same Father and Mother; IE: the Universal Father and Gaia, the planet of our birth, has not come to fruition on Earth; things are not yet here as they are in Heaven. So, yes, at times violence is the only answer and I know those times are now; when the perpetrators of Lucifer's Agenda must be brought out of their dark abodes and pushed into the light of day to face the righteous indignation they so justly deserve.

        • atomicistheword

          Nero's descendants agenda is to place a false NAMED Christ in the house of GOD, change the daily offering to a cup of indignation and stop the protection of divine connection. Their son of perdition called Jesus (earth swine in Latin, olde English and Greek) cannot take the sins of mankind away because he never walked talked, or breathed. The character "J" was the last letter placed in the current pagan Roman alphabet about 500ish years ago, it never existed in any language prior to that. Christendom was the first corporate acquisition of the family of Nero. From this came the tentacles of your current masters "The Corporations"

          One could ask the vicar of God, why he is leaving an elderly nun to be tortured in jail whilst pretending to love God. Actually it's no surprise, a previous vicar of God held christmas and birthday parties for Adolph Hitler, (Nero descendant) whilst six million people were burnt in fire. It's much more than six million this time, isn't it?

          • weegokiburi weegokiburi

            Some of the above sounds like sophistry and way off topic

          • Yes atomicistheword, let us count the references:

            Tacitus, Josephus, Pliny the Younger, the Babylonian Talmud,Lucian of Samosata (2nd century satirist), Dead Sea Scrolls, Gaius Suetonius Tranquillus (ca 69 C.E.-ca 140 C.E.), Origen, Eusebius of Caesarea, Suetonius,Thallus (c. A.D. 52),The Jewish Talmud,R. Shimeon ben' Azzai.

            The belief that Jesus (al-Masīḥ "the Messiah")is a prophet is required in Islam, as it is for all prophets named in the Qur’an.

            You won't find many "historical" references to Milarepa (Tibetan saint), or Patanjali or "Buddha Boy" [Dharma Sangha][currently living] or Penor Rinpoche either, mainly because their doings are not the stuff of the everyday world and tend to fly under the radar.

            Real, "grown-up" historians tend to stay away from such things. Their particular form of 'scientific method" admits of a strange thing called the objective world and applies to only the waking-state [visva-jiva] part of it (as with Einstein, Hawking et al).

            Yogis, such as Jesus, study all the states: waking[visva-jiva], dreaming[taijasa-jiva], deep-sleep[prajnajiva], the Self or "I"-nature[ardha-matra or turiya] and the pure bliss state [turiyatita].

            "The Gospels and Jesus by Graham Stanton, 1989 ISBN 0192132415 Oxford University Press, page 145 states : "Today nearly all historians, whether Christians or not, accept that Jesus existed"."

            "Richard A. Burridge states: "There are those who argue that Jesus is a figment of the…

  • people should know that all of the state. county and local muni pension funds are invested in companies that have a LOT to lose when the truth is finally viral so by sticking to "we dont know" lets them hold onto their jobs and milk this for all its worth to the bitter cancerous end.
    the scallops and oysters were inevitable after the stars and the geoducks that china already has refused to buy from the doomed pacific. the jobs lost in fisheries and boating will be replaced by opportunities in the health ,, err hospice/funeral industry driving from home to home with the loudspeakers blaring,, "BRING OUT YOUR DEAD"

    • Emmanuel Truthseeker Emmanuel Truthseeker

      The global disaster which are the nuclear power and weapons industries have created the 21st Century version of the BLACK DEATH, which killed upwards of 2/3 of the European population in the mid 15th century. It was a great culling. The nuclear horror is the new culling and it is highly likely, two thirds of NORAM's population might succumb to this. The horrible part is, our numbers are so much greater today. During the early Renaissance, the population of Europe was not what the population of NORAM is today. Two thirds of 500 million? …. I shudder to think of it. Hieronymus Bosch in the 15th Century showed us what might be coming; albeit the fashions have changed, we are repeating history and a scourge is upon us.

      An earlier scourge was Attila the Hun. Then came another scourge out of the East; The Great Genghis Khan, followed some centuries later by the Black Death, and now FUKUSHIMA!!! All of them came from the EAST, which is where China lies; waiting, patiently waiting, to mop up what will be left after the evil winds have gone.

  • Jebus Jebus

    A repost from someone here on 11/17/2013…

    Method of decomposing calcium carbonate
    US 3940324 A

    The method consists of decomposing calcium carbonate into carbon dioxide gas and calcium oxide under the effects of an ionizing radiation dose at a minimum power of absorbed radiation equal to 0.5 Mrad/s.
    The advantageous feature of the method resides in that it takes much less time to occur, viz., a few minutes and even seconds rather than several scores of hours, and requires no vacuum to occur.

  • dharmasyd dharmasyd

    Question of who or what cause is almost moot. We humans have created so many ELEs that, unless we are willing to admit, as a first step toward rectifying our mistakes, the question of who / what / how is irrelevant. It is important only if we wish to try to correct our errors. Do we? Can we convince enough of our fellow species quickly enough to make a difference?

    • Emmanuel Truthseeker Emmanuel Truthseeker

      'We humans'? I had nothing to do with it.

      • I think I'll frame that comment.

        One might say: anyone that does have something to do with it can't be human.

        This is probably where the definition of "evil" enters in.

  • You can pay to have the ocean tested for radioactivity.

    I just found this article about a citizen-funded scientific project to test the ocean for radioactivity, so you must pay for the test.

    I find it rather bizarre because there is no way to know for certain about their accuracy. (Medical labs, for example, have a high degree of inaccuracy.)

    This should be an international priority, except that governments prefer not to know.

    Anyway, here it is

    Woods Hole website


    • Emmanuel Truthseeker Emmanuel Truthseeker

      Oh, they know, alright. They are not talking.

    • Arizonan Arizonan

      Except that focusing on radiation in kelp is so misleading. It HAD radiation from the initial atmospheric fallout, because it absorbs I-131. Woods Hole wants to look at ONLY kelp for some reason – probably because it won't produce any data related to Sr90 or Pu239 or uranium.

  • Jebus Jebus

    Calcium oxide…

    Health issues
    Because of vigorous reaction of quicklime with water, quicklime causes severe irritation when inhaled or placed in contact with moist skin or eyes. Inhalation may cause coughing, sneezing, labored breathing. It may then evolve into burns with perforation of the nasal septum, abdominal pain, nausea and vomiting. Although quicklime is not considered a fire hazard, its reaction with water can release enough heat to ignite combustible materials.[14]

    • Seraphine Seraphine

      I read that as "quicktime causes severe irritation" and thought "Yeah, I hate .mov files."

    • unincredulous unincredulous

      Yakuza…quicklime…unemployed workers…unemployed starfish…unemployed scallops. Getting very sleepy.

  • sure as heck wont wait on GE or Westinghouse Hitachi Toshiba to fund the testing,, lets see if we can get the victims/err PUBLIC to pay a few more years worth of testing the wrong isotopes, the masses yearning to get on obummercare that btw doesnt pay funeral costs.
    tragic doesnt describe the collusion between govts and corps, its fascist and its always been the rule and not the exception in these colonies called usa.

  • Jebus Jebus

    Biokinetics of radiocesium in shrimp (Palaemon adspersus): seawater and food exposures

    Most of the radioactivity was accumulated in muscular tissues (the edible part) of the shrimp compared to the remaining soft parts

  • Michele

    Scientists have reported in Arctic News that it is the melting of the ice sheets that is causing the acidification of the Atlantic Ocean. There is a massive amount of methane that is being released as the earth warms. Also, methane is being released from vents off the Atlantic Coast. Arctic News has said that within one more generation, 30-40 years, will see the extinction of all life because of the massive amounts of methane. Certainly, the amount of nuclear waste dumped into the Arctic Seas and along the Atlantic coast is destroying the marine life; but the story will continue…"we have no idea why the oysters, lobsters, scallops are dying".

    • Dr. Anne Lee Tomlinson Maziar VanneV

      Acidification is also caused by radioactive contamination from Fukushima and all the nuclear waste that has been dumped into the ocean the last 70 years by multiple nations.

    • We Not They Finally

      Michele, methane is also giving off from dying plankton. Plankton is the source of between 50-70% of the Earth's OXYGEN! So now we are getting methane to breathe instead of oxygen.

      Also (obviously!) the plankton has been the biggest absorber of carbon dioxide worldwide. But the nuclear industry itself has caused WAY more CO2 now and WAY less oxygen.

      I don't even know that the greenhouse gas experiment was ever conclusive. It's so mixed in with propaganda to divert the environmentalists. Nuclear is WAY WORSE than anything.

      • chevvvy chev

        WNTF greetings,, do you know if anyone has tried to extrapolate or at least quantify long term effects of the plankton die off
        Seems we might be running out of air to breath long before the radiation gets most of us in other ways

      • Emmanuel Truthseeker Emmanuel Truthseeker

        Oh, so that is what I've been smelling; it's methane; which when it comes from our government, we call it BULL SHIT, and yeah, it sure does smell, doesn't it?

        Cancer is one of the biproducts of irradiation. The cancer industry has created a whole lot of jobs and literally TONS and TONS of money.

        The entire nuclear industrial complex, since its inception has made TONS and TONS of money.

        When you follow the money trail, it all leads to the same people.

        Do we know where they live?

    • muffin

      As the earth warms? Minus 22 outside, feels warmer tho, because of the humidity; or perhaps my stupidity!

      • Emmanuel Truthseeker Emmanuel Truthseeker

        Minus 36 Celsius here.

      • humptydumpty humptydumpty

        Most of the earth's warming over the past two decades has occurred in the oceans of the northern hemisphere, especially in the Arctic region, which is where the largest store of methane exists. What is most alarming is the increase in deep-water temps, which indicates the process is accelerating. Also, large areas in the Antarctic are showing significant reduction in ice thickness with melting occurring underneath.

        Most of us careless humans are stupid — we lack wisdom. We have turned the fragile ecosystem into an endless waste dump, and now Nature is proceeding to get rid of us, but unfortunately most other life forms will go with us. Absolute power corrupts absolutely, and the unlimited power of nuclear fission defines our ultimate corruption and demise.

  • tbg

    I love how all this stuff comes out of BC, but 100 miles away in Seattle…. Crickets.

    Nothing about china banning our shellfish, nothing about the eagles or the other die-offs of animals around here, no stories about south korea banning all japanese fish, and whatever happened to all those elk in south west WA that had their feet and hooves overgrown and eaten off?

    Maybe they're worried that the people here will find out we've all been breathing in hot particles of plutonium. Although its been awhile, maybe all the Pu is interned by now.

  • TheBigPicture TheBigPicture


    Sea creatures dying in Pacific is from nuclear radiation, (until proven otherwise) which has already failed.

  • rogerthat

    Is anyone here surprised that scallops and oysters are ''dying in dramatic numbers''?
    Does anyone here find it mysterious?
    Is there anyone here who is having difficulty connecting the dots?
    What do we know has been added to the environment in large quantities, and specifically to the pacific ocean and the current that flows from japan to the american west coast, since march 2011?
    What is it about this ingredient, known to be harmful to organic life in even the tiniest quantities, that makes it universally invisible to scientists, governments, regulators?
    It's like Voldemort, they dare not speak its name.
    This has been going on for three years.
    Pretty please, won't someone entertain the notion that the blindingly obvious might be the truth? Do we really have to wait until the consequences for the human race and for life on earth are too obvious to be ignored any longer? Why not address the problem now, so people can take informed decisions about how best to cope with reality?

    • Seraphine Seraphine

      Those who withhold information are not only committing a horrendous crime, but are also underestimating much of the world's population's ability to cope with this info.
      I believe that many of these willing 'gatekeepers' themselves are too scared to acknowledge fully & consciously the magnitude of the problem & the grim future lying ahead. The rest are sociopaths, used to seeing humans as no more than numbers on a page, acceptable collateral damage. Fukushima may have been easy to deflect American attention from, as it is an ocean away…but unfortunately for those claiming cluelessness, circumstances at WIPP may just form a crucible that tars the nuke industry more in the public eye than ever before.
      One can hope.

      • humptydumpty humptydumpty

        The recent Fox News commentaries on Fuku dangers hint that even the ignorant dupes are starting to wake up. I think soon there will be a cascade of public outrage.

  • GQR2

    The food chain is collapsing before their eyes. The cause is plain as a day by a simple process of deduction. We will all be on a barter system in the near future. The sea is dying from the bottom up. No oysters at the fancy bars. No clams, no scallops. People are going to wake up when they see a lack of food on the shelves and what is there is unaffordable.

    This is where its heading. Denial is just stupid at this point. Arguing is stupid at this point. No fish to eat. No clean water to swim,boat,wash,drink. The people responsible for this KNOW who they are.

  • shamwow shamwow

    Food shortages and starvation are the next stops. Sardines, starfish, salmon, scallops and oysters dead or dying off.

    There are several posts on radiation killing the plankton. Maybe the Pacific is now getting oxygen deprived?

    • Emmanuel Truthseeker Emmanuel Truthseeker

      To this community of intelligent, informed people; those of us on this thread, it is not rocket science to understand that radiation from Fukushima is doing considerable damage. WE can visualize a tiny, subatomic particle being absorbed by a single celled creature; to whom that particle is a food thing of the magnitude of a hamburger to us. A two or four celled creature thinks that little one celled creature, who has been filling up with plutonium burgers, is a food thing it has enjoyed absorbing since 'birth'. The tiny four celled unit, which is full of little one celled and two celled little things, who have been gorging on nuclear salad and cesium pie, becomes a food thing for an eight celled little creature and so forth up the food chain. By the time the assorted up ladder creatures and fish become food for tuna, is it any wonder the tuna are radioactive? A whale, scoops up TONS of those little creatures; totally bloated with their atomic fruit salads, hence ingesting a great quantity of nuclear waste and are also dying off. Does it take a nuclear rocket scientist to figure this out? It seems to be the case, because so many just don't get it, except we, who got it a long time ago.

      I am sending you all, my dear friends on this ENE News thread, all the best and good wishes for this Saturday, March first. Stay warm or cool, whatever is necessary to bring you happiness and comfort.

    • Nigwil

      A few of months ago I opened a couple of cans of Brunswick sardines. Instead of the usual four nice fat fish there were five and six small odd-looking ones. Repulsive. Tossed them, tossed the other cans of fish in the cupboard, and wont be buying more for a long long time. So much for fish as a safe source of protein.

  • unincredulous unincredulous

    People here on Enenews said the shells of the starfish could have succumbed to their illness because of the starfish's exoskeleton. A certain radioisotope was mentioned that would weaken it. I think the exoskeleton was calcium. What's an oyster shell made of? Calcium me thinks. So maybe there is a link there…

    tired. sleeping pill..can't stay

  • unincredulous unincredulous

    They probably had a lot of muriatic acid in Japan, when the tsunami hit. It's good for scrubbing things like facts

    • GQR2

      Have a very good rest Unicredulous dancing starfish,happy scallops,children playing on the beach. sweet dreams.

    • bo bo

      +1 And unicorns pooping rainbows and mrashmallows 🙂

    • Emmanuel Truthseeker Emmanuel Truthseeker

      Facts are no longer an issue in this case.

      Just as the Supreme Court of Canada ruled twice; 'truth is not an issue in this case.'

  • bozzy54

    If interested WIKI, acidification of oceans.

    Great research and knowledge

    After your done,

    Add all the metals since 3/11/11 fukushima.

    I believe we killed ourselfs

  • Sickputer

    Scallops and oysters are filter eaters and clean the waters for life to continue in the ocean. Other filter feeders include clams, sponges, forage fish, manta rays, krill, several species of whales, flamingos, and some duck species.

    Something toxic is killing filter feeders. There is only one main suspect since 2011. To ignore the radioactive elephant in the room is simply a government decision to avoid panic and people relocating.

    For example, how many shellfish divers will stay in coastal areas if they know their livelihood is gone forever? They love their home, but love their families more. North America is a far more mobile society than Japan.

    Some early wisebirds are packing up the trucks and jeeps and headed east across the Rockies. I have seen numerous license plates from the Northwest states at in my west Texas city especially when i cruise through the Sams parking lot.

    Yes, we do have an oil fracking boom here and unemployment rates are way under the national rates. Yes, we are getting some downwind flow from WIPP. But even if they can never reuse it again they can probably cap that nuclear albatross.

    Fukushima Daiichi on the other hand will NEVER be capped. I was glad to hear Arnie in the New Zealand interview use the word "war" as in the amount of effort needed to cap it.

    But Arnie suggests 500 billion US dollars could cap it. Arnie, love ya guy, but I think you're off by the Tepco factor of ten. 🙂

    • or-well

      The "Tepco Factor of Ten"
      means death for little children.
      Tepco execs dont care
      if they get their share.
      Will there be Justice and when?

  • ecoguy57

    The acid in the Pacific Ocean is a byproduct of radiation! People that have been eating fish and seafood from the Pacific Ocean should think about doing a radiation and heavy metal detox with the mineral Zeolite that safely removes both radiation and radiation from the human body! For more information on the proper type of zeolite that is needed to remove radiation and how it dose it, just search online for the one word Zeolite.

  • Max Sievert Max Sievert

    The Oceans are dying rapidly of the west coast.

  • Nick

    "Researchers at Canada's Dalhousie University say the global population of phytoplankton has fallen about 40 percent since 1950.
    They believe that rising sea temperatures are driving the decline. As surface water warms, it tends to form a distinct layer that does not mix well with cooler, nutrient-rich water below, depriving phytoplankton of some of the materials they need to turn CO2 and sunlight into energy."

    If atom bomb blasts and other toxins that humans poured into the waters/air have reduced phytoplankton levels, it makes sense that the waters would warm as less heat gets trapped by the living organisms.

    It also makes sense that MORE CO2 is being dissolved into the water and increasing acidification because there are fewer organisms converting the CO2 into living matter.

  • Nick

    The warming waters release more methane clathrates from the continental shelves (and peat bogs lose permafrost…outgassing).

    The CH4 is toxic at high enough levels and can kill outright.

    Add Fukushima Fallout and you have a very interesting scenario.

    The weave of life's tapestry has been torn asunder.

    Saying the die off is due to climate change negates any recognition of other factors.

    You have to look at the picture from many angles….

  • the lying scumbags will shout to the heavens CLIMATE CHANGE and use it to destroy us further…

    It's about the food chain, bottom up. And that's what we are seeing.

    We live ten miles from the Pacific ocean and our air and water is RADIOACTIVE. And we use an Inspector Alert pancake to prove every day. What used to be a normal 12 is now between 50 and 70 CPM, air or rainwater.

    And the numbers are climbing…

    This is not going away…

    Fukushima Research blog on articles and videos since 3-11-11

  • Danger Danger

    It may be helpful to google "bivalve indicator species" showing that shellfish are used to track heavy metal poisons (radioisotopes) and other toxic loads in water. Calcium of the shell is also a quick read of radiological exposure. The Fuku footprint is stomping them into oblivion.

    Catch and eat more fish to remain healthy says Portland native and national fisheries figure!

    not once is fuku mentioned..

  • ftlt

    The oceans are sick regardless of FUFU – which cannot help.

    The whole planet is ill from the virus man.

    I see no good for all life on the planet going forward.

    We do have Sarah and Rush and corprate media to standing guard though. They'll protect us.

  • Fred

    They are all so drunk on the global warming religion, and its agenda, they refuse to look for the cause of the massive deaths. It's just like the HIV=AIDS religion. 30+ years and not a single AIDS patient can dump an HIV isolation in their laps. So, what causes AIDS goes undiscovered as we can't afford to look for other causes and say "we were wrong", Koch's Postulate be damned…..

    There's no science left! We just have degreed idiots…..

  • dkw