Professors: Seafood off N. American coast predicted to exceed gov’t radioactivity limit — “High priority looming threat” to global ocean from Fukushima releases — Radiation levels ‘well above’ 1,000 Bq/kg according to model

Published: April 6th, 2014 at 12:39 pm ET


‘Environmental Radiation: What Do We Know and What Should We Know for Assessing Risks’
Event: SETAC North America 32nd Annual Meeting, October 4, 2011
Title: Modeling Bioaccumulation Potential of Cs137 in Marine Food Web of NW Pacific, Canada
Authors: Prof. Frank Gobas, Simon Fraser Univ.; Prof. Juan Alava, SFU

  • Abstract: The Fukushima nuclear emergency […] emerged as a high priority looming threat due to the risk of radioactive contamination in the global ocean and biodiversity. […] we assessed the bioaccumulation potential of 137Cs by testing steady state and time-dependent bioaccumulation models in an offshore food web that included fish-eating, resident killer whales (Orcinus orca) as one of the major top predators of the marine ecosystems in British Columbia, Canada.
  • Steady State Bioaccumulation Model: “Concentrations of 137Cs predicted in the male killer whale were approximately three orders of magnitude higher relative to its major prey, Chinook salmon, and > 13,000 times higher compared to phytoplankton.”
  • Time-Dependent Bioaccumulation Model: “After 30 days of radioactive spillage, the 137Cs concentrations accumulate gradually over time in high trophic level organisms (salmon and killer whales), which exhibited low concentrations likely driven by slow intake rates, while it bioaccumulates at faster uptake rates in low trophic level, gill ventilating organisms (phytoplankton, zooplankton, benthic invertebrates and planktivorous fish), exhibiting concentration about one to two orders of magnitude greater than that in killer whales. At 9125 days (25 years), the predicted concentrations of 137Cs accumulate in a higher degree in killer whales, being >2 orders of magnitude greater than that predicted in Chinook salmon and 10,000 times higher relative to phytoplankton. The levels of 137Cs predicted in biota (shellfish and fish) exceeded well above the 137Cs action level for commercial food/beverage of 1000 Bq/kg established by the Canadian Guidelines for Consumption following a Nuclear Emergency (emphasis added).”

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Published: April 6th, 2014 at 12:39 pm ET


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115 comments to Professors: Seafood off N. American coast predicted to exceed gov’t radioactivity limit — “High priority looming threat” to global ocean from Fukushima releases — Radiation levels ‘well above’ 1,000 Bq/kg according to model

  • dosdos dosdos

    Which says, if you really like seafood, eat it now with trace levels. In the future, it won't be "negligible".

    • bo bo

      I guess if this ( see link ) is the plan, they expect it all to still be 'negligible' in 2020, even in Japan
      'Local products pushed to make 'ALL JAPAN' Olympics…

      It is worth looking at the map in this article to take in the full extent of this insanity – they plan to source rice and seafood from Tohoku ( northeast) area of Japan.

      • We Not They Finally

        I wonder how well the athletes can perforn on a starvation diet. It's the very least they would have to do to protect themselves.

        • dosdos dosdos

          I expect there to be a lot of food imported for the athletes, provided that Japan is able to keep the Olympic bid. There will be many insults taken from snubbing the local food…. as it should be. The Japanese people need to understand that the rest of the world doesn't appreciate being poisoned. However, I don't expect it to make the news.

      • name999 name999

        Bo, like so many things, all of this would have seemed such a good thing just a few years ago…

      • newsblackoutUSA newsblackoutUSA

        The paper presented on this link is from October 2011; does anyone know if there is an update to this, or just the old article?

    • natano natano

      Anyone who believes that the olympics will go on as planned is delusional. Speaking of delusions, have you checked out lately? Half of the US is lit up. Wipp in new mexico is belching out radiation like crazy. But don't worry, no IMMEDIATE health threats.

  • YukonRadiation YukonRadiation

    Yes eat it while you can! i have come to believe the only way people will not eat seafood is when it is all dead and gone like us! what a wake up call for so many people? i have two cancers that i have been able to fight off for now , and i so hope i am able to live long enough to see the mass panic! all of the people who said i was crazy for thinking anything was wrong and that our government would lie about such things! Dumb F%#*ks!

    • Helena Handbasket Helena Handbasket

      Yes! Fighting the good fight against cancer – with eyes wide open – here, too. Hang in there!

    • m a x l i

      Government never lies. 🙂
      Only reality can be very stubborn and tends to not wanting to comply with government declarations. 🙁

    • We Not They Finally

      Very sorry about your cancer. Try to eat only raw organic veggies (can be juiced) from a relatively safe area. Also VERY large amounts of vitamin C. Liposomal C is best. Easy to make, lots of youtubes out there how to do it — is 80-90% absorbed as opposed to just 20% for capsules.

      Try and stay well. Although honestly, NONE of us are looking forward to the "mass panic"!

      • demo demo

        You won't miss meat/dairy/seafood if you stick w/ veggies/fruits/whole grains for 21 days. That's all it takes for a new, healthy habit to take root. Green smoothies, salads, soups, stir fries, YUM! W/ turmeric, rosemary, cilantro, miso made in NC or homemade. No more biomagn food for me. I still eat mushrooms if they're grown in barns out of the rain. Deserts are the habit I haven't kicked yet, tho I know cancer feeds on sugar. If I get cancer, I'll consume no more sugar.

        • Yep, part green smoothies for me, everyday for a month now….lost 9 pounds in my spring training without making any other changes, how convenient.

          And ya! I am a bad boy….I throw bananas into those smoothies every day.

          Now ask the Hormesis Pimps…..exactly what regime have you undertaken to increase your radiation to improve your benefit?

      • HoTaters HoTaters

        Hi HelenaHandbasket, OT but pls. write to me off-list.

        Vitamin C = extremely effective at high doses for body detoxification. Lyme patients carry a heavy burden of neurotoxins in our bodies from Lyme die-off. Plus lots of mercury our bodies can't metabolize & eliminate. Vitamin C is given by IV for detox & lots of us use liposomal Vitamin C. I second WNTF's opinion.

        Be sure to detox your lymphatic system. "Burbur Tincture" is very effective. You can purchase red root tincture. It's made from the bark of a North American tree. Native Americans used it. Inexpensive and highly effective.

        Try Essiac Tea. Said to be very good for cancer patients & can help arrest the growth of cancer cells and tumors. Gerson diet =cancer patient diet; helpful, use Rife if cancer caught early & not too far into chemo therapy. Aluminum free baking soda, lemon juice in water from fresh lemon daily (high anti-tumor properties). Japanese knotweed, whole herb extract.

        & definitely the suggestions made here by others.

        Write to me off-list and I can elaborate, & I will send a complete list. Many of the things which work for Lyme work for cancer patients. We both have to think "chemo" & detox to deal with our disease. I'm almost completely recovered except a few residual issues.

        Will keep you in my thoughts & prayers. StillJill who was here used Baking Soda to help put her pancreatic cancer into remission. Swears by it.

  • TheBigPicture TheBigPicture

    Only the ill-informed will eat seafood.

    Nuclear ruined it for everyone.

  • Crickets Crickets

    I'll miss that occasional Salmon filet. Thanks, nukers, for thinking you had the right to do this.

    • HoTaters HoTaters

      Hi Crickets, you might be able to source landlocked, farmed salmon and steelhead, trout species. Or farmed tipalia and prawns. Just make sure they aren't being fed ocean water into their tanks.

      There are some anadromous fish species which will do well in freshwater conditions. The flavor isn't quite as piquant as what you get from salt water, but good nonetheless.

      Then you have to make sure the water quality where the fish is farmed is good, free of contamination to the highest degree possible.

      I'm thinking buying from the aquaponics operations, where there is greater control over inputs is probably a good idea. Fresh water, warm water species only, as far as I know. Mainly tilapia, but some people are beginning to experiment with growing crappie, sunfish, and other tasty varieties of freshwater fish. Some of them not quite "commericially viable" yet, but you might be able to purchase from a local producer who hasn't yet developed a large market for his/her products.

      Whole Foods is good about telling you the source of their fish. That's also an avenue you can explore.

      It's still possible to eat fish but they must be grown & harvested under very clean conditions. It takes some research to find sources of "clean" product.

      • HoTaters HoTaters

        BTW, many of the landlocked fish species come from Canada. I'd want to make sure they weren't getting pollution from nearby nuke plants.

        • HoTaters HoTaters

          I wonder if it's possible to source fish from the south Atlantic, Indian Ocean, or off Eastern Africa coast, or eastern S. American coast? Does anyone know of sources for this type of seafood?

          I'm in the western U.S., so it's going to be hard to find this ….


            reposted, HoTaters, from yesterday's O/T forum…

            [start repost…]

            'Pirate fishing' a growing problem, study finds

            "What the U.S. is currently doing is not enough to keep illegal product out of the market, because as this study shows, there is a huge amount of illegal product that has gotten through," said Oceana's ocean advocate Beckie Zisser."

            "This comes as a new study that will be published in the journal Marine Policy finds that between 20 percent and 32 percent of the fish imported into the U.S. was caught by so-called "pirate" fishermen in areas where the fish are supposed to be protected. Not only is this bad for marine life, but it also places "honest" fisherman at a disadvantage for playing by the rules, Zisser said."

            "Illegal fishing undercuts honest fishermen and seafood businesses that play by the rules, and the U.S. should not be incentivizing pirate fishers by creating a legal market for their products," Zisser said."
            […end extract]


            AS: to think, people are panicked about eating fish that originates from the Pacific West Coast region. Should be obvious from the above, there's no longer any control over what ending-up on our plates…

            […end repost]

        • raddog

          yeah, go ahead and eat fresh fish. Fresh fish accumulates Cs 100 times quicker than salt water fish.

  • Ontological Ontological

    Just pop it out of the freezer. Self cooking Franken fish sticks. 2020 will no doubt see all Japan food too hot to handle.

  • norbu norbu

    No seafood for us since 3-11-11, miss it, but we like living healthy better.

    • Ontological Ontological

      We quit all seafood products when the Gulf Spill came along.

      • tsfw tsfw

        I have friends who live in Alabama and flesh eating bacteria is on the rise, they have to check themselves for cuts before entering the water. Wouldn't it be nice to go back pre- industrial revolution and jump into a pristine ocean or lake that's so clean you could drink from it. Without a care in the world, without worrying about staying in too long and needing to shower immediately afterward with your baking soda infused shower gel. What an inheritance to pass to our children, my heart breaks for them. I hope it's not too late, but I know it very well might be. Ruining our air, water and food. A species can't be any stupider than this.

        • obewanspeaks obewanspeaks

          tsfw, that would be a correct assessment of our current condition and circumstance.. 🙂

        • name999 name999

          tsfw, I have been in those pristine environments. Paradise.
          I ache in my longing for that pre-industrial environment and world again. To trustingly jump into a wild river or stream. Especially the ocean as it's salty mineralized water has been a mecca for health throughout my life. I still cannot grasp the loss and I am avoiding proximity to the Great
          Pacific Ocean. Lament.

          In Medieval London England the River Thames was contaminated from the making of Indigo
          dye and the making of beer. The Brits had to clean it up in 1300 or something like that.
          Now the highest stakes ever for the caustic indifference of our time.

    • name999 name999

      norbu, but don't you just want to eat some fish sometimes? I feel like a fish addict and I have
      to drag myself away from buying/ preparing my favorite dishes. Oh for a good old halibut fish fry! Or fresh lobster…what a loss…

      • norbu norbu

        name999, Hi yes I would to eat some fish, We love to go fishing in high moutain lakes or deep sea fishing in the Sea of Cortez, It brakes my heart but I cannot ever again. Very Sad for the world….

  • Crickets Crickets

    Poor bears that depend on Salmon for a portion of their diet. Do people not understand the concept of the food chain? This will affect every living thing, from the plankton, all the way up to the whales and human beings. And fuku continues its contamination 24/7!

    • Ontological Ontological

      People only understand money. Preserving the earth for life seems to take a back burner to it in the simpleton minds of fools.

    • We Not They Finally

      Apparently about two billion people across the globe depend on oceans for food. Some areas obviously still more safe than others, except that the whole globe is a great big "what goes around, comes around."

    • It's not only the bears. It is also the forests. They depend on the yearly salmon migration as a vital source of nitrogen and other elements they need for living and growing. While the heavy amounts of rain wash away much of the dead/recycled biomass which would otherwise preserve the nutritions, the dead salmon in the water and the remainings of dead salmon left behind everywhere on land by bears (they mainly eat brain and eggs as those are the fattest parts) also get decomposed by bacteria and funguses and act as a natural fertilizer. It is my understanding that the northern/cold rain forests depend on that regular fertilization and thus will fade away over time without it.
      A similar, somewhat surprising, dependendy exists for the equatorial forests like in Brazil etc which get fresh minerals from the (huge !) amounts of Sahara sand permanently travelling across the Pacific ocean.
      Remember: no matter if we can see the (sometimes complex and non-obvious) interdependencies of certain species or not – basically everything is ultimately connected in this planet. And there is no such thing as garbage in nature. Every resource needs to be recycled. Only mankind still thinks it could get away with a different concept (basically not considering itself as part of the ecosystem but instead kind of above it)

      • P.S. I guess there is a common factor of politics and the food chain: standing on top for too long comprimises character and senses, resulting in hubris and misjudgements, which sooner or later leads to fatal decisions. Unfortunaty – also like in politics – the consequences of such fallacies are usually not limited to the decision makers – as we currently see… 🙁

  • Nick

    Folks, I wish I could convey to all my utter anguish over the Fukushima Fiasco.

    For starters, I was conceived in the middle of the blue Pacific on the North Shore of Oahu in 1957.

    My grandfather was raised in Japan and practiced medicine there until 1936 when he heard Japanese colleagues speaking in Japanese which they didn't know he knew about how they didn't need western docs anymore. He relocate to Honolulu where he practice obstetrics until 1963.

    You don't mess with the Pacific and escape my biological wrath.

    Secondly, I am a fan of wild salmon.

  • In a response to Rod Adams comment on Atomic Insights………….


    Well then why was Kewaunee shut down for economic reasons when all it had to do was compete with nat gas and solar at 14 cents per kWH?

    And Kewaunee was purchased as a used plant for around $180M

    So how can a new plant costing $17B possibly compete?

    I do recognize the recent attempt to let nuke charge more than other power sources because it is "baseload power.

    I will be happy to review any backup or back of the envelope methods to show that nuclear can compete. When a new plant costs 100 times more than an old bargain plant, and the bargain plant cannot compete at 14 cents per kWH, it just doesnt seem that any more analysis is justified.

    And this is not taking into account decomissioning, cost of accidents (say $600B on Fukushima), and the long term storage of spent fuels.

  • Rep Shimkus rips into DOE for knowingly and willingly taking a full stand to NOT comply with the law in regards to nuclease waste happening.

    If you want to see a weak weasal in action, check out this video. These are the a$$h)les we are bed "led by"

  • We Not They Finally

    Hey, wait a minute. The allowable limit in JAPAN is just 100 Bq/kg. In the U.S., it's a whopping 1,200 Bq/kg, and for no reason except to keep lying to the public about dangers. Apparently in Canada it's 1,000.

    But glad that SOMEONE is finally taking bio-accumulation into account. One more drip-drip-drip into an off-to-the-side news cycle.

  • Jebus Jebus

    Here are two recent studies added to the science direct express shopping site…

    Evaluation of γ-radiation-induced DNA damage in two species of bivalves and their relative sensitivity using comet assay

    The present study reveals that gamma radiation induces single strand breaks in DNA as measured by alkaline comet assay in bivalves and comet assay serves as a sensitive and rapid method to detect genotoxicity of gamma radiation. This study further indicates that both M. casta and P. malabarica exhibit almost identical sensitivity to gamma radiation as measured by DNA damage.

    Gamma radiation induces growth retardation, impaired egg production, and oxidative stress in the marine copepod Paracyclopina nana
    These findings indicate that gamma radiation can induce oxidative stress and DNA damage with growth retardation and impaired reproduction.

  • Jebus Jebus

    Meeting the Needs of the People: Fish Consumption Rates in the Pacific Northwest

    One of the variables used to calculate ambient water quality criteria is fish consumption rate, an estimated average of the amount of fish eaten in a given area. Under the NTR, the EPA assumed a fish consumption rate of 6.5 g/day—or one 7-ounce meal per month—but in 2000 the agency recommended that states use a default value of 17.5 g/day, a rate that protects up to the 90th percentile of people in the United States. However, individual states where more fish is eaten should have water quality standards that reflect that, according to EPA guidelines.18

    In the Pacific Northwest, fish consumption can be especially high among tribes as well as recreational anglers, certain minority and immigrant groups, and low-income populations who may ignore fish advisory warnings because they need to put food on the table.1,17 But despite having populations that eat a lot of fish, the state of Washington still uses the old default value of 6.5 g/day.

  • I've seen several news clips about Red Lobster restaurant chain doing poor business. The one nearest me is always empty looking.

    Never is there a mention of Fukushima's Fallout and it's ripple effect throughout the food chain and the economy.

    I wonder why that is? 😉

    IMO – Enough people have stopped eating seafood over the last three years that it having a direct affect. It's possibly the beginning of a ripple.


      upper tier management, ChasAha, saw the writing on the wall and instituted divestiture plans. Fukushima's likely the final nail in the coffin. Unbeknownst to the great unwashed, these are people who have ongoing studies which look into issues like overfishing and pollution. The BP/GOM catastrophe was a major blow to an already economically suppressed commercial fishing industry. Of course, they'd never let on to such. As to the business fronts, themselves, I doubt the general public's aware of the scale of damage that's been done in the Pacific. As such, it's likely these businesses are suffering from a combination of corporate bosses quietly pulling money out of their franchised holdings and general economic downturn. As a possible point of interest to you, I posted a story/link about Red Lobster some time ago. At the time, no one caught the significance of what you're pointing out. Hat's off to you for being awake…

    • bo bo

      This is an update article on 'rumours' Red Lobster may be closing – Darden ( the restaurant group that owns Red Lobster, Olive Garden, Capital Grille, Longhorn Steakhouse ) does not plan on closing them, but plans rather to sell it off, because of declining sales.

      This article concludes: 'nobody wants to eat at Olive Garden or Red Lobster anymore, they'd rather get something faster and cheaper'

      Interesting, because I just checked – Olive Garden sales were still up last year.

  • Jebus Jebus

    Here is a must read.

    Polonium-210 and where it comes from in the isotopic family tree.

    An eye opener…

    Occurrence of 210Po and Biological Effects of Low-Level Exposure: The Need for Research

    As an alpha-particle–emitting decay product of radium-226 (226Ra), 210Po is classified as a Group 1 human carcinogen [International Agency for Research on Cancer (IARC) 2001]. Numerous epidemiological studies, which were reviewed by Canu et al. (2011), have investigated associations between exposure to members of the uranium-238 (238U) decay series in drinking water and cancers such as leukemia (e.g., Hoffmann et al. 1993; Lyman et al. 1985; Raaschou-Nielsen et al. 2008). Because 210Po is the last radioactive member of the 238U decay series, a common feature of all these studies is the presence of 210Po in the environment, even if it was not measured. Because 210Po is a human carcinogen and because information on environmental exposure to it is poorly known, we reviewed the literature on 210Po.


    "Because 210Po is the last radioactive member of the 238U decay series, a common feature of all these studies is the presence of 210Po in the environment, even if it was not measured."

  • dosdos dosdos

    This is a story about the radiation in the US in March 2011, in response to a pro-nuker who chastised Helen Caldicott as a fiction writer. The cesium and iodine were hit and miss, but the xenon got everyone in the US and Canada who breathed. I remember that spring, I had back to back infections in January and February, both with low grade fevers. It left my lungs sensitive. And when the xenon hit central Texas, it felt like a third infection. My lungs hurt, but no congestion, and another low grade fever. It became my third consecutive infection. It wasn't until a couple of months later that I discovered what it was.

  • wc

    There is only ONE ocean.

  • Mack Mack

    Curious if the Chinatown skin infection occurring after people handle raw fish and deemed as "rare" is related to handling fish with radiation?

    Either way it's odd that the fish is bad enough to cause a horrible skin infection, but still okay to eat according to officials.

  • humptydumpty humptydumpty

    Let's see if I get this: radioactive contamination in organisms will get much worse over time. I thought so, and I did not need quantification to abstain from eating seafood.

  • Sol Man

    Everybody is a Native American now!

    Well no, not politicians, banksters and billionaires (the people that buy the political parties,) but, yes, everybody else.

  • irhologram

    I'm confused. Posts above refer to not being able to fish mountain streams or eat (Maine) lobster or (Atlantic) halibut, as of now. I get that. The implication is that even farm raised, "organic" fish are contaminated. I get this.

    What I don't get: If the polluted water is not connected to the Pacific in any way, the water contamination would have to be through mixing of atmospheric particles in the weather cycle, then, all crops on land are polluted, as well, and bioaccumulate in land animals…not just whales and fish. That would make all meat untouchable.

    1). Wouldn't Atlantic fish be less exposed than Pacific fish, for example? 2). Is it airborne particulate that is polluting the inland lake fish you're currently shunning? 3). Why would whales consuming plankton be any more radioactive than cows consuming grass or pigs consuming corn or chickens consuming…(Well, you get the point.)?

    Why is inland fish any more dangerous than ANY meat? Is the axiom, they're aquatic, therefore they're bad? Is the point here, really, that we can't eat ANYTHING that bio accumulates? I don't get the emphasis on fish in a global template unless the same danger applies to anything that consumes anything else.


  • Nick

    Unless you see test results, much of our food is contaminated.

    We do tend to focus on fish, but I suspect a nationwide milk survey is in order.

    When milk becomes radioactive it is a good indicator of the rest of the food supply.

    So how about it? Any 15- year old high school student want to test milk across the grand ol' USA?

    The extent of Fukushima Fallout is unprecedented in the history of the Universe, we know of no other planet where sentient beings have let the atomic genie out of the bottle.

    It is paramount that anyone with a shred of a brain-pan get up to speed on bioaccumulation of decaying atoms.

    60 minutes had a Fuku episode last night. They did show Unit #3 going kaboom but still called it a "mere" hydrogen explosion.

    Know anyone lately who can't seem to shake "the cough?" Doesn't really matter what we eat if our very breaths are sucking in nano-bits of awol nuclear reactor cores and spent fuel pools. Naturally,
    "the cough" will be attributed to some unknown virus/bacteria/fungi/yeast/amoeba, etc.

    • You forget to mention the "tough" fact that – as it that weren't "enough" – due to the "rough" way mankind used to handle nuclear issues you cannot only get the "cough" from the "buff stuff" that was vaporised at Fuku 3's explosion, but also as a result of "the puff" events occuring at Carlsbad*.

      *Uncomfirmed rumors say they are taking away the title "Old Faithful" away from that Yellowstone geyser and give it to WIPP.

    • I agree with you except for the part "in the history of the *Universe*". It is certainly true for Earth, but my estimate is that – given the probably huge number of so-called "intelligent" forms of life distributed in terms of time and space among the Universe – statistics imply there have probably been dumbasses before us. And also – as we have proven to play only in the pathetic-to-mediocre league – ones who fucked up even bigger (the naked ape did only ruin our planet but left his solar system, galaxy and space-time as such intact – what a relief !)
      Of course neither does this make things better nor is it in any way a legitimate excuse.

    • obewanspeaks obewanspeaks

      Correct! 🙂 "Unless you see test results, much of our food is contaminated."

  • cosmic charlie cosmic charlie

    We had strange mutations in our vegetable garden last year. It gets most of it's water from roof runoff. I am afraid everything will be contaminated to some degree by Fukushima. I know the cesium 137 becomes "ubiquitous" in the environment. Indeed, wild boars in Austria and Germany are too contaminated to eat from Chernobyl fallout.

    I was out in WA state early summer of 2011 helping a friend paint his house. It was lovely being there but I had no idea I was breathing in hot particles most likely. About a year later I started having motor neuropathy symptoms and was diagnosed with a lower motor neuropathy disorder.

    I will never know what the precise cause of this is but I wonder about the news of the children in California who have similar symptoms that are "baffling" the medical experts. Luckily my treatments seem to be working though they cost over a 500K a year (paid by insurance).

  • atomicistheword

    Australia has signed a major trade deal with Japan allowing much more access with cattle, fresh produce etc. Part of the deal relates to energy security, whatever the hell that means?

    Don't try putting your crap bomb reactors in Australia, the people will not tolerate them, dirty, polluting, climate changing inferior extermination machines.

    China is not amused when you call a secondary trade partner your number one fan. Busted!!!

    Wouldn't be seen dead in a Japanese atomic radiation car. Those poor maruta at Nissan engine division near Fukushima.

  • TheBigPicture TheBigPicture


    Fukushima and Chernobyl nuclear disasters have contaminated soils around the planet, permanently.

  • Sol Man

    And, how about all of the other coasts?

  • Florence of Arabia

    Any bioaccumulation model isn't worth the water it is written on: 50 or ? spread-out whales, swimming across narrow 'ocean streams', 'pools', 'eddies' or currents of concentrated contamination, over arbitrarily selected time periods, will come away with incalculable varying levels of bioaccumulation.

    A 'steady state…time-dependent bioaccumulation model…after x-many days of radioactive spillage…the 137Cs concentrations accumulate gradually over time…blah-blah…' – is a word salad more toxic than any designer lettuce presentation made from CA San Joaquin valley broad leaf, vegetable and nut ingredients…


      excellent points, Florence of Arabia. I can only surmise, they're mainly concerned (at this stage) with reassuring consumers of fish products that…the water is safe…

    • Angela_R

      salad vegetables, etc. are being irradiated in some countries. Cobalt 60 is generally used in irradiation plants. Cobalt 60 is a radioactive isotope. We are told that there is no contact, yet the gamma rays change the composition of the molecules in the food. I can see that one could state the invisible does not TOUCH but the invisible rays get through. I hope they have determined that the food is not radioactive.

      • HoTaters HoTaters

        Good point, AngelaR.

      • It is not, materials do not become radioactive by alpha, beta, or gamma hitting them. Sure cellular damage can occur, but its already dead, it won't reproduce.

        All materials can become radioactive when bombarded with a nuetron blast, like the controlled criticality in a reactor, like the uncontrolled prompt moderated criticality at Fukushima 3 (aka nuclear explosion) which blasted near by structures with nuetrons making some of the steel towers super high radiation sources, in which the steel became "activated" absorbed neutrons. Or like in a full on nuclear bomb, or the sub speciality neutron bomb.

        Note that FOIA docs prove that 5 people were kill after taking lethal doses in Japan on the day of Fuku 3 explosion. USA and japan quickly colluded to cover that up. And then after learning the power of video works against them, they colluded to not release Fuku 4 explosion. Those 5 were killed by the neutron release during the criticality.

        • Well, I should say, it is not radioactive because of the external Co60 bombardment. Convenient how the CO60 kills bacteria, but radiation is fine for every other lifeform in the lies of the nukers.

        • Angela_R

          Stock, I really don't know. Cars, etc. can become radioactive. If dead is dead, really dead, i.e. like the trees of Chernobyl, then how does the food provide any nourishment, how could it decay without bacteria? As I said, I don't know.

  • Bay Area Guy 2

    What I find terribly ironic is the realization that eating farm raised fish and seafood might now be safer than wild…..what a worl we're in.

    • HoTaters HoTaters

      And even then, Bay Area Guy 2, you need to know where the farmed fish comes from, and how it was raised. Many are raised in pens just near shore in the ocean. Most are given additives in their feed to make the flesh a pleasing color, and growth hormones.

      There's just no easy answer.

  • timemachine2020 timemachine2020

    Gee, wonder what drove this deep sea loving creature to go to the beach?

    • timemachine2020 timemachine2020

      If that video doesn't pull at your heart strings, nothing will. Did you see the look that sea creature gave the videographer half way thru the video? WOW! How fucking real is that? Do you know the depth these fish live at? We are fucked……….. Peace. Gotta leave for a bit before I completely lose it……. See yall soon………

  • timemachine2020 timemachine2020

    I have found the PERFECT FUKUSHIMA song – LISTEN TO THE WORDS………….

  • PhilipUpNorth PhilipUpNorth

    1,000 Bq/kg is scary high rads.
    The US FDA will probably be forced to take action if Canada does.
    There will be a lot of agitation among all the greeneis who live along the west coast.

    "The levels of 137Cs predicted in biota (shellfish and fish) exceeded well above the 137Cs action level for commercial food/beverage of 1000 Bq/kg established by the Canadian Guidelines for Consumption following a Nuclear Emergency."

    The second most scary finding of this study is that top predators at the top of the food chain, like orchas (and humans), bioaccumulate 10,000 times the radiation levels measured in animals in the lowest levels of the food chain. Yikes!

    (The most likely action the US FDA would take is to raise the allowable amount of radiation in human foods once more.)

    Thanks for nothing, FDA! 😉

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