Pacific cod fish shipments in Aomori suspended, 200 miles from Fukushima — “High levels of radioactive caesium found”

Published: August 27th, 2012 at 11:16 am ET


ABC Australia’s Mark Willacy, August 27, 2012 at 10:26a ET:

Shipments of Pacific cod caught off Aomori, 320km north of Fukushima, suspended after high levels of radioactive caesium found in fish there

Published: August 27th, 2012 at 11:16 am ET


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20 comments to Pacific cod fish shipments in Aomori suspended, 200 miles from Fukushima — “High levels of radioactive caesium found”

  • TheBigPicture TheBigPicture

    Radiation spreading and getting worse, all because of a horrid nuclear reactor. Unplug all of them, worldwide, before the next nuclear mess-up.

  • Ganxet Ganxet

    Som Cod Fish info.

    It is mainly caught in the Sea of Okhotsk in Winter.
    The average total Cod catch is 437,000 tonnes, 55.000 of which is “True Cod”. Imports average annualy 152,000 tonnes mainly from the US and Russia.

    Cod, or “Tara/鱈” in Japanese reads a the “Snow Fish”. Unlike in many countries in Europe and North America, the fish is eaten fresh, raw or cooked in Japan, but practically never salted.

    Alaska Fisheries Science Center says.

    Pacific cod (Gadus macrocephalus), also known as grey cod, are moderately fast growing and relatively short-lived fish, with a maximum age of approximately 18 years.Females reach 50% maturity at 4.4 years in the Gulf of Alaska and 4.9 years in the eastern Bering Sea (Stark, 2007). Total body length at 50% maturity was significantly smaller (503 mm) in the Gulf of Alaska than in the eastern Bering Sea (580 mm). Similarly, Pacific cod females grow significantly faster in the Bering Sea than in the Gulf of Alaska. Males reach a smaller maximum length in the Gulf of Alaska than females; in contrast, Bering Sea males reach a similar maximum length as females. Pacific cod are highly fecund and can produce up to 5.7 million ova each year.

    Cod are demersal and concentrate on the shelf edge and upper slope (100-250 m) in the winter and move to shallower waters (<100 m) in the summer. Cod prey on clams, worms, crabs, shrimp, and juvenile fish. In turn, they are eaten by halibut and marine mammals. Pacific cod are taken with…

  • mungo mungo

    this post needs more information, i would like to know what the sources are? not that i doubt that the fish ARE contaminated 🙁

    • razzz razzz

      From Ganxet post above August 27, 2012 at 11:42 am…

      "…Cod are demersal and concentrate on the shelf edge and upper slope (100-250 m) in the winter and move to shallower waters (<100 m) in the summer. Cod prey on clams, worms, crabs, shrimp, and juvenile fish. In turn, they are eaten by halibut and marine mammals. Pacific cod are taken with…"

      The 'demersal zone' is the sea floor so cod is a bottom fish, a bottom feeder as exampled by their prey listed which is almost the beginning of the food chain that is first to intake radioactive fallout settling on the ocean floor as bio-accumulation of radionuclides in the sea presents itself in the classic big fish eats little fish until humans are found at the top of the food chain.

      This is not even considering what is taken in through fish gills from just swimming in nuclear waste contaminated waters.

  • Myme

    MSN Japan news says "132.7 becquerel/kg radioactive cesium detected from the cod caught on August 9, 2012 in the water off Hachinohe city in Aomori Prefecture." (Hachinohe is 346km from Fukushima Daiichi)

    The article also says, back in June 2012, the fishermen association issued a voluntary restriction (of cod sales) after detecting 116 becquerel/kg, because it exceeded the new government standard 100 becquerel/kg.

  • Sickputer

    And will you really believe your favorite sea food restaurant when they advertise Atlantic fish? Labels of origin are no guarantee. Fish from Japan will be very cheap to importers and maximize corporate profits.

    So you say maybe we should only eat farm-raised freshwater fish? Freshwater fish have a harder time eliminating radioactive matter than saltwater species

    Words of wisdom from dispossessed Fukushima farmer Sato Sachiko:

    " If only 1% of the population develops illness or cancer from exposure to internal radiation through the food, that’s a 100% impact on that person. You wouldn’t accept that risk for your own child, so why accept it for others?”

    SP: Sidenote…They never test for strontium and we know it is the taboo word that will strike fear into the hearts of Japanese and other nations. Bone cancer with relentless never-ending pain until death. We know there is strontium-90 being released:

    • Siouxx Siouxx

      Just saying but anyone who knows about aquaculture or any other sort of intensive farming practice would never eat non-organic farmed fish. This is the rarely addressed problem with nuclear disasters and food contamination. We have already poisoned most of our food supply with hormones, pesticides, genetic modification and antibiotics. The tragedy of Fukushima behind the tragedy, is the pioneering work of organic farmers of the area, who were trying to provide future generations with good food and good farming practice. Japan like France is/was top heavy on chemicals and nuclear, it was on a suicide trip even before this happened. Every day I look at Enenews and see another disaster due to greed and a complete lack of morality. All this has happened purely through the greed and arrogance of leaders and the apathy and ignorance of their followers and the more we inform ourselves, as to the true extent of what can yet happen due to the former, the more we will be prepared to face up to it. Fukushima, Bayou Corne, Hanford, Lower Saxony et al are but the start. In the words of Eric Idle's song "You'd better hope there's intelligent life up there in space because there's b*** all down here on Earth."

  • Urban27

    This was expected.

    Because the sea is contaminated – But you see this sea is very large and very deep. And the cod fishes live and eat what they find there.

    Water used to cool the melted cores goes into the sea – They say they decontaminate – but it is only half of the caesium, if they managed that. The rest of caesium and a thousand other isotopes goes into the sea.

    If the coast is poisoned 200 miles away this is really very bad already. They will go on washing the cores with water and it will go into the sea at least as long there is no underwater wall around.

    But even when there is a wall – what to do with all this cooling water. Thousands of tonnes – like other highly contaminated materials there is no treatment – just end storage. That's the only solution known. But it is not even a solution – It need 100,000 years at least..

  • PhilipUpNorth philipupnorth

    And even when the nuke fuel was inside the Fuku Reactors1,2,&3, it was just barely controlled. Now that 300 tons of nuclear fuel is below the plants in Coriums1,2,&3, it is entirely uncontrolled, and is definitely NOT IN COLD SHUTDOWN. The coriums are cooled only by groundwater moving beneath Fuku that passes the coriums on its way into the sea. TEPCO says this must continue for 30 years, until the coriums are cooled, and the melted fuel can be "removed". Are you kidding me? I think so. Meanwhile, all of the Pacific Ocean is being slowly sterilized. TEPCO, where are Coriums1,2,&3, and what are you going do do about U1,2,&3?

  • chrisk9

    Will all the governments of the world just stand by and watch as the entire world becomes contaminated? The Japanese are a threat to world health. They can not manage this situation, and they prove that every day. Although the situation is not immediately fixable it is immediately improvable. Allowing the Japanese to continue control is a case of mass murder.

    • GlowInTheDark GlowInTheDark

      If they stop dumping the radioactive water into the sea daily, that would help…for a start.

      • bluerthanblu bluerthanblu

        Check out the sea temperature anomaly on Wundermap(R) Interactive. On the Hurricane Tab, scroll down to check the 'sea temp. anomaly' box. Does the anomalous increase in heat, showing in the Northern Pacific to Bering Sea, match currents of radioactive surface water? Five years of radioactive water poured into the Pacific equals what, an extinction level event for all life forms, due to food scarcity, early death, and increasing genetic radiation sensitivity in future generations?

        I weep for the marine life and for the stupidity of man, whose promiscuous financial schemes and dangerous technological discoveries, no longer protects physical life. Life hangs in the tightening noose of the highest corporate bidders who, secure in their carefully wrought delusions of personal power and global control, threaten all parameters of sustainable humanity on the planet.

        • Siouxx Siouxx

          Oh how true but in the words of the Bard,
          "Wise men n'er sit and wail their woes,
          But presently prevent the ways to wail."
          Greedy, immoral corporations only exist if we buy into them. It is incumbent on us to account for every dollar, euro, yen in our pocket and make sure we are not part of the problem but working towards its solution.

  • MaidenHeaven MaidenHeaven

    TOKYO, Aug. 27, Kyodonews ..Aomori ordered to suspend cod shipment after excessive cesium found

    The government ordered Aomori Prefecture on Monday to suspend shipment of Pacific cod hauled off Hachinohe in the northeastern prefecture as excessive levels of radioactive cesium were detected in them, implementing such a ban for the prefecture for the first time after last year's Fukushima nuclear disaster.

    Radioactive cesium exceeding the government's allowable safety level of 100 becquerels per kilogram was detected twice in the cod hauled off Hachinohe, the government said.

    Link via RadChick Radiation Research & Mitigation

  • Sickputer

    From the cod fish suspension notice:

    "The government limited the shipment suspension to cod hauled off Hachinohe as Pacific cod habitat is not large compared with other migratory fish and those containing the maximum allowable level of cesium were caught in areas close to each other, according to the government."

    SP: Certainly makes sense to me (not). Those other 200 species of fish wouldn't dare to eat the same contaminated prey! Professional fish courtesy to the codfish. Bad, Bad codfish….good, good rockfish, et al.

    • BringoutYourDead

      Might as well eat them now, while we still have teath to do so. I don't see any point in waiting, what for? I do find it odd how many years we've spent trying to kill off our future. I'm not quite sure what to make of this effort.