Professor: Just 1% of usual number of baby California pelicans; “Nearly complete failure to breed”; Only 20 newborns in area where 10,000 expected — Expert: ‘Flabbergasted’ by what’s happening in Malibu, “I’ve never seen anything like that” (AUDIO)

Published: May 28th, 2014 at 5:00 am ET


KPCC, May 27, 2014: Tens of thousands of California brown pelicans have shown up at the Salon Sea months earlier than usual […] to roost in spots inland from their normal nesting areas. […] Dan Cooper, a biologist who monitors birds at Malibu Lagoon, said he first noticed the birds’ strange schedule in mid-April. “I was just sort of flabbergasted at seeing 3,500 brown pelicans resting in Malibu Lagoon,” Cooper said. “I checked my notes, and I have numbers in the hundreds, but I’ve never seen anything like that.” Failed nesting season […] the majority of brown pelicans have given up the attempt for the year. […] Scientists say a lack of fish food sources, such as sardines and anchovies, has caused the widespread nesting failure.


  • Dan Cooper, biologist hired to monitor birds in Malibu lagoon: “There were hundreds of adult brown pelicans roosting there.”
  • KPCC: That was strange because at this time of year most adults should be nesting and raising young on offshore islands, not loafing around on our beaches. […]
  • Cooper: “It’s been shown that when adult brown pelicans start showing up in spring in Southern California they’re birds whose nests have failed.”

At 2:30 in

  • KPCC: [Daniel] Anderson is a professor emeritus at UC Davis. He’s been traveling down to Baja for the last 46 years and he just got back from his annual trip last week.
  • Daniel Anderson, U. of California, Davis professor emeritus: “I was assessing the status of breeding populations in the major part of the breeding range.”
  • KPCC: Major is right, 80-90% of all California brown pelicans breed in Mexico. […]
  • Anderson: “It’s been almost a nearly complete failure to breed, which is quite unusual”
  • KPCC: Anderson estimates that Baja pelicans have reared about 1% of the young they normally would.
  • Anderson: “At one island that we study, Isla Salvatierra, which would normally have 8,000-10,000 young, only had like 20 young.”

At 3:45 in

  • KPCC: Having given up on nesting this year [the pelicans are at the Salton Sea east of Palm Springs, 100 miles inland –] months earlier than normal. [Kathy] Molina says you can hear the difference.
  • Kathy Molina, biologist: “This should be just a cacophony of Caspian terns, and gull-billed terns and skimmers. They should all be coming in with food, feeding their chicks, vocalizing to their mates or their chicks. This is really quiet.”

Full broadcast available here

Published: May 28th, 2014 at 5:00 am ET


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  • shadwell

    "loafing about" eh, that'll get extincted

  • melting mermaid melting mermaid

    That just too depressing for words. Poor animals, just going about their business extincted by a few ravenously greedy hairless apes.

  • VyseLegendaire VyseLegendaire

    Well ****.

  • WindorSolarPlease

    Radiating this world, what do they expect?

    This doesn't magically go poof.

    Looks like this world is a small world after all.

  • jec jec

    Has any of these scientists collected the egg shells and remains of chick ( if there are any) to test for pollution?? –and radiation? Remember the collective SCREAM when the shells of birds in the 60s and 70s showed traces of what they said was DDT? Remember the nuclear test ban?
    Can't they test and find a similar cause–or will they find radiation and call that DDT, pesticides, or flamable pajama materials? The last two were what the State of California blamed on the 40% increase in childhood thyroid cancer in 2012…

    If the lack of sardines or food sources is the issue, then the birds would also show starvation issues. Are they? Or neurological issues similar to what a few soldiers on the USS Ronald Reagan face? Just Saying..Stronium and a mix of radiation stew could certain cause these problems and deaths…

    • Kashiko Kashiko

      Yeh…no proper info as usual.

    • Sadbuttrue Sadbuttrue

      They won't test for radiation, it appears they're quite certain this is caused by El Nino, even though they admit it isn't expected until later this year.

      • Heart of the Rose Heart of the Rose

        What and El Nino ..didn't exist American given name.
        Do you think that through the ages these birds don't understand the weather, the conditions of the sea?
        How exactly is El Nino supposed to decimate a population?

        • GQR2

          What is even more transparent in this non study is that out on the Islands is one of the biggest if not the biggest Eagle and Wild Life Restoration going on the Island of Santa Cruz and others. The scientists found out when i was 10 over 45 yrs ago DDT made by ____ softened the shells of eggs. It was banned.

          That direction clearly pissed off the chemical companies eager to ply their wares over every square inch of this beautiful planet waged a PR war second to none and here we are today getting pure drivel out of every University and EVERY single expert. No body dares state the Emperor has no cloths and the studies were done over 50 yrs ago.

          Perhaps in the near future someone with the capacity to garner attention will scream "fire" and tell the truth and the 100th monkey will hear it and we will have a change in the consciousness around this ongoing disaster besides for denial and lies.

          • clamshellernh clamshellernh

            DDT was out lawed here but many of the chemicals are used in other countries that we ship from , so the companies still win

            • TooExpensiveToMatter

              yes, and in the US, Big AG simply replaced it with other pesticides like neonics which may actually be as bad as (or perhaps even worse) than DDT, eg, for bees (and humans, since we are highly dependent on bees for pollination of our fruits and vegetables

              The most disconcerting thing is that so many scientists have been co-opted and corrupted.

              And agencies like EPA (which banned DDT in the US) either look the other way or actively support the polluters (eg, in cases like the BP oil spill, specifically with regard to COREXIT use)

      • TooExpensiveToMatter

        The problem may be that they are not testing for the right kind of elements and/or looking for the right effects. (Some of the effects may actually be unknown to current science.)

        Plutonium, for example, is highly toxic merely as a metal (apart from it's radioactive properties).

        Trace quantities of some metals (eg, magnesium*) are absolutely indispensable to some cellular processes and the presence of certain other metals can interfere with or even destroy those processes.

        And there is still a huge amount that scientists do not understand about such processes.

        The hubris of the "nothing to worry about" crowd is often not based in science, but blind faith.

        That's why I have to laugh uncontrollably whenever someone who calls himself a scientist drags out the tried and true "dilution is the solution" meme. It's tantamount to admitting one's ignorance.

        *Magnesium is an essential element in biological systems. Magnesium occurs typically as the Mg2+ ion. It is an essential mineral nutrient (i.e., element) for life[1][2][3] and is present in every cell type in every organism. For example, ATP (adenosine triphosphate), the main source of energy in cells, must be bound to a magnesium ion in order to be biologically active. What is called ATP is often actually Mg-ATP.[4] As such, magnesium plays a role in the stability of all polyphosphate compounds in the cells, including those associated with the synthesis of DNA and RNA. — from wikipedia

        • Wyakin Wyakin

          “The problem may be that they are not testing for the right kind of elements and/or looking for the right effects. (Some of the effects may actually be unknown to current science.)”

          Exactly. We have the equivalent of corporate baboons with feigned amnesia trying to document the effects of low level radiation. The fascinating history we touch upon echoes back to the crude use of the erythema dose concept, the results of consuming liquid sunshine, and the revelations provided by Mueller in 1927 fruit fly studies which demonstrated a no threshold dose exists and the effects persist over multiple generations.

          The nuclearist deception is based in a science which has nothing to do with actual biology: physics. A foundation of conceptual sand has been built from a completely flawed and unscientifically executed Hiroshima Life Span Study on the effects of low level radiation.

          Before the inception of the current ICRP and BEIR pronuclear health physics models, much research has been pursued definitively showing that the current models purporting to explain low level exposure are pathetically divergent from reality. Gofman, Tamplin, Sternglass, E.B. Lewis, Pauling, Gould, Berlakova, Bertrell, Busby, and many others provide empirical evidence correlating internal LL radiation to a plethora of diseases. This concept is not new.

          • Wyakin Wyakin

            The indifference of the nucearists in their economically motivated model is evident to the underlying proven and recognized biological empirical observations:

            the actual molecular effects of low level radiation observable on DNA are harmful; cellular bystander effects; the notion of bimodal dose effect, the incorporation of fission radioisotopes (including 3H) into the macromolecules-proteins, enzymes, DNA, RNA, etc., and the transmutation of the tertiary structure of the macromolecule when the radioisotope decays; the cell lifespan sensitivity cycle; etc.

            Tie this knowledge back to the Pacific Ocean which is now being eternally contaminated by Tepco.Japan.

            Mass species reproduction failure over such an insignificant geological timeframe is significant.

            Those in the microbiology and oceanography scientific communities should feel an obligation and responsibility to educate themselves and become activists. Time is short, perhaps nonexistent.

    • oh yea, they could do all kinds of tests, but there is no interest, no time, no money, and lots of disincentives to find the REAL reason for this total and complete collapse of the numerous species that have all happened, since 3/11.

  • nedlifromvermont

    The Nuclearists (so Busby) are committed to their criminal profession … just as were loyal Nazis to Adolf Hitler … the Japanese to their Emperor …

    They will never admit that their faith in this technology was misplaced …

    They will defend this abhorrent and totally unnecessary way to boil water to the last Californian Brown Pelican and to the last sardine …

    These 'people' are sick and they do not understand what they have done and are doing …

    They will down their cyanide capsule when the Red Army is at the door of their bunker, and cynically shuffle off this mortal coil …

    We have been led down this path by 'scientists' who can do math but who do not care about history; from places like MIT (Rasmussen,) Harvard (Conant,) Wall Street (Lewis Strauss,) and General Electric (entire Board of Directors from 40's and 50's;) …

    The lie runs deep; this crime against all life can never be forgiven, not for a million years.

    Round up the pro-nuclear and criminal IAEA and their acolytes and throw them in FD-3 to scrub down the radioactive metal until their hair falls out and their gums bleed. Tell them it's just so many bananas. It is a criminal contempt for life at the highest levels of the United States of America. Nuclear engineers making the Waffen SS look good.

    Way to go, Greatest Generation!

    • TooExpensiveToMatter

      Admitting nuclear power is a mistake would be to admit that their life's work was a waste of time. Worse: a lie and a crime. It would be to deny their very identity.

      It won't happen, no matter what facts they are presented with.

      It's not just nuclear engineers who suffer from the denial disease.

      Many science blogs (some of the run by non-nuclear science Profs at universities like MIT) on the web were quoting and linking to the rubbish Josef "Nothing to worry about" Oehmen piece right after the Fukushima disaster started.

      Anyone who dismisses an issue out of hand before there is even any information (as was done by people hawking the Oehmen crap) is not a REAL scientist and should certainly not be teaching science at a college or university (and should probably have their science PhD revoked as well).

      • MoonlightEmpire MoonlightEmpire

        Very well said Nedi and Too ExpensiveTM.

        This is one of the most frustrating things…the fact that…for them to admit to their wrongs–let alone stop doing those wrongs–they would have to admit to their very identity/existence being worse than a sham…being a tragedy.

        It is a sickness…a sickness of the mind…and a weakness of the heart that keeps them from changing their ways.

        It is a said world where–instead spending time with their children–men run lawnmowers across the ground instead of allowing that land to feed and house people and wildlife. Such people couldn't identify 3 species of plant that they are indiscriminately shredding.

        In fact, they understand very little…and they have no care or compassion for anything they don't understand.

        A man who would burn fossil fuels (and pay for that fuel…and the machine…and spend his time) to mow a lawn…would do the same to people…especially if they were "ordered" to.

        In fact, they beg to be "ordered" to kill. So much so that they will give the authority to a wife who knows less than he does.

        But I digress…

        These people deserve nothing they have…and they owe everything back to everyone else.

        If they won't listen to reason…what else can be done?

        Abolish nuclear.

        And remove the ability of the "lawnmower man" to continue his genocide.

    • Jinglepots jinglepots

      That really sums up the truth about the mentality behind those supporting this evil technology. Oops I said the word evil. In for a penny, in for a pound…So, who is the source of evil? A certain fallen angel and his thugs. So, who will fix this? The only One who has the power. Psalm 83:18. Revelation 11:18. Yes, this comment is pointing toward a solution from someone other than man. It is the only possibility to consider that can save this planet and all of it's beautiful life forms…and it has to happen soon.

    • GQR2

      Well said NedlifromVermont !

      • GQR2

        How does the world admit it mistake? Utterly lethal Nuclear Radiation and ongoing uncontrollable at least at this time in galactic history by humans on this planet Reactions,melt downs,leakage into air sea and water all the things we need to survive are irreconcilably poisoned. Its slow right now,but will reach a critical mass sooner than thought.

        If only charging the criminals would help. (it should happen,maybe someday it will) when people are holding their deformed children at the door step of G.E. and Monsatan. There is no vengeance deep enough for this travesty. Maybe justice will have its day somewhere in a future time,how do you punish someone for destroying the human race slowly with a maiming death poison that they don't admit is dangerous? One by one. Imagine if the law were so strong that to associate with Nuclear was to be a say a…terrorist. or in the 50's a communist? If children are taught the awful truth,this is the only hope for the next generations. They have to know the source of the problem.

        TPTB don't want that.

  • zogerke zogerke

    The birds do sing in Philadelphia, though I see less of them, this beautiful spring turning into summer.

    Like the hundredth monkey – when will the overlapping communities we all live in (so different from one another, many of them) wake up and get it? Get it – where we are – how it is going – and why? Wake up and with its massiveness, begin to move in another direction? As opposed to just moving to the grave?

    The life energy of ancient green and living biota became the oil & gas we force upwards from earth, and burn.
    The energy of stars captured in our planet, the uranium and other radioelements we process, becomes what we boil water with.

    Remnants of the ancient past, used without reverence, used incorrectly, used ignorantly, destroys our future. Until another past accumulates over aeons, our carbon (and plastic) remains piled into soil, turning into rock…. and somewhere some species hopefully has a chance to try again, in a future I cannot imagine ?

    Endings are difficult times….

    • melting mermaid melting mermaid

      That beautiful Zog. How do we know the dinosaurs weren't the last race of mutated overgrown humans who thought it was a good idea to split atoms to boil water. The future fuel made from the compost of our civilization will probably pack a wallup.

  • earthsmith earthsmith

    "This is really quiet." Yeah soon the silence will be deafening.

    So depressing…those poor creatures are the ones flabbergasted

  • WindorSolarPlease

    Malibu homes are extremely expensive. It's an expensive area to live there.

    They are not going to be happy when the repercussions of this Nuclear Disaster is in their own back yard.

    Wonder how far up they can get their voices heard, once they see that this catastrophe effects them also.

    • zogerke zogerke

      in nyc, 1990s, the power utility con ed kept not maintaining pipes and then when the steam pipes blew they spit out asbestos all over the neighborhoods and cars…business as usual.. it happened finally in grammercy park, the explosion wiped out a woman napping on her couch a coupla floors up, and killed some workmen. gramercy park is a swanky part of town, big and old money. Guess what, they had to clean it up. they had to rework the safety manuals of the industry. they still deal in oil and electric and energy consumption and warming but they cleaned up thier asbestos and pcb handling processes. and they divested of the lilco power plant in long island ny….

      now with all the death and destruction coming to the well manicured lawns by you…i wonder when the wealthy will start protesting? i know their stock portfolios are too entwined with nuke and weapons production to encourage this, but…but when will the sensitive souls among them find ways to effectively break into radio silence on this issue?

      I wonder wonder, hmmm, who wrote the book on love? lalala

      bless enenews admin for aggregating….

      • earthsmith earthsmith

        When the SHTF cowards only know how to point fingers. Our world is run by cowards….politics,economists,media heads….weak,weak,weak. By the time they find courage the finger will be squarely on them. Time to deflect. The circus of circles will continue

    • WindorSolarPlease

      Hi zogerke

      Looks like those who have it are heard a little better than those who have not.

      I don't care who they listen to, just as long as they listen.

  • Sad, beyond sad… and this is just the beginning to the destructive spread from the nonstop triple meltdowns of Fukushima.

    All DNA Destroying Death Machines must be turned off now!

    IMO – If you're not for that, then you are a murderer. There is no longer any middle ground.


  • Heart of the Rose Heart of the Rose

    “This should be just a cacophony of Caspian terns, and gull-billed terns and skimmers."

    How many other species are being affected?

    Off of Baja…
    Jesse Ventura is a 'heads up', again'.
    It's the wrong place ..wrong time.

  • w

    "Are brown pelicans forecasting an El Niño?"
    Jed Kim | May 27th, 2014, 5:30am

    Jed Kim is the reporter of this article for the KPCC-NPR. Nowhere in the article made any connection with Fuku's radiation, only to the possibility of an on coming El Nino from " a similar incident in the '82 El Nino". NPR have not had many reports on the Fuku in the last 3 years that I can recall. I've been suspecting that they 2 have been controlled by the same main-stream-media devil.

    • TooExpensiveToMatter

      NPR is just junk, in general, so it's no surprise that they would actually be suggesting that "Pelican's are forecasting" el Nino."

      Quick, tell all those scientists who study ocean temperatures, pressures and the rest to gage el nino that they can throw out all their instruments and go watch pelicans. LOL

      Anyone who believes NPR is anything other than a purveyor of junk and propaganda should read the (now defunct) blog "NPR Check" which digs up all of NPR's bull and shoves it back in their faces.

      • NPR – nothing for public reception

        • TooExpensiveToMatter

          I prefer "National Propaganda Radio" because that's what they spew day-in and day-out. It's little better than Fox, IMHO and may actually be worse, since NPR pretends to be "noncommercial", reporting on the wonders of fracking while taking "underwriting" sponsorship from ANGA (and even posting ANGA "underwriting' adverts opposite their "unbiased" series on fracking, I kid you not)

          From day 1, NPR was desperately trying to downplay the risk from Fukushima with pure, unadulterated propaganda, couched, of course, in the language of their so-called "nuclear experts"

          See comments on Fukushia at

  • Nick


    Um. Anyone take a peek at that wrecked nuclear electrical generating station that went kablooey, spewing 100s of tons of radioactive toxins into the biosphere?

    I suggest we all take a deep breath and choke down our tears as our worst fears become reality.

    The most agonizing bit about the Fukushima Fiasco is the idea that
    natural ecosystems will be able to handle the vast amounts of decaying atoms and all will be fine.

    Smiling does not reduce the damage done by ionizing radiation.

    No chelation regimen is worth it since one has to do it forever, till the end of time, since the deadly toxic atoms have permeated our oceans and atmosphere, with lesser effects on terrestrial environments.

    No justification beyond small power packs (like space probes) is warranted at this juncture in history.

    The woes we face are due to war and human hubris.

    Waging peace is the hardest lesson humans never learned (enough of us at any rate).

    1% is not enough to support the bird population.


    • MoonlightEmpire MoonlightEmpire

      Very well written, Nick, thank you.

      And yes, 1% is not enough to support the bird population…

      Especially when these A-holes (USDA) are poisoning them (and other precious wildlife) by the millions…and it's all legal…and all paid for by the public.

      These people are our neighbors…our friends…our parents…and ourselves. Stop them all.

    • Socrates


      I have to agree with your thoughts. I lived in Malibu for ten years. I have lived 60 years on the beaches of Southern California. I photograph birds from Baja to Point Reyes. This year, few birds nested early in my back yard. Species were diminished in number with Blue Jays predominating. Few dolphins this Spring at Torrey Pines State Reserve. I'm sure we will see more starving sea lion pups again this summer.

      The radiation effects are exponentially multiplied in the presence of heavy metals which catalyze the ionizing effects of radionuclides. This effect is used in medical radiological cancer treatment. Other chemicals act synergistically with radiation.

      This is a marine Silent Spring. Pelicans were coming back until Fukushima. TEPCO took risks and, because of the direction that the earth turns, it (radionuclides) is all ending up on the West Coast inland until east of the Rocky Mountains. That is the end of the chloride zone for marine vectors through the atmosphere. Buckyballs are nano in scale. The Malibu real estate will be a cancer zone as levels rise. The American economy will collapse as a result. That's why Ukraine as a breadbasket looks so good to the globalist elites. This subject is being discussed by the Bilderbergers, no doubt….selfish a–holes that they are. Uncontaminated food, air and water is key to survival long-term.

  • Sickputer

    SP: What? No West Nile virus to blame? 🙂

    "KPCC: Anderson estimates that Baja pelicans have reared about 1% of the young they normally would.
    Anderson: “At one island that we study, Isla Salvatierra, which would normally have 8,000-10,000 young, only had like 20 young.”

    SP: So at that island at .0025% the 1% figure would be a 400% increase! I expect headlines over this island's success! >;->

    Left unsaid…is the water safe for humans to even enter or breathe the ocean seashore air?

    It's obvious the seafood is suspect for the human dinner table!

    • Sickputer


      SP: So at that island at .0025% the 1% figure would be a 400% increase! I expect headlines over this success at the other breeding areas! >;->

      • It is very surprising that the headline was not about the amazing breeding success that the pelicans are having despite their difficulties with passports, breeding permission certificates, and other officially secret circumstances.. an astounding 20 young were raised in a population that normally has 100000 to 20000. We need to celebrate this success!


  • dosdos dosdos

    The Yomiuri is gloating over the fact that two members of the NRA have their term coming to an end and will be replaced by nuclear industry flunkies.

  • w

    "In 1982, Ralph Schreiber, a curator at the Natural History Museum of Los Angeles County, went to study birds on Christmas Island in the Pacific Ocean, expecting to see millions of breeding pairs. Instead, practically all of them were gone. SCHREIBER REALIZED THAT WARMER WATERS HAD DISRUPTED FISH POPULATIONS AROUND THE GLOBE."

    Did Schreiber have data on the "disrupted fish population around the Glob" or he just realized?

    Let's dig a little deeper…n share

    We, ENE follower, already having trouble convincing mostly everyone…can't afford much of just read-partial n rant n post… I'm guilty of it myself…

    • Sickputer

      I agree water temperatures are warming as a result of human machines. But in this pollution stream of radiation pouring out of Japan I think the North American lower prey sealife die-off is radiation related. YMMV

      BTW… The great scientist you mentioned at age 45 of liver cancer in California:

      "Dr. Ralph W. Schreiber, an ornithologist and curator of birds and mammals at the Natural History Museum of Los Angeles County, died March 29 [1988] of pancreatic and liver cancer at his Los Angeles home. He was 45 years old.
      Dr. Schreiber was known for his studies of Pacific seabirds, particularly the brown pelican. His early work 20 years ago helped identify the deadly effect of DDT on those pelicans, committing him to work for the survival of the endangered species."

  • Sickputer

    The list of Endangered and Threatened species grows larger…2153 specie.

    Many if not most are pollution victims. Fukushima is the invisible elephant in the room nobody in the government is willing to admit. They don't want to rock the economy.

    They view human radiation casualties as just collateral damage of a major industry…the nuclear industry. Because radiation is invisible they have an easy time vilifying people who do protest. Like Enenewsers.

    The deceivers will not escape the verdict of history.

  • Daisy207

    Wait until the headlines read that people on the West Coast can't successfully breed. It will happen.

  • Food chain decimated….genomes muted…

    I want to see the data on what's going on with the west coast fishing industry as summer rolls on. I don't think anyone's going to be able to shut the commercial fishermen up.

    • *mutated* Freudian slip. But I guess the word muted is as good as any. Another thing that could happen is we could see more of monitoring stations going silent. I pray the internet doesn't go down the same black manipulated hole.

    • GQR2

      visibly sick, damaged or no fish might close down the fisheries. People really ought to question their food way way more than they are ever used to.
      Its a miserable awakening when the sickening conclusion of how tainted,toxic most all our foods are. Knowing where one's food comes from and how its grown is a human right.

      Only animals in this barbaric culture are force fed adulterated products. OR so we thought! – it really is insulting.

      • Seems to me the catch numbers should show up rapidly. Fish species each follow their feed preferences and certain currents take them northward into colder waters. The legal seasons and catch limits are specific to each species and types of boats/gear allowed. All are watched very closely each year so agencies can control licensing and season lengths for the next year coming up.

        The canneries and processors keep records that could also be tracked. My point being, the nuclear bedfellows can't control or fake these kinds of records. The trick will be to publish and spread those figures in spite of the general news media blackout.

        • Heart of the Rose Heart of the Rose

          The nuke industry can't doctor fishing numbers..but the fishing industry can and will.

          • I believe other agencies and scientists will and do mis-report. But how does a cannery change the amount of employees they hired to process as the catch purchased fluctuates, or the ice companies fudge sold tonnage at fishing ports, or the fuel suppliers for amounts sold to the boats (that only go out to fish IF it's a viable season).

            • Heart of the Rose Heart of the Rose

              They don't ..they will be the one's crying first.

              • Angry and scurrying to sell their permits and useless boats, looking at the number of fishing fleet friends going on welfare. My family went through all that dispair even pre-Fukushima…as a child I was working for 3 summers on on my dad's commercial salmon troller off Alaska and NE WA. 5 small commercial boats in my immediate family. We didn't cry…just spread the word to others that the *fishing game* as we called it, was a goner.

                • Heart of the Rose Heart of the Rose

                  And what about the First whom fishing is not a game but survival?

                  • Actually my Neah Bay fisherman indian family and friends still refer to making a living with fishing as *the fishing game*. Common term on the docks and in the grocery stores between trips. 🙂

                    Never hear any say "Morning, how's the fishing business?" Or industry. They'd get laughed at or jokingly accused of being a govt spy.

                    • Should have said *tried*. I'm not currently in touch with the Neah Bay crowd but 4 years ago my stepson (Makah indian) tried a few times to make a living working on friends' boats there but said it's not worth it. Left the area to look for work elsewhere.

            • The world's fisheries have and are still collapsing, but according to those in the fishing industry, there is no problem, and fishermen should be allowed to just go out and harvest as much as they can, forever more.

              There is a huge problem in the fishery industry.

              According to the fishermen, there is no problem.. just let them get out there and fish with no limits.

              • "According to the fishermen, there is no problem.. just let them get out there and fish with no limits."

                NO limits? Which fishermen are being blamed? Too general. As the years rolled by, the restrictions on season length shortened to mere days of the year for some types of boats/gear in OR, WA and Alaska coastal waters.

                We all lived it over the decades, discussed endlessly all aspects of cause & effect and hoped the severe local fishing restrictions could save some of the salmon runs. (We also knew the fish farms were a harmful solution even then) Meanwhile beyond the 3 mile legal international jurisdiction, we did our 10 day trips out of sight of land, and cursed daily at the mammoth foreign processor factory ships gobbling up untold tons of fish with each sweep right before our eyes.

                We worked our small boats the hard way, each fish pulled up was cleaned and iced individually by hand. Fishermen were pretty aware of what caused/causes the most damage to the *industry* So were neighbors who had local jobs with Fish and Game or Wildlife managements. We agreed that greed would do it in…so neither blamed the other as the necessary limits of allowable season and catch were announced each year. The tipping points of each locale occurred long before any experts declared it so. I can only speak of my west coast real life experience. Fukushima's radiation is the final blow.

                • TooExpensiveToMatter

                  the mammoth foreign processor factory ships gobbling up untold tons of fish with each sweep right before our eyes. "

                  The ones that are also raking the bottom of the continental shelf with their massive steel nets producing large swaths of "undersea desert": ocean devoid of any life except what Scripps scientist Jeremy jackson calls "sea snot"

                  the little guy always pays for and usually gets blamed for the exploitations of the "big guy" [corporations]

                  • Very true. One night when my dad had the boat drifting out at the Forty mile bank, some kind of big ship sideswiped and crushed his bow and rigging. He got out of his zipped up sleeping bag in time to get out on deck…saw the guys on the freighter or whatever it was looking back as they turned off all their deck lights. Therefore he couldn't identify it to the coast guard. Too many foreign ships for them to track down.

                • Spot on… there are many reasons for fisheries collapse, from factory ships, dam building, chemical use, radiation, introduction of foreign species, and many more..

                  Humans are behind almost all or all of those reasons of species collapse in the final analysis..

      • Seraphine Seraphine

        I've seen "expensive" smoked salmon & ahi tuna on sale in several stores of late, & I don't think it's because of Memorial Day.

  • weeman

    El Fukushima not El Niño,
    I have a dream to and this is a nightmare with only one outcome, the decimation of life on this plant.

  • Nick

    The sun is not revealing as many sunspots during this solar maximum as was expected.

    But the sun's rays still heat up ocean waters where plankton are reduced and less CO2 is being converted into cellular structures.

    An El Nino could be triggered by humans toxic loading of the earth's waters.

    Just random thoughts…..

    I cringe these days with the CLAXON of doom and gloom from the climate change believers.

    But it is too simplistic to simply enact a market driven carbon tax!

    Carbon is not the enemy. Toxins are. Radiation from Fukushima is a major player right now.

    Anyone who supports nuclear energy AND trumpets the climate change carbon crap is not a sentient being.

  • Sol Man

    Crimes against life.

  • ftlt

    Bird breeding and populations where hugely affected by nuclear weapons atmospheric testing. This is a known fact.

    Getting closer here.

  • MrIcansee2 MrIcansee2

    Normally 8,000 – 10,000 young. Now 20. We are going to pay for what we have done.

  • Jebus Jebus

    A man made toxin, is a man made toxin…

    How many creatures does it take to sing, "A Silent Spring"?

    Rachel Louise Carson (May 27, 1907 – April 14, 1964)

    RIP, Rachel, you did all you could…

  • Heart of the Rose Heart of the Rose

    Here comes the double speak:

    "We have these explosive releases of atmospheric derives of fallout and the gases carried out by aerosol either to the ocean or on land,” Buesseler said. “Luckily for Japan these tend to fall offshore. So about 80 percent of the fallout that came through those explosive releases fell on the earth and that happened about 3 days after March 11.”
    "“Radioactivity can be dangerous, you should be concerned when things like this happen, but I don’t think that Santa Barbara or the West Coast are contaminated to levels where we should have concern for our health or safety,” Buesseler said.

    Director of WHOI Discusses Radioactivity in Pacific Ocean
    May 28 2014

  • Heart of the Rose Heart of the Rose

    "“In many ways we were fortunate that impacts were largely confined to the ocean. Certainly, the Japanese people continue to feel devastating effects of so large a release within their country, and many people may never be able to return to their homes. But in general the winds during the height of the accident at the Fukushima Daiichi nuclear power plant were blowing offshore,” he said."

    California; More on Radioactive Buckeyballs, Ken Buessler WHOI.
    June 20 2012

  • Heart of the Rose Heart of the Rose

    Fukushima-A View from the Ocean
    He's the one that needs a rag stuffed in his mouth.

    • GQR2

      Heart you're so right and you had links on this guy from the git go. Such a way with words. He certainly has an appearance schedule the Tour de'Hole. – which University is he going to be next? What high priced dinner will he grace?

      He says the same damn thing every time and has no apparent appreciation of the dangers of which he speaks with the levels of Cesium alone. Gimme that rag!!! lol

  • I live near Clearlake in California. We are used to seeing thousands of white pelicans every year. So far I have yet to see one.

  • Ontological Ontological

    Searching for birds has become a habit on a trip. Do not see many as of late. Sad the loss, once there were so many. Now just hordes of mosquitoes and gnawing gnats the birds used to eat. Now WE are their dinner. The Cesium in the sky was so scary last we flew, the damage is irreversible. And they stick their collective heads in the sand. Cannot allow this little ELE thing to effect our bottom line. Pathetic Humans are we do not deserve to survive.

  • patb2009

    The pelicans must have failed to think happy thoughts.

  • TheBigPicture TheBigPicture


    Add pelicans to the list of mass West Coast illnesses and die-offs.

  • antipodes

    NICK Why should humans be allowed to send plutonium into space and other planets? Would we Earthlings want nuke reactors landing indiscriminately on our good Earth?

  • Nick

    We here at ENEnews are supposed to think/believe that we are b-sh*t crazy by FOCUSING on rads spewing from FD-NPP.

    I mean, come on, surely we have better things to pay attention to. Right?

    I'll take being batshit crazy.

    'Cause we all are headed that way anyway!

  • Nick

    Antipodes…. I speak after the fact. Since we DID discover plutonium…space probes are about the only thing I can justify the technology for.

    None of our space probes has a rat's chance in hell of hurting another planet.

  • Nick

    To all of us…

    I know that there are some that wish the nuclear genie had stayed in the bottle.

    But humans found a way to split atoms. That is a fact.

    It is how we go from here that matters.

    For starters, we need to admit that some of us got a little too carried away with the fission stuff.

    Problem is, decaying atoms don't just vanish, they linger for 10s of thousands of years.

    So, the only way forward is to REDUCE our love for fission, throughout the supply chain.

    Being humans, we actually are somewhat slow to react to f-ups in our way of thinking.

    Surely WIPP/Chernobyl/TMI/Fukushima/atmospheric weapons testing, etc are enough to give us all pause.

    I suggest a new world order. Mass Chaos.

  • J.

    One comment: the possible effects of tsunami debris are ignored as consistently as the effects of radiation. I have read stunningly little during the past three plus years about the precise nature of the industrial detritus dragged into the Pacific by the tsunami. Tohoku was a very heavily industrialized area. How many oil processing facilities went into the ocean? How many chemical factories? Gas stations? Pesticide warehouses? The list of potential toxins goes on and on. Are these hitting the California coast now, acting synergistically with radioactive isotopes? The die-offs may have multiple inter-related causes.

    • Sol Man

      The answer to your first four questions is: more than we can count.
      (Yes, there is a number and it is big!)

      The last question is not just for the California coast, but the whole world: yes, all of these things are working together to the detriment of all and the demise of many.

    • Pete

      Yes, there were numerous chemical plants, a battery factory, lots of chemical waste that got washed out, thousands of miles of electrical transmission lines and capacitors, on and on.

      Chemicals are changed by radiation, and what happens if you run battery acid laced with dioxins through a reactor core over a mystery corium?

      No one knows, and Im guessing never will.

    • vital1 vital1

      North Pacific Ocean water is now a mixture of toxic chemicals, and a verity of Radioactive isotopes, not just Cesium!

      All this weakens the immune systems of animals and humans, we could see viruses that would normally be under check become more infectious, or mutation of a viruses strain into more infectious strains.

      The Toxicity multiplying effect.

      A single toxin in the environment can be a hazard, and maybe an organism's
      natural biological defense systems can deal with this effectively. If an
      organism has other toxins present radiological and chemical, to deal with at the same time, you get a biological toxicity multiplying effect. The human or animal defense systems becomes weaker the more toxins it
      has to deal with.

      System overload, fighting to many battles on to many fronts at the same time!

      In the long term more human and animal life may die from the indirect effects of the radioactive contamination, as a result of the weakened immune systems, or from virus mutations. Hence the wide spread animal die off reports.

  • Radio Radio

    24 pelicans were born and survived in this stretch of California coastline. 24. It should have been 10,000 born and survived. Might we get the government to finally take notice? No, its too busy fracking, drilling, dumping, raising radiation and chemical toxin exposure levels, undoing environmental protections, killing, slaughtering, incarcerating, overfishing, humping Wall Street legs, taking bribes, and fomenting rebellions in the Middle East and the Caucasus for oil and natural gas, and building new, more powerful nuclear weapons to have time to notice. And, that's just the president! Ya oughta see congress! Please take note. We are entering a new time. Our chance to act democratically and effectively is narrowing.

  • Heart of the Rose Heart of the Rose

    Tepco concealed 1,000,000,000 Bq/m3 of Strontium-90 detected from groundwater for 9 months
    May 28 2014

  • Heart of the Rose Heart of the Rose

    How does a person work this in?
    How can these almost unfathomable amounts not affect the environment?

  • Homo Insapiens Homo Insapiens

    Top of the food chain!
    Lower links disintegrate.
    Oops, chain's now too short.

  • Down The River Down The River

    In nature the food chain is really a circle. One creatures waste is another ones food.

    We have been conditioned to think of it as a food ladder, with us at the top.

    Perhaps when the death and destruction gets to the rung below us people will wake up.

    Oops – too late

    • CodeShutdown CodeShutdown

      Circular food chain? Not entirely correct, as everything is solar powered, if you track the chain of nutrition. But Man only thinks he is on top, pesky megalomaniac that he is. Bacteria and fungi will eat you up in no time, unless one manages to burn the corpse first, but thats not really fair. Of course man is easy pickins for sharks and lions, tigers and bears. Oh he has pride in gun or spear, but put a man out in the wilderness without them and he quickly rethinks the food chain

  • Jinxie1953

    We have certainly become a Cosmic Embarrassment! We have ruined this beautiful Earth and apparently few people actually give a damn. It seems to stem from the errant belief that 'Man has Dominion over all the creatures'(paraphrased. It makes me sick to my soul

  • Sol Man

    Oh, beautiful life!
    Where did you go?!

  • CB CB

    The entire West Coast of Canada, North America, and Mexico are nuclear disaster area. Were still on what is effectivly day one of multiple 200,000,000 year events. So much for your genes and offspring, genetically mutated by retards forever more.

  • antipodes

    NICK … According to Wikipedia probes landing on Mars, other planets and moons use plutonium as a power source. Like Mars rover and Viking etc. So as I stated before Earthlings are sending this poison to other bodies in our solar system. And by the way it looks to me at least 50% of people posting here believe the situation at Fukushima could and should be mitigated by Japan and or other goverments. I belive you are an engineer, so please open your mind , pitch in and give us some practical suggestions. Thank you.

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