Japan Gov’t Data: 65% of marine life test positive for cesium in Nov. — Average catch exceeds new radiation limits @ 111 Bq/kg

Published: January 15th, 2012 at 12:08 pm ET


After Fukushima, fish tales, Montreal Gazette by Alex Roslin, Jan. 13, 2012 [Emphasis Added]:

And evidence has emerged that the impacts of the disaster on the Pacific Ocean are worse than expected. […]

In November, 65 per cent of the catches tested positive for cesium (a radioactive material created by nuclear reactors), according to a Gazette analysis of data on the [Japan] fisheries agency’s website. […]

In July, cesium levels stopped declining and remained stuck at 10,000 times above pre-accident levels.

It meant the ocean wasn’t diluting the radiation as expected. If it had been, cesium levels would have kept falling. The finding suggested radiation was still being released into the ocean long after the accident in March, [oceanographer Ken Buesseler, a senior scientist at the non-profit Woods Hole Oceanographic Institution in Woods Hole, Mass] said in an interview.

“It implies the groundwater is contaminated or the facility is still leaking radiation.”

Japan Gov’t Data Also Shows Radiation Levels NOT Declining

Overall, one in five of the 1,100 catches tested in November exceeded the new ceiling of 100 becquerels per kilogram. […] 

The Japanese fisheries data seems to support this conclusion. Far from declining, contamination levels in some species were flat or even rose last fall, including species that Japan exports to Canada like skipjack tuna, cod, sole and eel.

In November, the average Japanese catch had 111 becquerels of cesium per kilogram – above the new radiation ceiling of 100 becquerels per kilo that Japan has announced it will implement for food this spring

[…] an increase from the October average of 78 becquerels per kilo [42% increase from Oct. – Nov.].


Such persistently elevated levels of radiation warrant more monitoring and research, Fisher [Nicholas Fisher, a marine sciences professor at the State University of New York at Stony Brook] said. “It’s not something we can easily dismiss.” 

Continuing radiation leaks from Fukushima could be to blame, he said. Another culprit, he said, may be a phenomenon called biomagnification – the tendency for radiation concentrations to increase in species that are farther up the food chain.

h/t Pacific, xdrfox

Published: January 15th, 2012 at 12:08 pm ET


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84 comments to Japan Gov’t Data: 65% of marine life test positive for cesium in Nov. — Average catch exceeds new radiation limits @ 111 Bq/kg

  • ion jean ion jean

    As we hear on enenews.com it only takes 50Bq/kg to cause vital organ damage.

    Anyone who gets a heart attack or breast cancer needs to talk about testing their body for cesium and start retaining lawyers!

    • WindorSolarPlease

      Hi ion jean,

      Maybe we should all get tested for internal radiation, before we get those types of problems?

      Then Doctors don’t even want to talk about what the disaster is bringing here, probably don’t even want to test us for it.

  • radegan

    Yummy! Can’t wait for the Yakuza controlled sushi business to serve me some of that.

    • WindorSolarPlease

      Hi radegan,

      It’s just a little something extra, that they don’t charge you for. You don’t even need a coupon for it.

  • BreadAndButter BreadAndButter

    That is truly dramatic. The Japanese industry relies heavily on fishing, and seafood is such an important part of their diet….their love for seafood is legendary – I think it’s a national symbol in a way, just like rice.
    The family businesses and customers must be devastated.

    Not even to mention the consequences for all lifeforms in the ocean. 🙁

  • Rakka Rakka

    I think we’re going to see a lot more of our ocean friends floating in the Tokyo bay in the near future :(. This is not surprising considering the magnitute of what is happening… but still tragic.

  • midwestern midwestern

    She wouldn’t comment on the Japanese fisheries data, which she hadn’t seen previously. But she said of the data: “It would reinforce our expectation that the CFIA would test this year.

    “We want to be able to assure our customers that our expectation that there will be no increase in detectable levels (of radiation) is true,” she said.

    She said she based this expectation on “a general belief that contamination will be limited to the coastal waters off Japan.”

    Ahhh, “expectations”…another word we have heard often and learned to suspect like the phrase “no immediate/imminent danger to the public”. Quite ominous. Since March 11th, I think our “expectation” is that we will be lied to. We hope to uncover the truth. We hope to survive the truth and to change it.

  • BreadAndButter BreadAndButter

    Just a summary of a new study (Jan 2012):

    “It is shown which information can be extracted from the monitoring of radionuclides emitted from the Fukushima Dai-ichi nuclear power plant and transported to Europe. In this part the focus will be on the analysis of the concentration ratios.

    While (131)I, (134)Cs and (137)Cs were reported by most stations, other detected radionuclides, reported by some, are (95)Nb, (129m)Te, (132)Te, (132)I, (136)Cs and (140)La.
    From their activity ratios a mean burn-up of 26.7 GWd/t of the fuel from which they originated is estimated.
    Based on these data, inventories of radionuclides present at the time of the accident are calculated.
    The caesium activity ratios indicate emissions from the core of unit 4 which had been unloaded into the fuel storage pool prior to the accident.

    It’s from a study done by the German Federal Office for Radiation Protection in Berlin.

    • arclight arclight

      Cesium-137 detected in all water samples
      Strontium-90 detected in all water samples
      Cesium-134 detected in 94% of water samples


      Excessive radiation found in sea organisms off China
      Updated: 2011-08-

      “According to the statement, the levels of strontium-90, a radioactive isotope of strontium, found in squids are 29 times higher than the average background level of samples taken from China’s coastal waters.

      This indicates that these waters have been clearly affected by radioactive material that leaked from the crippled nuclear power plant in Fukushima during the massive earthquake and tsunami disaster on March 11, the statement said.

      The samples were also found to contain argentum-110m and cesium-134, which are normally difficult to detect in biological samples from China’s coastal waters, the statement said.”


      • Fudo

        “This indicates that these waters have been clearly affected”

        Not according to the article.

        The Chinese were testing the waters East of Fukushima in the Western Pacific Ocean. The Chinese coastline is West of Fukushima on the other side of the Korean Peninsula facing the China sea.

        “According to the statement, the levels of strontium-90, a radioactive isotope of strontium, found in squids are 29 times higher THAN the average background level of samples taken from China’s coastal waters.”

        They didn’t say these readings were of Chinese coastal waters, they were comparing the levels to Chinese coastal waters.

  • ZombiePlanet ZombiePlanet

    This news is not surprising when one conceders the many admitted “errors” and “misquotes” that have plagued the Gov and industry mouthpieces. Another error that may come to light is that they have set to “bearable level” way to low and, a higher rate of exposure will be most expectable.

    Care for a tuna sandwich anyone?

    • Jebus Jebus

      True ZombiePlanet,
      What else is not surprising is the dead whale in Tokyo bay.
      That whale, if a plankton eater, is a creature that has a short cut through the food chain. Most other sea creatures have their hierarchical place in the food chain. That whale has a direct path to one of the lowest links in the chain. Those plankton are the consumers of the smallest particles in the ocean. They would be one of the first to be contaminated at these levels of nuclides as shown above. That whale takes in hundreds of pounds of plankton in each “bite”. It would stand to reason that the whale would achieve a lethal level of contamination first, out of all of the large creatures in the sea.
      When the rest of the food chain catches up to the unlucky plankton eaters, we will see portions of the pacific ocean turning red with death…

      • ZombiePlanet ZombiePlanet

        Sounds logicial to me. As the fish migrate and the sea currents move this material around, there will be more dead sea life present. Reminds me of a verse in the Revelations where in the end times 1/3 of the sea creatures die. Hummm

      • Gotham

        And what happens if the plankton mutates and stops producing oxygen?

      • Jebus,
        Stupid Strikes Again In Georgia

        As for the dead blue whale in Tokyo Bay (see below), it probably was while still healthy…feeding somewhere between the Bering Strait and the Sea of Okhotsk, unknowingly ingesting radioactive and chemically-contaminated krill at depths of 100 meters or more. These krill are spawned over the Japan Trench were the warm Kuroshio meets the cold Liman currents.
        Upon feeling strange symptoms in its gut and having difficulty in …


        • Jebus Jebus

          “Although it is not clear how the whale entered Tokyo Port, the Tokyo Coast Guard Office believes its tail or other body parts may have somehow gotten trapped in the propeller of a large freighter, which carried it there.”

          Whoa, now I guess I should feel ashamed and apologize to the nuclear community, because I was so wrong in thinking, that it could have died from eating tons of radionuclide contaminated krill, that poisoned the life out one of the largest and most majestic mammals to have ever inhabited this planet in thousands of years….

    • WindorSolarPlease

      Hi ZombiePlanet

      I used to make the best tuna and crab casserole

      Not even touching a tuna sandwich anymore.

      • ZombiePlanet ZombiePlanet

        I know what you mean. A couple of days after 3/11/11 I purchased much canned tuna and salmon and put it on the shelf. When it runs out, it will be a thing of the past as far as my diet goes.

        As they say… “really burns my cookies.”

        • jump-ball jump-ball

          I quadrupled my pre-fuku long-dated 2015-2017 canned tuna and salmon stacks from April thru September 2011 and then stopped buying, but the worse the news gets the more I am inclined to add even more. Anyone know approximate harvest dates of present day tuna and salmon retail shelf stocks? (my emails to name-brand suppliers have all gone unanswered.)

          • ZombiePlanet ZombiePlanet

            Hello JB

            You sparked my memory. I recall a radio show I listened to a couple of months after 3/11 and the lead time was many months on canning. Otherwise the tuna in the store was caught 6-8 months earlier. Think I will run a search on that and I will also e-mail the host of the radio broadcast. The host was also selling “pre-3/11” canned salmon at that time. Maybe he can answer this question.

          • ZombiePlanet ZombiePlanet

            Still loking for the answer but did find this so far.

            How do you read the code on Chicken of the Sea products?
            The code marking on the container, pouch or bag identifies each pack. It tells where and when the product was packed as well as the pack style, the ingredients and other information regarding the product. Each packer considers this information strictly confidential and, for this reason, we cannot share the code breakdown. Code information is available from our Consumer Affairs department.
            * * * * *
            All of StarKist’s tuna is wild-caught. The majority of the tuna StarKist obtains is from the Pacific Ocean and the Western Atlantic fisheries. We do not use farm-raised tuna.

            The majority of our tuna is produced in either American Samoa (which is a territory of the United States) or Ecuador. While a small amount of our tuna is also produced in Thailand… In compliance with Federal regulations, if any of our products was produced outside of the United States or one of its territories, the label will list the country of origin. If a product does not specifically state the country of origin, then you can assume it has been produced in the United States or a U.S. territory.

            You can call StarKist Consumer Affairs at 1-800-252-1587, Monday-Friday between the hours of 9:00 a.m. – 5:00 p.m. ET or click here to email us.


        • WindorSolarPlease

          ZombiePlanet, I really stopped eating sea food since the gulf disaster, and I miss it. I’m on my last fish oil vitamins. I’m not sure what else is good to eat to replace the sea food benefits?

    • dharmasyd dharmasyd

      Bye Bye Sashimi (my fave). Even without wasabi, you’re way too hot!

  • pure water

    “It implies the groundwater is contaminated or the facility is still leaking radiation.”
    Or both!

    • WindorSolarPlease

      Hi pure water

      I would bet on both.

      Plus air, soil, and so on.. is all contaminated.

      What a fine mess. Nuclear Power is not worth this destruction.

  • nonuke nonuke

    Lets not miss this …

    Nuclear Aftershocks(check local listings »)Coming January 17, 2012

    examines the implications of the Fukushima accident for U.S. nuclear safety, and asks how this disaster will affect the future of nuclear energy around the world.

  • WindorSolarPlease

    I believe we all have, and even marine life, been living with radiation for some time. However, I believe this disaster has pushed us over the edge.

  • WindorSolarPlease

    There goes our Plankton and oxygen

    This is a good video


    • dharmasyd dharmasyd

      Plucked this quote from WSP’s posted vid:

      Plankton are the beginning of the circle of life, the producer of the air we breathe


      • WindorSolarPlease

        Hi dharmasyd

        Yippieee someone listened to it all thank you)))

        Even though it was short and was made years ago, I thought it went to the point that..We Need Plankton.

  • Jebus Jebus

    60 years of nuclear, spreading it’s radionuclides across this planet, and we are still receiving doses from the first releases, bioaccumulatimg in ever greater levels. The doomsday clock is ticking ever closer to midnight and not just from weapons. The “peacefull” use of nuclear energy is more and more the ever present danger to all life on earth. WE ALL, were fooled into submission from the beginning with lies and deceit. Meanwhile the tic, tic, tic, of destruction grows ever more frantic, tic, tic…

    • Whoopie Whoopie

      CORRECTION: 66 Years Ago Today: The Nuclear Age Arrived—an­­d the ‘Cover-up’ Began http://tin­yurl.com/6­yzraqh

      • Jebus Jebus

        “I am become Death, the Destroyer of Worlds.”

        What words of conscience those are and what horrific irony that Japan is destined to become the result of history repeating itself for mankind not remembering history….

        • Whoopie Whoopie

          You know….John Lennon was not the only one to dream of a world without hunger and war, but he was enough of a realist to know that change does not happen overnight. It takes people coming together for a common goal, working together in harmony, and committing to make the world a better place for all. This was Lennon’s dream. It is OUR DREAM too. NO MORE NUCLEAR!

        • dharmasyd dharmasyd

          And the person, Robert Oppenheimer, who spoke those words, was himself destroyed by the hubris of nuclear proponents.

          It is the same with the proponents today who try to silence the truthtellers. We must keep speaking; we must keep shouting, and we must shout louder than the shills.

  • AH…

    The delusion of dilution!…

  • have fun talking bold !

    Cause we all might as well be shouting about this!!!

    • Jebus Jebus

      Put a space before all closing tags and they will close properly…

      • Actually its much more complex than that jebus. As this was actually an intentional html code That I embedded.

        Its my way of getting everyone riled up…

        65% of oceanic produce beyond legally implied contamination limit is far too important to view as a normal everyday event…

  • Alice Alice

    The question that may be on everyone’s mind when it becomes 100% contamination of ground, air and water.

    What will we drink?

    What will we eat?

    How will we breathe?

    The hubris of humankind is leading to our ruin sooner than expected.

    • many moons

      Alice I think we will all become use to the taste of radiation, and we will eat the poison food until we no longer need nurishment, because well you know, our bodies won’t need food anymore…that’s what I’m sure will happen…it’s happening and nothing will stop it.
      Radiation will inherit the earth.

  • StillJill StillJill

    Right Alice,…and just before THOSE questions,…come somewhat lesser (?) questions that MUST BE ANSWERED.

    Like,…How do you DO,…in the pitch dark?

    • Alice Alice

      Jill, a weird thought just crossed my mind thinking about the possibility of global blackout.

      Supposing those aliens called ‘greys’ which I had always thought belonged to the realm of science fiction? Suppose that’s what humans (any surviving, that is) may evolve into?

  • StillJill StillJill

    Only one??? Oh, I’m sorry,….”Weird thoughts”,…:-)

    That’s not resonating with my, “spidey senses”, as Stockhawaii says. 🙂

    I believe that those who survive are the super elect of God, spoken of in the bible. They will be pretty raggamuffin, by the time Snakeface comes and goes,…but they will be fully human! (For the moment, until the real Christ comes).

    Snakeface is VERY soon to appear,…he will first patch up the BIG BAD Owwwwweee,…and save the day. Many will believe on him. Sadly, many even here will be deceived. Some will not.

    That is all I know. No grey men,…that my God ever spoke of,…just men and fallen angels.

    • ZombiePlanet ZombiePlanet

      Hi SJ

      As in the days of Noah so shall it be in the time of His return.

      And what was in the days of Noah… the Rephaim,
      what today are termed giants. Gota love all the genetic engineering idiots that live today.

      • ZombiePlanet ZombiePlanet

        Hey, my post was not in bold type. Must be a Taco curse.

        • StillJill StillJill

          Seems you got your Taco curse back! As have I? Yes? NO?

          Yes, also called nafa,…or “Fallen”

          Still can’t figure out whom to believe,…the folks who say “Snakeface” ISN’T unleashed yet,…(just his spirit and fallen nafa),..or the few who say he’s already been cast down.

          Truly unanswered for me.

  • Radionuclide analysis] Max 9, 686Bq/kg detection!

    12/29 Grab sampling mud with Osaka Bay / part 1
    Kansai Airport near the seabed soil

    Caesium 134 7, 271Bq/Kg
    Cesium 137 705Bq/Kg
    Strontium 90 28Bq/Kg

    12/29 Grab sampling mud with Osaka Bay / part 2
    Hamadera, Yamato River estuary near the seabed soil

    Caesium 134 8, 924Bq/Kg
    Cesium 137 762Bq/Kg
    Strontium 90 31Bq/Kg


  • jayjay jayjay

    Hi i’m from mid-wales UK and new to this site. Thankyou enenews for the hard work and exposing the dire state in Japan.
    Read this recently and how true it is
    “When all the trees have been cut down,
    when all the animals have been hunted,
    when all the waters are polluted,
    when all the air is unsafe to breathe,
    only then will man discover that you cannot eat money.
    ~ Cree Prophecy ~

  • jayjay jayjay

    Thanks for the welcome.
    Don’t know if this is the place to bring this to attention but
    this family’s situation needs attention. A bit like the lady in Japan and the nuke industry there.

    • Whoopie Whoopie

      Thanks jayjay.
      “2.30pm, Saturday 21 January, Car Park, Glanhwfa Road, Llangefni.
      Richard Caerdegog
      Come to support the brave family of Caedegog Farm who are standing firm against attempts to grab their land for Wylfa- B.
      Good God, it’s happening EVERYWHERE isn’t it? The TAKING of land, ignoring the people who own it!! Damn them!

      • Whoopie Whoopie

        P.S. It’s always nice to have new friends here. If it weren’t for Enenews’ers, I’d be absolutely GOING CRAZY. Still am going crazy but i feel the warmth from everyone here: That I am NOT ALONE.

    • arclight arclight

      thanks for the link jay jay! hope the demo goes well! will try to make the next hopefully! think that given the evidence of low dose damage to the local population is enough reason to shut them all down.. and we will!! no nukes!!


  • julieoftheearth julieoftheearth

    @WindSolarPlease; According to the linked vid, if the plankton go, so do we… no air to breathe! These are things that are impossible for our minds to wrap around! Well, not impossible, but we can only take so much right?

    • WindorSolarPlease

      Hi julieoftheearth

      It also mentions the rainforest, but we are destroying that also. I think it is saying if we keep destroying what has been given to us, we will lose out.

  • StillJill StillJill

    Yes whoops,…we’re a whole ‘flock that went over the Coo-coos nest TOGETHER!

    I once saw a person go over Niagara Falls in a barrel. He did not live, most don’t.

    I think we have about the same chances.
    Sarah McLachan says it best, for when you’re going over Niagara Falls in a Barrel: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=EjMzJrP9BaE

  • CaptD CaptD

    They are dumping radioactive waste in TOKYO BAY and allowing radioactive water from Fukushima to enter the Pacific Ocean because every dro saves TEPCO reprocessing costs and in Japan what is good for TEPCO and their connected friends is what is good for “Japan”; control of the people is job 1 for TEPCO!
    Profit at any cost (to others)…

  • CaptD CaptD

    I expect to see yet another Fukushima before this Summer thanks to World Greed!

    • WindorSolarPlease

      Hi CaptD

      I don’t know when or how, I just know it can happen again.


      ~End Nuclear Plants~

  • CaptD CaptD

    Anybody think of this?

    I’m beginning to think I was correct about that BIG PRIZE Tuna,
    … Caught “off the coast of Fukushima” is really just a TEPCO PR red herring or fluke!

    Face it, it would have been so easy to “Plant” and it generated such great press!

    Remember dead Tuna tell N☢ tales… and this smells fishy yo me!

    • It was funny how the trolls picked up on that as ‘proof” that the oceans were doing fine…..

      • CaptD CaptD

        FISHY says it all!

        BTW IMO if it was a red herring, it was a great one!

        Any thoughts on any signs of TEPCO stock manipulation by looking at their charts?
        I think would be a great “find”….

  • mungo mungo

    i cant shout, my throat is sore, and i am not bold enough! anyway, are prawns off the menu too?

  • CaptD CaptD

    IMO If I lived in Japan and especially in Northern Japan I would not be eating any “filter feeders” (clams, oysters ect.) and things that feed upon them or other micro nutrients (like prawns) because they probably have the most radioactive contamination…

    If you are older yourself then you have probably less to fear…

    See if you can rent or borrow a Geiger counter and take it shopping !

  • many moons

    Today it’s the pacific tomorrow the atlantic…where will it end? I guess it’s going to stop when…
    The last tree in the amazon is burned down.
    The last nuclear plant blows up
    The last animal dies
    The last plant doesn’t bare fruit
    The last person lays down to die.