Japan Professor: ‘Really shocked’ they found contaminated fish by U.S. coast — Urgent situation to get samples, but stopped by Customs — They need to understand just how critical this is (VIDEO)

Published: October 2nd, 2013 at 4:04 pm ET


Title: Joint Tuna Survey in Pacific
Source: NHK Newsline
Date: Sept. 30, 2013
h/t MissingSky101, MsMilkytheClown1

At 1:15 in

Professor Hideo Yamazaki, Kinki University: We estimated concentration levels to be so low they wouldn’t be detectable in the U.S., but the fact they found contaminated fish off the coast of the U.S. really shocked us […]

NHK: Researchers at Stanford University in April sent twenty 3-gram slices of tuna to Japan, but Customs agents at Kansai International Airport stopped them. They said proper documentation was missing. […]

Yamazaki: This is an urgent situation. We need Customs officials to understand just how critical this is, and facilitate the timely transportation of materials that need to be studied.

Watch the broadcast here

Published: October 2nd, 2013 at 4:04 pm ET


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27 comments to Japan Professor: ‘Really shocked’ they found contaminated fish by U.S. coast — Urgent situation to get samples, but stopped by Customs — They need to understand just how critical this is (VIDEO)

  • TheBigPicture TheBigPicture

    S L O W .. A G O N I Z I N G .. C A N C E R .. D E A T H

    Seafood is over.


    Never again.

    Only an idiot would eat it, thanks to nuclear.

  • CodeShutdown CodeShutdown

    Japanese customs stopped the fish samples from Stanford. Six months later, customs is considering whether to let the Japanese university have the samples.

    Anytime a scientist is "shocked" because things are not what they expected, its a bad sign. It says that scientific assumptions were not scientific after all, and THAT is what should be shocking. After all, if a child of 10 knew that Tuna migrated across the ocean from a place of super high radiation, he would not be shocked that the fish contain some radiation. Its embarrassing.

  • Ibaraki2Bogota Ibaraki2Bogota

    Any Enenews'ers have links to <strong> Mid-Pacific distribution of Fukushima radiation</strong>? i.e. Graphics or Animation showing the movement of radiation with respect to South America specifically Colombia?

    I've been following the site since evacuating Ibaraki on March 13th 2011. But the projected graphical distributions I've seen so far, only cover North America, and cut off after parts of the Southern US States or Central America i.e. Mexico. Thanks in advance….

    • Ibaraki2Bogota Ibaraki2Bogota

      … Additionally, Colombia is a particularly interesting and unspoilt beautiful country that is bordered by the Pacific and the Caribbean Sea, the latter draws most tourists and Colombians on vacation.

      I'm interested to know <b> what Fukushima radiation will spread into the Caribbean Sea </b>? Can it come in via the Panama Canal for instance?

      • 16Penny 16Penny

        "what Fukushima radiation will spread into the Caribbean Sea?

        I can think of 2 major transport vectors for the Caribbean. Atmospheric (wind / precipitation) and runoff from North America coming down the Mississippi from the Central Plains. Of course as Sickputer says below, there is only one sea on Earth and it will all eventually be touched by man's gift.

        I have not given up hope that we can develop methods of farming that can be isolated in order to reduce radioactive contamination in produce and livestock. Perhaps it is naive of me to think that is possible.

    • Johnny Blade Johnny Blade

      @Ibaraki2Bogota; Unfortunately everything TRUTHFULLY set out about the issue/event points out that we ARE ALL eventually going to fall victim to this slow-motion ELE as the contamination continues to spread via ALL of the transport mechanisms involved with this release event aka "the 311 nuclear ELE"! 🙁 Some places might be lucky(?) enough to be geographically located in regions that received nominal doses of FUKU's crap,but accurate,albeit gloomy logic allows even a simple man to understand that the increasing leaks of increasingly toxic substances flowing into the sea will eventually reach levels that render ALL regions uninhabitable by anything other than the few odd species that can endure radiation & in some cases even thrive in such a hostile environment. I was thinking about the same questions you raised even regarding the Panama Canal-"when they open the locks & ships pass through does the radiation level on the Atlantic side also increase to levels able to be detected"?,among other relevant concerns being left unanswered by those "in the know" 😐 GOOD LUCK to you and ALL ENEWSER's-wherever you're located or planning to go! 🙂

    • HoTaters HoTaters

      I think you would have to study oceanic currents, the projected spread of contamination (see Enenews articles on this subject), then study global movement of salmon, and their movements in the Pacific Ocean. Any study info. you have on salmon migrations is likely to be a year or two old. You may have to contact some University people, like University of Washingon (Washington state, USA), or a University in British Columbia, Canada, to get good data on salmon migrations. University of Alaska might also have good data.

      Then you'd need to try to cross-correlate the results and projections, modeling, to see if there are any meaningful trends. Not an easy task.

      If you have the statistical knowledge to see if there is a strong correlation between the data sets, you might be able to draw some meaningful conclusions.

      It sounds like a big undertaking, and more than someone like me is capable of doing ….

      That doesn't mean you couldn't draw meaningful conclusions, it's just a big and daunting task, Ibaraki.

      Salmon are big in Chile, too, so maybe there is data at their Universities. We know the Japanese scientific community may not be disclosing much, but maybe you could contact the researcher named in this article.

      • HoTaters HoTaters

        Comment above was to Ibaraki ….

      • HoTaters HoTaters

        Oh, and try the U.S. agency, NOAA (National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration). Once upon a time, I studied aquaculture, and the NOAA had a lot of data on fisheries.

  • Johnny Blade Johnny Blade

    Stupid fishes,when will they learn to stop gorging themselves on TEPCO/Big Nuke's very generous gift of globally distributed radionuclides meant to be shared equally by ALL living things??!!
    I knew fish were plotting to ingest as much FUKU as possible so the humans who eat them will meet their demise sooner! ;( On a serious note though-the high levels of contamination now being found(or finally disclosed?) should be a hint to the assholes who brought us to the brink of self-destruction of what land-based life forms that impact ALL species contamination levels look like or VERY SOON WILL!!
    GOOD JOB nuke puke assholes!~May YOUR kind be the 1st to be sickened & slowly,painfully die! The BEST WISHES & LUCK TO ALL others who AREN'T a guilty party to the current man-made extinction now underway full-steam ahead! 🙁

  • Ibaraki2Bogota Ibaraki2Bogota

    Is it possible to source Tuna that are grown in fish farm tanks as opposed to the Pacific?

    I cry reading these headlines! I happen to love Tuna. Everything from Tuna Pasta Salads to simple sandwiches. Tuna can have health benefits too if Omega-3 oils are sufficient. Of course there are risks too, such as Mercury…

    • We Not They Finally

      Salmon is farmed. Don't know about tuna. But even with the salmon, the farms have a BAD reputation about what you wind up eating — antibiotics and the like. Check it out first.

    • HoTaters HoTaters

      Aquaponics farms. Up and coming source of marketable fish.

  • weeman

    The customs officers acted appropriately and the scientist knows better and knew you require documentation to bring in fish?
    Why not to a USA laboratory or a university if it was that imperative, Stanford can't do it,? well I am sure you are associated with a other university to that can

    • 16Penny 16Penny

      I'm thinking the samples sent to Japan were for independent testing / verification. No doubt they would have run some of their own tests before taking the time to send off a sample.

    • HoTaters HoTaters

      Getting things accepted and through customs can be notoriously difficult. When I worked at a University, we had great difficulty getting a piece of scientific equipment to its destination inland, in India. As I recall, it took about two months to get the required customs documentation in place.

      When shipping highly regulated items (like fish) is involved, it's not surprising there were problems getting the item(s) through customs.

      Have done a lot of international shipping, and yes, lots of things can go wrong.

      If the office person packaging and shipping the item doesn't do adequate research on customs regulations, it's a good bet the item will get quarantined at the dock or point of entry.

    • unincredulous unincredulous

      It is imperative that the fish be studied in Japan. The results of the testing must not be released to the public. Testing in Japan ensures that the results will sit in a dusty box; behind the furnace room; in the basement; in a secure military bunker; in a radiactive area; never to be seen again.

  • Sickputer

    Dear Bogota:

    "Buesseler also told ABC Australia radio that while a bluefin tuna containing cesium had been reported off the coast of Santiago, Chile, the levels were non-threatening and much lower than fish found near Fukushima."


    SP: The Japanese long liners in the past 30 years decimated most North Pacific tuna, have moved now into Australian waters to wipe out the tuna there, and the remaining Japanese finny survivors travel far afield. There is no place that Daiichi won't reach in some form. Water-wise you are fairly safe east Panama side unless a massive firestorm spreads global airborne radiation. But eventually even water poisons will travel everywhere….there is just one sea on earth although it has regional names.

  • Sol Man

    It sounds and looks like they have already figured out how/where the tuna picked up the radiation. Incredulous that Stanford did not have the equipment for these measurements.

    • HoTaters HoTaters

      Yes, Sol Man. Why didn't Stanford send the fish to the BRAWN Lab at UC Berkeley, for example? Just a puddle jump away from Stanford, as the bird flies.

  • What needs to happen is a comprehensive study cataloging all fish species that reside along the east coast of japan and where they go and what fish eat those fish and where they go. Go ahead google your heart out that information is inconclusive. The West Coast Salmon disappear into the Pacific for four years. CodeShutdown has it right. These so called experts, even the well meaning ones, seem to be ridiculously stupid. Tuna and salmon are eating Japanese irradiated fish most likely. Therefore radiation will accumulate. I don't see that this is rocket science. Just test lots of fish. If your interested in your citizens health. But I don't get that warm fuzzy feeling from my politicians. Do you?

  • wetpwcas1 wetpwcas1

    I bet even the Mississippi River has fish full od all sorts of radiation & other major rivers world wide. I have seen fish in the Tennessee River with strange looking red burns on them, many were so sick they seem to be trying to push mud against their shin for relief. I wish they would be tested, but our wild life officials have more better things to do like robbing fishermans trap lines & selling the fish to the poor, not all of them do it, but I have met some that have got rich doing it. If they would do that, then if task with submitting fish for testing they would only pick the ones that look normal & the testors would cave to the pressure to keep their jobs! Not all I said, but many would under these sorry economic times!

  • unincredulous unincredulous

    The Japanese are so surprised now. If the test came back positive they would invent a time machine and go back and not build daichi?