L.A. Times: NOAA to start testing wildlife for Fukushima contamination

Published: February 26th, 2013 at 3:39 am ET


Title: Radioactive tuna from Fukushima? Scientists eat it up
Source: Los Angeles Times
Author:  Eryn Brown
Date: February 25, 2013

Radioactive tuna from Fukushima? Scientists eat it up

[…] In coming months, the three researchers and colleagues at the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration and other institutions plan to analyze hundreds more bluefin tuna, as well as albacore tuna; mahi mahi; ocean sunfish; opa; mako, blue and salmon sharks; loggerhead turtles; and sooty shearwaters, a type of migratory seabird.

They’ll examine samples collected in New Zealand, Hawaii and Alaska as well as in California. They might look through archived specimens for salmon and whales to test. Other research groups may track the contamination to study marine animals too, [Dan Madigan of Stanford University] said.

If scientists find Fukushima radiation in swordfish, for example, it will be the first evidence that the species migrates across the entire Pacific. […]


  • They concluded that their tracking method worked, and that Fukushima provided “an unprecedented opportunity” for scientists to use radioactive tracers to follow animal movement. “This was just nature being amazing,” [Nicholas Fisher of Stony Brook University] said.
  • He imagines pulling together a map of the Pacific crisscrossed by the paths of radiation-toting animals — “an amazing image of transport … all from a little dot” in Japan, Madigan said.

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Published: February 26th, 2013 at 3:39 am ET


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24 comments to L.A. Times: NOAA to start testing wildlife for Fukushima contamination

  • Max1 Max1

    … Indeed

    And to think that NOAA is getting around to testing other sea life to possibly be able to track migratory habits…

    • pcjensen

      indeed, amazing … NOAA's rose-pink glasses must make the world look amazing

      • Time Is Short Time Is Short

        We're all wrong. There's nothing wrong with Fukushima radiation at all:

        "A Japanese government-backed researcher said Friday no health effects from radiation released by the stricken Fukushima nuclear plant have been seen in people living nearby."


        Boy, to think all those kids with thyroid nodules must have got them from catching colds . . .

        Nothing like a government agency to lie about life-ending dangers to our kids.

      • bluerthanblu bluerthanblu

        Indeed, those NOAA glasses are thick, dark lenses that don't allow objective data to be published, without filtered interpretations, for euphemistic research goals. 'Dark glasses,' a.k.a., 'blinders.' Take the blinders totally OFF, NOAA. We can handle the truth! Can you?

  • NOAA is a government bureaucracy, as the Oceanographic Association, they wanted to make sure their "government employees" could swim, and pass a test,

    So the employees insisted that instead of just 40 hours a week, they wanted to get 3 hours paid in which they could practice their swimming.

    While small business works 60 To 80 hours a week to generate the tax revenue to employee the folks so they can swim 3 hours a week.

  • TheBigPicture TheBigPicture

    Migrating might have nothing to do with it, being that radiation is flowing in the currents, and is the air.

    • pcjensen

      great point – if they use that small line of inquiry, they'll just get it wrong, par for the course.

    • We Not They Finally

      If the flow charts are correct with regards to the pacific ocean..The area between Japan and the West Coast and Alaska will be totally contaminated by 10 years from now…..Then Rain will cover the rest of north america with deadly radiation as that happens the slide will continue like the sinking of the Titanic….By then we maybe badly in need of friends who can help us migrate to new planets….Thats what we mean when we talk about extinction level events….

      • hogy

        Yeah–the article's concluding remarks are unbelievably ridiculous and Polyanna-ish:
        "The scientists may have to work quickly to capitalize on their opportunity: Radioactive materials decay, and Fukushima's trail will fade. Like the elusive migrating creatures of the deep, the contaminants will eventually vanish into the vast, seemingly featureless Pacific."
        Oh really–which radioactive materials decay rapidly??

        Featureless ocean, eh????? These scientists continue to downplay any potential dangers from the contamination of the sea by the Japanese fiasco. (Might they need to do it in order to get govt grants?)

  • harengus_acidophilus

    Finally, with a look at the 2nd aniversary they woke up.

    Now, they will do a lot of research to "prove" the eternal truth (cough): "there is no immediate health concern" …

    What a stupid game.


    • We Not They Finally

      Some of the brain trust think that the leaders of this world will disguise the mass death by radiation to a possible epidemic of the weaponized bird flu..So dont be surprised if that happens….I can understand the logic. When the boat is sinking the only real concern is save your own selves and let everyone else drown…

  • Lion76 Lion76

    wow guys! why be all doom and gloomy when you can put on a happy face and smile~! amazing!

  • Hey NOAA, What's up with the seals you started testing over a year ago??
    What was the final breakdown of Cesium, Strontium, Plutonium, etc…??

    You remember, the ones with tumors and brain lesions and sores all over??

    • jec jec

      STILL no results from University of Alaska RADIATION analysis of seals with illnesses. John Kelly, a professor emeritus of chemical oceanography at the University of Alaska Fairbanks, is working on the radiation assessment for the unusual mortality event. The university reported no virus or bacteria shown in the ill seals. They tested seals for radiation that did NOT SHOW any illness, radiation was not seen in their tissues.Several articles mention preliminary review of tissues, and its not clear if this included the ill seals. Basically it sounds like they tested the sick seals with lesions, hair loss and more..BUT NO WORD YET IF RADIATION WAS INVOLVED. The report must be available, so contact the U. of Alaska, Dr. Kelly and ask for disclosure.

      And then there is the oldie but goodie Washington Blog: http://www.washingtonsblog.com/2012/03/california-slammed-with-fukushima-radiation.html
      This lists many reports, many found by ENENEWS, and raises the question of WHO is testing post March 28, 2011!

      2011 is almost two years ago, oh great EPA protector (not really) of the public. EPA, Where is your data showing we are SAFE from airborne, waterborne, and food contamination. THAT'S YOUR JOB! If the information is not available, and safe levels are not provided in DATA RESULTS, not in mouth or media flapping-EPA is an excellent place to cut waste and administrator salaries! Produce, dont just write and ignore regulations to provide a pile of dead trees worth of…

  • NoPrevarication NoPrevarication

    What a great definition of obscene! The American government values fish contamination more highly than that of humans. And humans pay to have them do this. I thought I had heard everything until now.

    It isn't that I don't care about wildlife. I do care about humans and the suffering that are and will be undergoing. There is something terribly wrong with the thought processes of those who are "in charge."

  • Cataclysmic Cataclysmic

    Want real news on contamination of sea life? Here is a nice place to start…

    "The numbers show that far from dissipating with time, as government officials and scientists in Canada and elsewhere claimed they would, levels of radiation from Fukushima have stayed stubbornly high in fish. In June 2012, the average contaminated fish catch had 65 becquerels of cesium per kilo. That’s much higher than the average of five Bq/kg found in the days after the accident back in March 2011, before cesium from Fukushima had spread widely through the region’s food chain.

    In some species, radiation levels are actually higher this year than last.

    The highest cesium level in all of the catches came in March—a year after the accident—when a landlocked masu salmon caught in a Japanese river was found to have a whopping 18,700 becquerels of cesium per kilogram—or 187 times Japan’s ceiling."


  • Cataclysmic Cataclysmic

    This is another of interest with regards to Ocean contamination.. the simulations occur positive for the Japanese as most of the contamination flows away from Japan and out into the sea via The Kuroshio flow, lots of info here.

    and here http://sirocco.omp.obs-mip.fr/outils/Symphonie/Produits/Japan/SymphoniePreviJapan.htm

  • FrickingFrack FrickingFrack

    “This was just nature being amazing”

    Anyone else want to punch this guy?

    Yes, the biggest industrial disaster of all time sure was AMAZING! Too bad about all the people and animals that are going to die of cancer; it's a boon to his career! What a fabulous opportunity for him!

  • bwoodfield bwoodfield

    Ya this is amazing, we get to watch the spread of radioactive contamination through the ocean's eco-system. That's so cool. Wow, look how quickly those bottle nose dolphins are dying off from the CS-137 they're ingesting from the contaminated fish. Hey look I have a cyst on my thyroid, isn't that cool. Wow, nature is so amazing.

  • We Not They Finally

    Is this "amazing happy" or "amazing catastrophic"? This guy sounds a bit too gleeful for us….

  • Johnny Blade Johnny Blade

    I just posted this old link worth another look on another relevant thread when I remembered this post was just as fitting. Not for the squeamish or easily traumatized kiddies IMO, but I am curious as to why the analysis from the U of AK hasn't been released or mentioned except for here by a few of us? http://alaska.fws.gov/fisheries/mmm/walrus/pdf/Q&A_June2012.pdf I have a hunch we know in our gut that the tests were positive for radiation, but the actual levels found in the animals must be so high they've allowed me to use my "phrase of the day" at least once in almost every one of my last 5 posts!="DAMNING"!!! 😐 ~**