L.A. Times: “Ongoing fish famine” along US West Coast — “Dearth of food across ocean” — Severe fishery implosion — Supply has been low since 2011 — Gov’t Expert: “Looks very grim… It is hard to watch”

Published: February 29th, 2016 at 9:58 am ET


L.A. Times, Feb 25, 2016 (emphasis added): Fewer sea lions have been stranded this year, but that’s a bad sign, scientists say… it’s a sign that the sea lion population is dwindling rather than recovering. An ongoing fish famine is preventing mothers from producing enough milk, resulting in smaller and less hardy pups. As of Monday, there had been 375 sea lion strandings so far in 2016… about 160 sea lions are found stranded during the first two months of a typical year… [L]ess available prey are hurting newly born sea lions the most, potentially slowing down the species’ population growth, scientists say. “It’s going to decline,” said Sharon Melin, wildlife biologist at the NOAA Alaska Fisheries Science Center… During NOAA’s survey of the sea lion breeding grounds, Melin said, researchers saw more dead pups than usual. The increased mortality could cause fewer pups to become stranded because they’re dying before they can leave the islands, she said. The exact number of dead pups is not known… The pups… should have gained about 20 pounds in the last six months, Melin said, but they haven’t grown at all. “It still looks very grim this year,” Melin said…

S.D. Union Tribune, Feb. 24, 2016: Record sea lion strandings are tapering off; Scientists say the trend may indicate dwindling population, not a recovery… SeaWorld San Diego typically rescues 200 marine mammals in any given year. Already this year, there are 147 sea lions in SeaWorld’s care, according to David Koontz, theme park spokesman… The low birth weight suggests that there isn’t adequate prey… “It’s a clear sign that there is a mismatch between supply and demand,” said Nate Manuta, a NOAA climate scientist… The dearth of food across the ocean isn’t harming the adult sea lions as much as the pups… Melin said more pups are leaving their mothers before they are ready, likely because of hunger…  Because food supplies have been low for five years, the habits of the species have to adjust. “We are seeing adaptation,” Melin said, “even though it is hard to watch.”

Seattle Times, Feb 27, 2016: Sardines off the West Coast have continued on a steep decline, with populations this summer forecast to be down 93 percent from a 2007 peak, according to a draft assessment from the National Marine Fisheries Service… Last year, the sardine implosion was so severe that the Pacific Fishery Management Council voted to call off the season that was scheduled to start in July for West Coast fleets… The stocks of sardines aged one year or older are forecast to be 64,422 metric tons, about a third lower than the 2015 assessment… Albert Carter, of Ocean Gold Seafood… who serves on a Pacific Fishery Management Council advisory committee, said… if populations have continued to decline, he does not expect a 2016 season.

See also: Officials: "Historic crisis" along US West Coast... "We’re facing a fishery disaster"... "Very never-seen-before things"... Should be exclamation alarm to public -- Extinction threat for salmon runs; Loss of sardines, squid, sea urchins, kelp; Massive sea star deaths; Marine mammal strandings... more

Published: February 29th, 2016 at 9:58 am ET


236 comments to L.A. Times: “Ongoing fish famine” along US West Coast — “Dearth of food across ocean” — Severe fishery implosion — Supply has been low since 2011 — Gov’t Expert: “Looks very grim… It is hard to watch”

  • rogerthat


    On Forgetting Fukushima
    Robert Jacobs

    March 1, 2016
    Volume 14 | Issue 5 | Number 1

    This month the media and social networks are busy remembering Fukushima on the fifth anniversary of the earthquake, tsunami and nuclear meltdown, but what we are really observing is the beginning of the work of forgetting Fukushima.

    Fukushima is taking its place alongside the many forgotten nuclear disasters of the last 70 years.

    Like Mayak and Santa Susana, soon all that will be left of the Fukushima nuclear disaster are the radionuclides that will cycle through the ecosystem for millennia. In that sense we are internalizing Fukushima into our body unconsciousness.

    Forgetting begins with lies.

    In Fukushima the lies began with TEPCO (the owner of the power plants) denying that there were any meltdowns when they knew there were three.

    They knew they had at least one full meltdown by the end of the first day, less than 12 hours after the site was struck by a powerful earthquake knocking out the electrical power.

    TEPCO continued to tell this lie for three months, even after hundreds of thousands of people had been forced to or voluntarily evacuated.

    Just last week TEPCO admitted that it was aware of the meltdowns much earlier, or to put it bluntly, it continued to hide the fact that it had been lying for five years (I've written about the dynamic behind this here). …

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    • rogerthat

      The government of Japan had such weak regulation of the nuclear industry that it was completely reliant on TEPCO for all information about the state of the plants and the risks to the public.

      It was reduced to being an echo chamber for the denials coming from a company that was lying.

      The people living near the plants, and downwind as the plumes from explosions in three plants carried radionuclides high into the air and deposited large amounts of radiation far beyond the evacuation zones, had to make life and death decisions as they were being lied to and manipulated.

      Lying about nuclear issues is not unique to Japan or Fukushima. It began with the first use of nuclear weapons against human beings, in Hiroshima and Nagasaki.

      When announcing the first attack President Harry Truman referred to Hiroshima as a "military base," and said it was chosen specifically to avoid civilian casualties.

      Hiroshima was a naval base (in a country whose navy was already destroyed), but the truth is that the city was chosen to demonstrate vividly the power of the super weapon and the bomb was aimed at the city center, the area most densely populated with civilians.

      After the war the US claimed that these attacks, in which over 100,000 people were killed instantly, actually saved lives.

      The most powerful legacy of Chernobyl, besides its long-lived radiation, is the widespread use …

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      • rogerthat

        of the word "radiophobia" by nuclear industry apologists to describe the public response to large releases of radiation: fear.

        Look for this word and sentiment in the many articles being published this month about Fukushima.

        When you see it, or read the claim that more people were harmed at Fukushima by their own irrational fears than by radiation, you are seeing the work of forgetting turn its cruel wheels.

        Behind those wheels are the shattered lives and emotional wellbeing of hundreds of thousands of people whose communities were destroyed, and whose families were ripped apart by the Fukushima disaster.

        People whose anxieties will rise every time they or their children run a high fever, or suffer a nosebleed or test positively for cancer.

        People whose suffering-at no fault of their own-is becoming invisible.

        Soon when we talk about Fukushima we will reduce the human impact to a quibbling over numbers: how many cases of thyroid cancer, how many confirmed illnesses.

        Lost-hidden-forgotten will be the hundreds of thousands of people forced to flee their homes, in many cases permanently, and try to rebuild their shattered lives.

        Public relations professionals and industry scientists will say that these people did this to themselves (see here, and here). And the curtain will draw ever downward as we forget them.

        This is the tradition of nuclear forgetting.

        The production sites of the Manhattan Project are being transformed …

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        • rogerthat

          into Disney theme parks of American exceptionalism; their local legacies of cancer and contamination becoming footnotes without citation sources lost amidst the museum exhibits and commemorations hailing the greatness of American science and engineering.

          The actual goal, and accomplishment, of destroying two cities and the hundreds of thousands of people living in them, barely receives brief mention at the end of the celebration: confirmation of the successful application of American power and justice that the victims brought upon themselves.

          In America we honor the memory of the architects of this mass murder, and we forget the victims.

          Some of the difficulty in remembering those affected by nuclear disasters is systemic, and some is strategic.

          Radiation is difficult to understand. Exposure to radiation embodies what Rob Nixon describes as slow violence, "formless threats whose fatal repercussions are dispersed across space and time."1

          The slow impact of the catastrophe of nuclear disaster dislocates it from the disaster itself. The news cameras of the world were focused on the Fukushima Daiichi plants while they were exploding, but as the fallout of those plumes settled to earth, other catastrophic events drew our collective gaze elsewhere.

          Most health effects from exposure to radiation unfold over years and blend into the low moan of tragedies that afflict people in their personal lives, uncoupling from the events that caused them …

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          • rogerthat

            by our perception of the passage of time.

            This dynamic has been useful to those promoting nuclear power, and discounting the health impacts of exposures to radiation since the advent of nuclear technologies (see here).

            Many of the cancers that progress out of these exposures result from the internalizing of radiological elements and then surface as ingestion cancers, such as thyroid cancer whose causation cannot be directly demonstrated on a case-by-case basis.

            When numbers spike, as in the case of thyroid cancers, some scientists claim that this is merely the result of more intensive screening.

            This manipulation of ambiguity is the bread and butter of the denial of the health effects of widely distributed radioactive particles, such as the situation facing people living downwind from the Fukushima plants.

            In addition to thyroid cancer, ingestion cancers that are caused by internalized particles tend to appear as lung cancer, bowel cancer, stomach cancer, throat cancer and cancers of other parts of the body that process what we swallow and inhale.

            These cancers are common and have multiple origins, allowing nuclear apologists to obfuscate the role that radiation may have played. This is strategic forgetting. …

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            • rogerthat

              We have to do more than remember Fukushima, we have to learn how to remember Fukushima.

              To do this we must learn to see the impacts of radiation exposures before they become vaguely visible as cancers nestled in health population statistics (for example at Chernobyl and Hanford).

              Already higher than normal rates of thyroid cancer have been detected in children living in the plumes of the Fukushima explosions.

              But before we are reduced to arguing about numbers of attributable cancers (as at Chernobyl), we need to learn to see the larger and subtler manifestations of radiation disasters in the human community.

              Meanwhile, the psychological and emotional legacies of radiation exposures can be as devastating as some of the physiological impacts.

              Multi-generational families that are split into separate "temporary" accommodations, children that are taught they must avoid contact with nature, marriages dissolved by the conflicting financial requirements for one parent to keep a job while another takes the children away from radiological hazards, and lifelong anxiety over each illness because of uncertainty over one's exposure all disrupt families, communities and individuals.

              Hundreds of thousands of lives have been disrupted by the Fukushima disaster, leaving people who must pick up the pieces and carry on by themselves. …

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        • HillbillyHoundDog HillbillyHoundDog

          "…more people were harmed at Fukushima by their own irrational fears than by radiation…"

          This is an admission of guilt, by the nuclear industry. They admit that they have caused emotional harm from relocation, stress and evacuations…They admit they have caused people to fear for their lives, so much so, that it merits study and conclusion. The effects are very far reaching, indeed. Incalculable! Let them eat cake!

          Then…we have the radiation, isotopes, geographics and the "taking" illegally, of millions of species, animals and humans…

          Physical and emotional harm resulting in significant mortality and suffering, as a result of willful negligence stemming from greed. And then blaming the victims self-inflicting emotional state and "warming"? Typical nuke behaviors…"Cut corners, risk life, charge the consumer for the resulting fallout."

          Lather, rinse, repeat.

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    • oldster

      Roger, I appreciate your work very much, and this piece (On Forgetting Fukushima) has the superficial appearance of doing justice to the topic. But a closer look at it reveals many questionable statements, and serious defects, including some scurrilous ones.

      Questionable is the first sentence of the first paragraph repeating the official narrative (earthquake, tsunami, meltdowns) but in fact there are many unanswered and censored aspects to that chain of events that would have to be addressed or at least referred to if one was attempting an integrity based exposition.

      The second sentence refers to this fifth anniversary as the beginning of forgetting Fukushima, but in fact there has been a massive near global cover-up of Fukushima since the very beginning of the event.

      The statement is then made that the lies began with TEPCO denying the melt downs, but the lies actually began immediately by way of censoring or denying what was happening: I think it was George Orwell who offered that the biggest lie of all is when critical information is hidden.

      Later in the piece we have: " Meanwhile, the psychological and emotional legacies of radiation exposures can be as devastating as some of the physiological impacts."

      This is pure crap: Tell that to the massive carnage against insects, trees, birds, and animals, and the deformed children affected by Chernobyl; tell that to the entire areas in Byelorussia and Ukraine where it's hard to find a thrivingly healthy…

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    • jo

      TEPCO execs nailed:
      Took 'em 5 years. Our criminal nukers won't even be arrested.

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  • rogerthat

    There is good reason to fixate on the clusterf*#k that is the remediation of the Fukushima site, and to track the ceaseless entry of radionuclides into the ocean that will continue for decades, the still lethal melted nuclear cores of the plants that will need to be removed and contained (a process that will take numerous decades) and the flow of radiation into the sea will continue to effect the local ecosystem and the food chain in the Pacific Ocean.

    However, we should not allow our gaze to remain fixed on the nuclear plants, we must learn to see the deep wounds to society that are left to heal in darkness.

    We must learn to bring the whole of the population and ecosystem that suffer from radiological disasters into the light of our awareness and concerns.

    We must grieve for all that has been lost and we must hold government and the TEPCO Corporation responsible for assisting those whose lives have been shattered.

    We can demand corporate and governmental compensation and medical monitoring for those whose health and wellbeing have been compromised, for those displaced from their homes by radiation, and for those who have lost their livelihood because of the contamination and loss of public faith in the food they grow or fish they catch.

    We can remember all of those who have been affected.

    And we can learn how to understand the long, slow violence that follows behind the compelling first week of the nuclear disasters yet to come. …

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    • Sol Man

      Yes, but we can not again demand life itself once the scales have been tipped against it; it is no longer. Methinks that we have been hurtling to that point for some time now, perhaps since mankind started fooling with fission.

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  • rogerthat

    Recommended citation: Robert Jacobs, "On Forgetting Fukushima", The Asia-Pacific Journal, Vol. 14, Issue 5, No. 1, March 1, 2016.

    Rob Nixon, "Slow Violence, Gender and the Environmentalism of the Poor," Journal of Commonwealth and Postcolonial Studies, Vols. 13:2-14:1 (2006-7): 14.
    - See more at: http://apjjf.org/2016/05/Jacobs.html#sthash.gSkKkco2.dpuf

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  • Heart of the Rose Heart of the Rose

    Good day ..Enenews.
    I have a bad cold, and my brain too fuzzy to be of use around here.

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  • :|

    The words of President John F. Kennedy
    July 26, 1963 upon signing the ban on above ground nuclear tests

    “Even then, the number of children and grandchildren with cancer in their bones, with leukemia in their blood, or with poison in their lungs might seem statistically small to some, in comparison with natural health hazards. But this is not a natural health hazard and it is not a statistical issue. The loss of even one human life, or the malformation of even one baby who may be born long after we are gone, should be of concern to us all. Our children and grandchildren are not merely statistics toward which we can be indifferent.”

    “Nor does this affect the nuclear powers alone. These tests befoul the air of ALL men and ALL nations, the committed and the uncommitted alike, without their knowledge and WITHOUT their CONSENT. That is why the continuation of atmospheric testing causes so many countries to regard ALL NUCLEAR powers as equally EVIL; and we can hope that its prevention will enable those countries to see the world more clearly, while enabling all the world to breathe more easily.”


    Fukushima – NEVER FORGET! (30 seconds)

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    • :|

      I wanted to highlight this part.

      "Our children and grandchildren are not merely statistics…"
      - JFK

      [Nuclear/Radioactive Contamination]
      "…this is not a natural health hazard and it is not a statistical issue. The loss of even one human life, or the malformation of even one baby who may be born long after we are gone, should be of concern to us all."
      - JFK

      This is what I say to those who attempt to compare stats of any kind.
      Then, I tell them who said it.

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  • Nick

    " New research now suggests that the radiation released by the nuclear disaster may have lingering effects on fish—but that the risk posed to human beings from consumption, thanks in part to strong regulation, is minimal.

    The study, published in the journal PNAS, shows that freshwater fish and ocean bottom dwellers near Fukushima have a higher risk of contamination with the radioactive chemical cesium than most other types of ocean fish in the same area. That risk diminishes the further away the fish are from the city’s nuclear facilities."


    Just cesium?

    It is articles like this that adds to the general media-pablum fed to the masses.

    Time can do better.

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  • Sol Man

    We must remember that the purpose of the msm is to deceive.

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  • Many "critters" on the low end of the food chain rely upon "chitin" an amazing organic chain molecule with structural properties, optical properties, and even the ability to function as a sensory device for various electro-magnetic energies.

    But what is most interesting to me, is that chitin is a particularly effective bio-concentrator for man made radiation and heavy metals.

    Chitin is particularly strong with its chemical bonds, most acids cannot destroy chitin. But radiation is also VERY good at destroying the chitin bonds, thus destroying the chitin.

    So radiation is destroying the basis of the ocean food chain.

    Curiously enough, bees and butterflies also use chitin in their structures and functional features. Damage to chitin exoskeletons makes it easier for parasites to get in, and that is a main cause of bee deaths.

    The scientific backup for all this is here:

    CodeShutdown and myself are the discoverers / developers of the hypothesis.


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    • theworldisalie theworldisalie

      Amazing Work Stock and Code, it makes perfect sense. I have been wondering about the Bee's for years. They keep dying off dude to infestations of molds, fungus, mites, etc.

      I thought it was due to pesticides but I believe it is a combination of the chemicals weakening their immune systems along with the chitin weakening their exoskeletons and their wing development etc.

      As for all of the shellfish and crustaceans, woah boy… it's no damn wonder everything has collapsed and it's not going to come back.

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  • 3.8 EQ in Utah,

    Did some big research last night on "the big one" to hit California or higher. The CO cloud is a scary predecessor, it now wee have that massive CO cloud via satelite. Check it out here.



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  • Jebus Jebus

    The Clintons and the DNC are criminals…

    VIDEO: Bill Clinton campaigns outside polling location — in violation of state law?


    Many Massachusetts voters are crying foul on Super Tuesday as they say they were blocked from voting for hours due to security for an appearance by former president Bill Clinton, campaigning for his wife Hillary Clinton. A video of voters waiting for Super Tuesday polls to open began circulating this morning, and as of 5 p.m. ET, a representative of the office of William Francis Galvin, Secretary of the Commonwealth of Massachusetts, confirmed complaints that the New Bedford polls had been blocked, but would not say for how long voters were turned away.


    According to person who took video:

    This is so corrupt!! Mayor of New Bedford, MA campaigning for Hillary and blocking this voting poll!!! No one has come here to vote in the 2 hours I've been here by the door!!


    Bill Clinton Visits Buttonwood Park In New Bedford, MA


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