National Geopraphic: Fears are mounting that Fukushima radiation could lead to dangerous contamination levels in seafood from Pacific — At least for now fish are not glowing so ‘eat up’!

Published: September 12th, 2013 at 2:26 pm ET


Title: Fukushima Fallout Not Affecting U.S.-Caught Fish
Source: National Geographic (Center for American Progress)
Author: Michael Conathon, CAP Director of Ocean Policy
Date: Sept. 11, 2013

The new revelations about the amount of [radioactive] water leaking from the [Fukushima] plant have caused a stir in the international community and led to additional scrutiny of Pacific Ocean seafood. […]

Now, fears are mounting that the radiation could lead to dangerous contamination levels in seafood from more of the Pacific Basin. […]

[Ken Buesseler, Woods Hole Oceanographic Institute:] Mike- I like [your] line
Let’s be clear: leaked radiation is bad. This is a problem that needs urgent, international attention. But at least for now, I’m happy to reassure Joe Romm and all the parents of Facebook: your fish are not glowing with Fukushima radiation. Eat up!

It goes without saying that we should monitor our seafood and water quality with extreme care. […]

[Buesseler:] By the time tuna are caught in the eastern Pacific, cesium levels in their flesh are 10-20 times lower than when they were off Fukushima. […]

An area of greater concern to Buesseler is the increasing quantity of strontium-90 detected in the waters near Fukushima. […]

More to come from ENENews about this report, including a deeper look at some of the claims made by the author, a former legislative assistant to a Republican senator.

Published: September 12th, 2013 at 2:26 pm ET


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43 comments to National Geopraphic: Fears are mounting that Fukushima radiation could lead to dangerous contamination levels in seafood from Pacific — At least for now fish are not glowing so ‘eat up’!

  • Max1 Max1

    Hemlock in small doses is not a threat to your life?

    • We Not They Finally

      To make it specially delicious dip your fish in a cyanide batter just to make sure…If you know that the fish from the ocean and sea weed and all the rest of it is radioactive why intentionally cut your throat.

      • weeman

        You all missed the main line, ken and mike agree on one thing, "but at least for now", that is a admission as time passes and leak continues, levels will rise to unknown levels and we must continue to vigorously monitor and more research must be financed.

  • razzz razzz

    Kenny is a real piece of work, playing both sides of the fence. Eventually even he will have to come to a conclusion that limits a diet for seafood intake from the Pacific Ocean due to the food chain concentrating all the radioactive fallout.

    Something like, seafood is safe as long as you don't consume more than so many ounces of such and such a year. In the meantime cancer rates continue to rise.

  • norbu norbu

    Max1 Lets ask Socrates about Hemlock. To NG, you ought not tell people to eat-up fish from pacific unless you know it's safe! It's not safe!

  • Here's a good one: blame a molasses spill for the massive marine life devastation off the coast of Honolulu. di

    • norbu norbu

      Yes robotopossom,but this belongs in off topic where I posted it this morning.

      • hbjon hbjon

        Wait a second. The topic is all about radiation levels in seafood of the Pacific Ocean. And the devastating fish kill off the coast of Honolulu is the Pacific Ocean. Their trying to say it was caused by molasses and not radiation. I respect your opinion norbu, but in this case I believe robotopossom has posted it in an appropriate thread. Thank you robotopossom. We all know how these types of topics have a confidential nature about them, but we must be strong and face the reality.

    • norbu norbu

      robotopossom, thank you for the post. Have a nice day.

  • davidh7426 davidh7426

    In Italy, six seismologists are facing six years in prison because their predictions ended up costing lives.

    Just how many of the nuclear industries 'pet' scientists would be willing to 'toe' the party-line, if it meant facing time for multiple manslaughter charges, especially as they're likely to be federal charges.

  • Lacsap Lacsap

    "But at least for now, I’m happy to reassure Joe Romm and all the parents of Facebook: your fish are not glowing with Fukushima radiation. Eat up!"

    The moron doesn't know that radiation particles like cesium, Plutonium etc do not glow by itself, to glow you need to stimulate it by adding fluors or scintilators.

    • We Not They Finally

      Buesseler is hardly "a moron." He surely does know better. People just need to be educated enough not to believe him. Was always suspicious of him, but now that he is suggesting that people deliberately endanger their families, it's over the line.

  • jec jec

    Like the idea of following the Italy model; we all are or should be responsible for our 'predictions'. SO, for scientists offering assurance without data back up, NOT from modeling images either, then the manslaughter charge model of Italy should be applied.

  • This guy Ken Buesseler, Woods Hole Oceanographic Institute, is getting funding and paycheck cut by Someone, for him to cruise around the Pacific collecting samples. You can bet he won't want to be too controversial.
    Still he admits to problem of Strontium. Bio-accumulation is the big wild card here as we have an unprecidented radio active leak for years to come it seems. Who knows what species go where and get eaten by what other species that moves East to American western shores. And how is it dispersed? Not always evenly.

  • TheBigPicture TheBigPicture

    Here's something that Gundersen said a ways back . . .

    "I am thinking by 2013 we might see contamination of the water and of the top of the food chain fishes on the West Coast."

  • obewanspeaks obewanspeaks

    They have recently found strontium-90 in the flesh of fish right here in the US waterways and near Nuclear Power Plant discharges. This strontium-90 was not only in the bones, which you do not eat, but in the flesh too that you chow down and this is a sign of the current bioaccumulation process.

    The fish bones are already full/overloaded with strontium-90!

    This bioaccumulation process strontium-90 overload effecting the flesh will vary dependent on species exposed and then move quickly worldwide now…

    Plenty of Radioactive "Hot Fish Flesh" will now be consumed world wide..

  • rockyourworld

    at least you wont have to cook it lol

  • isogoodhumans

    I had an email exchange with Ken from WHRC. I asked for a definition of 'domestic caught fish'. He said US waters. I accused him of implying 'domestic caught fish' carry passports.

    Aside from that, he is not backing up his statements with any test data. These people are paid shill for the governemnt/nuke industry.

    "The most miserable people on the planet these days are those digging in their heels trying to protect the status quo."-isogoodhumans

  • Mack Mack

    " Curious how much radioactivity is present in both freshwater and saltwater fish varieties in Japan? "

    See this chart:

  • unincredulous unincredulous

    Eat up until the fish are glowing. Wow, such practical advice. Turn the lights out, when you get your plate of seafood at a restaurant. " …oh, and waiter, please turn the lights out when you serve our fish. There is an extra five bucks for your service…"

  • ftlt

    Nat Geo over the last 20 years has become a reactionary source of news and ideas…

    Watch their TV channel for proof of that..

    They have stood by an allowed nature to be destroyed at an increasing rate while they produce travelogues at a rate of 10 to one over real truthful geographic journalism..

    The are the Reuters of natural world publications…

    Sure, they pop a critical expose every now and then but they go nowhere with them…

    They avoid war and exploitation – human and environment – as well by and large…

    The happy naked brown villager is still their model motif…

  • We Not They Finally

    Ken Buesseler's outfit, Woods Hole, is independent "sort of." Funders include National Science Foundation, Office of Naval Research, NOAA. Not exactly "independent." Been watching him for the start. He really is a "both sides of the fence" kind of guy.

    People sometimes have the illusion themselves that they are "independent," but then it turns out that they look at this but not that, and the like.

    But if he cannot stop fence-sitting in the face of the new onslaught of radioactive death, think I'll have to put him in the "bad guy" column.

    He did speak at Helen Caldicott's symposium in NY this past March. He just didn't SAY that much of anything. If you want to see alarm bells going off like Christmas tree lights, this is definitely NOT your guy. But that's looking more and more suspicious.

    • We Not They Finally

      P.S. Telling people to "eat up" the fish, even West Coast, is wildly irresponsible at best. So come to think of it, I think I'll put him in "the bad guy" column right about NOW.

      • NoPrevarication NoPrevarication

        @We Not They Finally

        I consider that remark pure disinformation and therefore it is treasonous. Those who deceive the public don't even think of themselves that way.

    • Cataclysmic Cataclysmic

      Don't forget Chevron and Raytheon and others.. the board of Woods Hole are big Bank Wall Street Ivy League guys too.. Would not think they are independent for a second and according to the tax returns spent roughly 6 mill on salaries and benefits for 65 people.. Independent? No way.

  • We Not They Finally

    It's especially odious that Buesseler is citing West Coast tuna. That was specifically tested for uneatable quantities of cesium back in the summer of 2012.

  • We Not They Finally

    There are always people out there that are planted for misdirection, or mitigation if it gets too bad. Not to be suspicious of EVERYONE. Of course not. Just watch what people DO.

    Linda Moulton Howe is another "piece o' work." Science advisor for George Noory on Coast to Coast AM. The New Agers love the guy and I'm sure that she shares the shine. And she SEEMS to fit right in. She's often a featured speaker at the Conscious Life Expo in L.A. We were there by chance in February, 2012, and when someone asked a general question about HAARP, she pipes up brusquely, "Oh, they discontinued that three years ago." (Oh, yeah, of course they did….)

    Then she shows up on one of Hatrick Penry's transcripts as in on the early discussions amongst the feds about Fukushima.

    Me, I'd put her in the "treacherous" column. But there she still is: "trusted."

  • We Not They Finally

    We salute all the so called right wing lunatics in the world who have opened the door to hell for all of us and all of them….Surely when we finally ruin this earth completely that may well be the new home…You cant say it wont be warm enough…

  • RichardPerry

    Making the statement fish are OK to eat, is this an assumption and if not give us the testing data. For someone in his possession stating this and later found out to be a lie made with out tests leaves him open for law suits or man slaughter. The testing of oceans has to be done, water samples at several levels from bottom to top over a large grid pattern(ocean has many current streams), fish and other life forms checked in same patterns. Life forms may be eating radioactive trash from the tsunami so stomach contents must be checked. The ocean garbage patches may have collected a great deal of radioactive rain fall. If this has not been done how can anyone state that fish are safe to eat.
    These fish eat smaller fish that eat smaller life and small sea plants that float in radioactive water absorbing it.

  • Slingerss Slingerss

    Thanks for the reassurance that the fish from the Pacific Ocean is safe to eat! I'm pretty sure I believe you (wink, wink). It has to be safe, because that is what Japan and Tepco are promoting, I'm sure I believe EVERYTHING they say.

    Off to munch on my home grown lettuce, tomatoes and cucumbers from my vertical planters!