Good bet ALL bluefin tuna in Pacific are contaminated — Radiation levels thought to increase over time -Gundersen (VIDEO)

Published: June 19th, 2012 at 12:57 am ET


Fairewinds’ Gundersen on Capitol Forum: Fukushima Daiichi and the Nuclear Picture in the US and Internationally
Capitol Forum w/ Tom Ritter
June 10, 2012

At ~25:00 in

It’s a pretty good bet that the bluefin tuna in the Pacific are all contaminated.

I think contamination is going to increase over time before it goes down.

Download the audio here

Published: June 19th, 2012 at 12:57 am ET


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19 comments to Good bet ALL bluefin tuna in Pacific are contaminated — Radiation levels thought to increase over time -Gundersen (VIDEO)

  • Why only the blue fin tuna?

    Shouldn't all japanese speicies be contaminated…

    Wouldn't that mean the majority of the sardines that washed on shore would be equally (or more likely greater contaminated).

    More likely because the fact that they are not a migrating species, and are typically a coastal species…

    Wouldn't that also mean that being if they are more contaminated, that it was likely the radiation that left the coast of tokyo stained blood red…

    • * The current computer I am using today, does not include the feature which highlights: Poorly typed misspelled words…
      *species lulz… fml

    • Net

      I was thinking the same thing. Also, has anyone tested the fish in Hawaii? What about the ocean waters in Hawaii? Are they safe to swim in? Just curious.

      • getoutwhileyoustillcan

        Personally I'd be concerned about Hawaii. I'd guess that the ocean isn't too bad yet. And I'm just basing that on something I remember reading about how the majority of the Pacific contamination was staying close to Japan. But that was a while ago, and who knows if it was accurate, or what it's like now. And are they getting any of that floating crap? And doesn't it rain a lot in Hawaii? They're much closer than California, and California isn't looking so good. So I'd be more worried about the rain. I think I've had my last pineapple, unless they can grow south of the ITCZ.

  • sadtexan

    Yeah, so long to many foods and fish (today's mourning was over macadamia nuts). I've started to change my diet to omit foods grown in California. I have a sinking feeling such change is just the beginning.

  • Max1 Max1

    What I find startling odd, yet not surprising…

    … Is the cognitive dissonance between what US scientists found, a rise above "normal" levels of Caesium versus what the Japanese are stating, no radiation detected.

    You cannot have BOTH Blue Fin Tuna from the Japan area contaminated with a rise above existing levels and NOT have fish from the Japan area test negative of radiation.

  • mungo mungo

    China: Cadmium in saury grave health risk
    Chinese quarantine authorities have detected the presence of cadmium in saury imported from Japan and are taking steps to ship the fish back to Japan, Chinese media said Sunday.
    Tuesday, June 19, 2012

  • mungo mungo

    The amount of cadmium detected in the fish is above China's safety standards and poses a "grave danger to health," China National Radio said in a report posted online, citing quarantine authorities in eastern China's Shandong Province.

    Quarantine authorities in the Shandong city of Rizhao found the heavy metal when they conducted a sample check of a shipment of 24 tons of saury from Japan on Wednesday, the radio station said.

    The Japanese government should check whether the contamination is linked to radioactive substances released from the crippled Fukushima No. 1 nuclear plant, which suffered three meltdowns, it said.

    • Fall out man!

      There have been so many problems with China's own food supply that it surprises me that they would test Japanese fish for any heavy metals. For example they shipped ingredients for baby food to New Zealand that were contaminated with lead, and they killed untold numbers of their own babies by replacing protein in baby formula with plastic (melamine). I think its more likely they rejected the fish for radioactive cesium contamination and just call it something else so as not to draw attention to the problem of nuclear contamination. China has a nuclear power plant building program of its own under way. The last thing they want is for the public to question the safety of their nuclear power/weapons program. I admit that is highly speculative, but its at least as credible as any news report from China.

  • Heart of the Rose Heart of the Rose

    What was the reason Mr.Gundersen gave for the increase of radiation?

    • Fall out man!

      Hi Heart, Not sure what Arnie had to say about it this time, but earlier news reports linked to by Enenews explained that the Tuna tested in September and found to be contaminated with Cesium had only spent 1 month in Japan after 3/11 before they migrated out of Japan again.

      As I understood it from the news reports, the Pacific Blue Fin Tuna spend 3 months a year holidaying in Japan before coming over to Sunny California for a sojourn there. The logic is that next time they come back from Japan some will have already been there a month the previous year, plus another 3 months for the second year. I don't know how long Tuna live, but within a few years some of these Tuna will presumably be much more contaminated than that original batch tested last September (or there abouts). Presumably the longer the fish swim around Japan, the greater the chance of them becoming yet more seriously contaminated. I also wonder if this might noticably reduce the number of Pacific Blue Fin Tuna. After all, radiation destroys the genome, thus weakening the species. So that is something to watch out for over the next few years.



  • TheBigPicture TheBigPicture

    One nuclear plant takes out the pacific ocean. What kind of technology is that? ..And why is it being forced in us?

  • scintillator

    I had hoped to one day sail around the world. I have been planning it for several years. The longest single passage would have been from Panama down to the Marquesas in the S. Pacific. Roughly 30-40 days at sea under sail.

    I am now quickly coming to the realization that this may never end up happening, or if it does, it will be sans Pacific seafood.

  • coouurt

    hey all, does anyone know of a forum/website where we can list food we know is NOT okay to eat anymore (preferably with sources)? The task is a bit overwhelming on your own but nonetheless important.
    Specifically, are there any types of tuna that are strictly from the Atlantic?