KION, Jan. 17, 2014: Kelp is the base of the Ecosystem on the Central Coast. That is why kelp forests are now the focus of research that aims to detect the movement of contaminants from the Fukushima disaster. [...] 33 sties along the California coast will collect 15 pounds of kelp three times this year. Professor [Michael] Graham said there have been some reports of radiation in kelp just north of California near the state of Washington.
Professor Michael Graham, Moss Landing Marine Laboratories and San Jose State (kelp expert), Jan. 17, 2014: “2014 is about the time you would expect to see a signal really arriving strongly in California [...] This will be more useful in understanding the role of these contaminants and probably yes [...] decrease some of the worry that comes on when we have no information.”
See also: California schools announce Fukushima testing: Imperative we monitor for any Fukushima contamination "that will be arriving this year" in ocean -- LA Times claims levels are declining, fails to inform readers of radioactive plume crossing Pacific
Reports after Fukushima’s airborne contamination arrived in March 2011:
- 40,000,000 Bq of iodine-131 in a single bed of kelp off Southern California -- Amount most likely larger
- L.A. Daily News Column: Radioactive kelp is California's "most under-reported story of the spring" -- "It's been somewhat radioactive off-and-on for months"
- TV: Radiation in kelp could create a health concern for S. California seafood lovers -- "The question we all want answered, how dangerous is this to you and me?" (VIDEO)
Published: January 21st, 2014 at 9:39 am ET