Radioactive Fish: All 21 samples caught 50+ km from Fukushima plant exceeded maximum cesium level

Published: August 9th, 2011 at 2:03 pm ET


Excessive radioactive cesium found in Fukushima fish: Greenpeace, Kyodo via Mainichi Daily News, August 9, 2011:

Fish caught at a port about 55 kilometers from the crippled Fukushima Daiichi nuclear power plant contained radioactive cesium at levels exceeding an allowable limit, the environmental group Greenpeace said Tuesday.

The samples taken at Onahama port in Iwaki, Fukushima Prefecture, in late July, included a species of rockfish that measured 1,053 becquerels per kilogram. […] The other samples, which were all rock trout, measured between 625 and 749 becquerels per kilogram, again exceeding the provisional limit. […] A total of 21 samples taken in the study were analyzed […]

Greenpeace’s marine research data can be seen here.

Published: August 9th, 2011 at 2:03 pm ET


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16 comments to Radioactive Fish: All 21 samples caught 50+ km from Fukushima plant exceeded maximum cesium level

  • BreadAndButter BreadAndButter

    FINALLY. Thanks Greenpeace. Was about time to open that door….hopefully MSM will follow.

    • farawayfan farawayfan

      The government can simply deny this as unofficial, and then do a measurement on a bunch of fish and release the lowest measurement, or even trickier, mix in fish with lower measurements with higher and get a nice lower average.

      Great thing for the Japanese government, fish swim all around. Bad thing for people who eat fish….

  • sssilviaaa sssilviaaa

    THAT IS THE BIG ISSUE!!!! Imagine if Japan is unable to export and consume own fish and market, human and environmental disaster happens. Well, it is about to happen.

    • theypoisonus

      Busby said weeks ago now, at the end of his presentation in Japan, that he forsaw the Japanese people would have to IMPORT all food and water.

      Nuf said.

  • selfsovereign

    “There is no allowable limit for internal exposure that can conclusively be said not to pose any problems”

    says it all……words to die by

  • BreadAndButter BreadAndButter

    Just saw on German tv a report about greenpeace’s press conference in Japan today. Quite a bunch of people there!

  • NoNukes NoNukes

    Where is Pu 239? He would like to know that someone finally tested fish.

  • arclight arclight

    Greenpeace video of press conference
    part 1
    part 2
    link to article
    Contaminated seafood and government cover-up at Fukushima
    Blogpost by Justin McKeating – August 9, 2011 at 14:12

  • arclight arclight

    a couple of links i came across, off topic except for the last!
    USA to cut social welfare, health, but increase spending on nuclear weapons
    “Some say Social Security and Medicare are under the gun, yet nobody’s talking about the $185 Billion increase to “modernize” America’s Nuclear arsenal and delivery systems…..”

    UK and Japanese govts collude with nuclear industry to minimise Fukushima news
    “[the UK government] invited Westinghouse, Areva and EDF Energy, all pillars of nuclear power production, to contribute to government briefs and statements. “We need to all be working from the same material to get the message through to the media and the public,” ….Such spin and manipulation of information is likely to continue in the coming months as the industry struggles to recover.”
    “Such blurring of the public and private has long been seen as a peculiar feature of Japan’s political and economic architecture, so it might come as a surprise to some to discover that Britain is not immune to similar collusion. The Guardian newspaper (link) reports that officials from the UK government’s Department for Business, Innovation and Skills covertly reached out to British, French and US nuclear companies in the days after the Fukushima crisis erupted. According to the daily, the officials fretted that anti-nuclear activists would “waste no time blurring this all into Chernobyl” and urged close industry-government cooperation. “We need to all be working from the same material to get the message through to the media and the public,” said one.”

    Indigenous peoples cop the uranium pollution by rich corporations
    “The biggest problem of uranium mining is slow and constant emission of radiation which leads people to suffer from cancer, kidney problems, and other respiratory diseases. Future generations would be the worst sufferers,” she said. Due to uranium mining, groundwater level goes down, while water, used for agriculture and drinking, is polluted. With regard to weather, one cannot say as it pollutes the atmosphere like slow poison, she said adding, “People should agitate against uranium mining to safeguard their interests and protect their future generations.”
    #Radioactive Rice to Come? Rice Growing in a Rice Paddy with 35,000 Becquerels/kg of Radioactive Cesium?
    “The transfer factor from the soil to rice is considered to be about 0.1. 35,000 becquerels/kg in soil may result in 3,500 becquerels/kg of harvested rice, 7 times the provisional safety limit which is already far too loose for the staple like rice.
    I’ve found the video clip for this part. It’s the rice paddy in Fukushima City. Fukushima City was OUTSIDE the evacuation zone of any kind, so the soil was apparently never tested by the prefectural government. The reporter asks the question in English, with a Japanese interpreter.”
    And this
    “Japanese people who watched the video or knew about it from Kino’s tweets are thanking ZDF for having shown up and asked questions at the press conference. It’s been a very long time any foreign media showed any interest in these conferences given by TEPCO/government on Fukushima I Nuke Plant and radiation contamination.
    I hope more foreign media (not their Japanese bureaus) will come and ask hard questions.
    35,000 becquerels/kg of cesium in soil would translate into 2,275,000 becquerels/square meter (35,000 x 65), which is way above the forced evacuation criterion in the Chernobyl accident (1,480,000 becquerels/square meter). “

  • shadowfax

    Local coop had cans of sockeye salmon 2 for $5.00 again..
    I stocked up on some more…dated 2015.
    I suggest anyone who likes salmon stock up now before they are canning this years catch.

  • BreadAndButter BreadAndButter

    Morning everyone, does anybody share my thoughts about Japanese food? I’m wondering if they deliberately “started” admitting radiation in foods from beef – then long pause – then fish (Greenpeace’s fault, dammit, they ruined everything), and turning now veeeery gently over to rice, which is a key produce in Japan?
    I mean, if they wanted, they could’ve tested the rice paddies 5 months ago and see that they’ll never grow anything there again (except useless sunflowers for PR).
    It’s so obviously a strategy, and it’s so disregardful, it makes me sick.

    In yesterday’s TV report, they interviewed a farmer who had his produce tested by a local initiative (CRIIRAD stickers on the equipment!). The man testing it said afterwards to the farmer: “When I look at those readings, I think you live in an area that should be evacuated. This is no food, it’s nuclear waste.” Next to the farmer’s house he measured 90 microsievert/h. He lives 80 kilometers from the plant and will give up his home.

  • Caveat Emptor

    “Origin of Food” labels have been changed:

    Mochizuki notes the label to indicate the origin of seafood is listed more broadly as the “Pacific Ocean” rather than the Prefecture as before.

    See the August 9, 2011 Articles, Article One: (Japanese)

    • arclight arclight

      google translation
      Adjacent to the JR Tokyo station, super something. Apparently vegetables, which are marked with the name of all things productive province. However, no Fukushima Prefecture. You grabbed the bag of water with eyes accidentally wiping, and look at the production site back “raw domestic origin name” that says. Now I do not know anything. Below that is the name of the company … Fukushima Prefecture as a manufacturer.

      Meat next corner. Fukushima beef shipments from stopping it, not on store shelves and are, of course, this little “domestic” display only. Hida beef meat brands Toka Toka Satsuma chicken, but there is a majestic view origin. Individual identification number of beef from there, seen when it comes to place of birth. However, chickens and pigs have no clue.

      And that surprised corner of sashimi. Estate bonito tone, along with octopus, etc. Hokkaido “seared bonito Pacific Ocean Estate ‘and’ Pacific Ocean Tuna long Sanbe” What. To feel our first glimpse of this. Asked the person who came to the corner fish stickers discount.

      “Pacific Ocean Estate?’m In there from before, I saw much. I’m not sure where well balanced Koch. Bonito and tuna from the Pacific Ocean to take while moving offshore,” Ms. Pacific Ocean “and Brokerage Once you have the manufacturer, that’s it. The law, I sell is I have decided to exactly the view origin, rather fetching is allowed even about. I’ll funny. It’s not fool Datte contractors, Fukushima if What is taken in the offing, “Ms. Fukushima” does not mean Nantes ”

      This clerk is told here with amazing candor, “Please buy it at me If you care about,” and pointed to the production Choshi bonito.

      Iwaki’s first offshore production Gatsuo Kesennuma
      Later, I asked the shop to another person’s meat, minced meat and meat or assignation, there are many things that combine several of the region, locality is “domestic” and put only the things. However, several major department stores and spin, here is “produced Pacific Ocean” as well as meat, “domestic” almost not see displays. Assignation in the meat, New Zealand cattle, pigs, etc. have been displayed in Kagoshima.
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      Since the nuclear accident, not popular foods of any type Fukushima. Supermarkets and department stores, there is a strange name “origin” view “cheating Shimae selling” and “Leaf’ll let you bought earlier and more precise view” seems to have polarized into school. But, “Pacific Ocean Estate” and “domestic” labeled, either hidden or not hidden radioactive reputation.

      Of course, over which are distributed in supermarkets and department stores, food production even in Fukushima, which cleared the threshold dose under investigation. However, consumers have a sense of distrust in many reference values ​​themselves, because I also examined a small number of samples examined, led them to the shelves cattle cesium contamination.

      Fish, for example. In announcing the July 20, the Fisheries Agency, and has been detected cesium and 6 times the baseline from greenling taken off 久之浜 Iwaki, Fukushima Prefecture, flounder is easy to accumulate radioactive material to live on the ocean floor from the flounder, and below the reference value has been detected for granted some of the cesium.

      Asked Fukushima Prefecture Fisheries Cooperative Association.

      “Right now, fish are not up to the fishing port of Fukushima. Basically not ship out, only exception is the deep-sea purse seine. Pelagic tuna vessels will go to foreigners, originally landed in Fukushima Prefecture no. bonito of the season is now a major purse seine fishing, here include other provinces in the harbor. seine fishing vessels, although certainly well off the coast of Fukushima Prefecture through, skipjack tuna is more significant offshore the take. The problem of radioactive contamination, the port is restored, we believe that the fish came up the waters ”

      That said, in fact, was scheduled to Gatsuo first landed on June 21 at the port is Iwaki Onahama, has landed at the port of Choshi concerned about reputational damage. Also, is the first landed in the port of Kesennuma Gatsuo Miyagi Prefecture, was taken off Iwaki, Fukushima Prefecture. View fish-producing area, from which the catch to the fishing port, they do hit a production bonito Kesennuma, or “Pacific Ocean Estate” is already on the market as a.

      According to the announcement of the Fisheries Agency which, although naturally bonito cesium was detected, the number is still low. However, medium-sized fish from fish contaminated fish, small fish and so advances such a large concentration of Ecology and tuna and bonito, it is rather concerned about the future.

      Vegetables? Meat? Milk?
      For vegetables, the production of evidence that Fukushima has been concealed or hidden radioactive reputation even unintentionally. Living in Fukushima Prefecture, said that Mr. Bosheng Azuma journalist covering the back of the food industry.

      “Vegetables is below the threshold of radiation JA (NACF) is to go through the wholesale market, the broker and direct it apart, in some cases to visit the farmer buys. That brokers Fukushima Prefecture買I叩Ku and cheaper. They have been battered stock cardboard containing the other mark of JA prefecture, when sold into it, first do not know ”

      Similarly, chicken and pork produced in Fukushima Prefecture, but the meat has been shipped, they are originally “domestic” out OK in the view that, if purchased outside the prefecture of Fukushima Prefecture, in the earlier purchase, are raised in Fukushima If more time had elapsed, the matter and production areas, “laundering” it can be.

      First of all, meat, fish and vegetables on every count, at the time of origin labeling requirements no longer processed into canned foods and retort. Incidentally, the shelf life of canned three years since, the expiration date, “April 2014” The earlier, the risk of contamination from radioactive material that is made before the earthquake are not.

      Milk that you mention it on the net to end the talk. Milk, “Hokkaido” unless such claim to be made by mixing the milk of several regions. The journal “Meiji”, “Morinaga Milk Industry Co., Ltd.”, “Snow Brand Megumiruku” The three major, heard that milk produced using Fukushima. As a result, the study confirmed the safety monitoring of the County replied that neither was used.

      Some of the “Meiji Milk tastes great” before and after the earthquake changed the title displayed at the manufacturing location, after the quake were confirmed in the Meiji period is also noted that the location is no longer displayed. As a result, virtually no change to display products made by companies related to the main factory made products are different in the same show, former manufacturing plant in the alphabet is written, the latter is written production location that was the answer. Manufacturing plant is an alphabetic code, which is published at the HP company.

      In short, I headquarters and manufacturing facilities simply have it’s just been changed to show a difference of or affiliated companies who had products in the two versions before and after the earthquake happened, the two products on the Net ordered from the photos, rumors spread quickly. Etc. This is the opportunity of this nuclear accident, said that due to increased human turmoil that occurred in view of the region to worry about.

      Anyway, what is clear is that, pesticide-free, additive-free era is preferred, there no (low) indication that the addition of radioactivity. Strange view of things is buying out the market, the consumer is definitely the most wise choice.

      “Modern Weekly” from the issue of August 13, 2011