TV: Bluefin tuna picking up more and more cesium — Contamination “will go on for 300 to 600 years” (VIDEO)

Published: June 22nd, 2012 at 5:10 am ET


Trouble brewing at the San Onofre nuclear power plant in CA
The Big Picture
Jun 20, 2012

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Paul Gunter, Beyond Nuclear: …Migrating bliefin tuna that spawn off the coast of Japan and feed off the coast of California, where they’re also part of a commercial fishing operation, each time they go back and forth across [the ocean] they pick up more and more cesium-137 and this will go on for 300 to 600 years.

Published: June 22nd, 2012 at 5:10 am ET


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23 comments to TV: Bluefin tuna picking up more and more cesium — Contamination “will go on for 300 to 600 years” (VIDEO)

  • "NRC: More power. Less Oversight"

    That's one hell of a succinct statement.

  • BeniJax

    So can we eat any seafood from the Pacific right now? And how long until we can't eat seafood from the Atlantic or Indian Oceans?

  • TheBigPicture TheBigPicture

    The ocean is wrecked because of a single nuclear plant accident. And all this while we have safe alternatives.

    • Max1 Max1

      Imagine: A society that thinks nothing of weighing people's lives in the balance of a few extra dollars in their pockets…
      … Welcome to the 21st Century. 🙂

      • Sharp2197 Sharp2197

        This is not a 21 century phenomenon, early 20 century factory workers, 19 century miners, 18 century slavery, even the Romans exploited their people for money and power.

        • PoorDaddy PoorDaddy

          I'm starting to think that rampant Greed should be a capital offense. Might be our only chance at survival as a species.

  • Max1 Max1

    Very few people get what the potential of 'long term effects' means in regards of generational bounds. Sad, really.

    The environment I create directly for my children and family or, on a greater scale, what societies do to their environments as a whole has a correlation with future outcomes of the progeny of that society or, more directly, my grandchildren's children.

    Greed is a killer alright…

  • Bluefin tuna picking up more and more cesium — Contamination “will go on for 300 to 600 years”

    Not so. They will be extinct before that.

  • Heart of the Rose Heart of the Rose

    The bonnie blue Pacific…ruined.

  • AGreenRoad AGreenRoad

    Fukushima; Pacific Ocean Catastrophe Confirmed; via A Green Road

    Fukushima Leaking Radioactive Water Plume Into Ocean; via A Green Road

  • AGreenRoad AGreenRoad

    The radiation from FUKU continues to pour into the ocean. It has NOT stopped.

    Plus all of the fuel rod fragments blown 2 miles out of #3 into the ocean are laying there radiating all water going by.

    Fishermen can look forward to a million years of radiated ocean, maybe longer, unless some solution is found.

    • many moons

      Sadly I think Japan has developed the first long term storage facility for radioactive waste….The Pacific Ocean

    • many moons

      I was wondering, if the sea spray can contain radiation and be harmful, won't that eliminate boats traveling across the pacific, now that might really be a problem…how will industry ship it's good made in china????

  • many moons

    Oh well, so eating tuna is out for a couple hundred years, at least all the other kinds of fish, sea bass, salmon, grouper, snapper and all the rest are OK to eat.
    I'm wondering why Tuna are the on
    ly fish being reported on here….I did read something about their particular migration habits but frankly…I don't think that's the issue…

    • mungo mungo

      tuna from the atlantic ocean is probably alright, just a question of reading the packaging to get the origins?

      • Toadmac

        I am willing to bet that if it's ok now, the future wont be so kind.Some of New Zealands sea birds visit that part of the world and there health wasnt so good when they returned! I think we are looking at the early stages of things to come?
        Was there any verdict on the seals and polar bears? How about those sardines, they must know something…….. Nah, they would rather sun bake on the beach's than tell us anything!

  • NoNukes NoNukes

    It is not just the tuna:

    Japanese Seaweed Radiation Doubles

    • Everything exposed and everything that's eaten the exposed has bioaccumulated Cesium all along the food chain. It's not going to get better in our lifetime until there is 'new technology' to effectively decontaminate or at least contain radioactivity/corium/waste.

  • TheBigPicture TheBigPicture

    I used to love sea food, but now just have fond memories of it.

    • many moons

      I can't understand how even an industry is willing to give up so much, eating seafood, walking along the beach, fishing, boating, their health in general…for something that can't buy any of that…and the rest of us aren't any richer for all we have lost…
      Nuclear anything is a no brainer…..not a good idea!

  • Heart of the Rose Heart of the Rose

    Nearly 400 now sick from tainted tuna in sushi
    Perhaps we need a tuna watch thread.

  • lrpingel

    Two unstable isotopes of Caesium (Cesium), 134 Cs and 137 Cs, were found in Blue Fin Tuna. 134 has a half life of about 2 years, 137 about 20 years. The presence of 134 proves recent contamination, ie Fukushima, as it was undetectable previously. However in 10 years 134 will be 1/32 th the original amount. It should be almost undetectable again. Which is good as 134 Cs is more dangerous because it is 10 times more active than the same amount of 137. It will take 137 Cs 100 years to be reduced by the same amount. But it will be reduced. Short term is an obvious problem, but in 100 years it will be far less of a problem.