Gary Chittim, KING5 News: The announcement of a leak that big, going on for that long, came as quite a surprise to people 4,500 miles away on this side of the Pacific, even the experts.
Walk Dickhoff, NOAA Official: It was a surprise to everybody, we weren’t aware of it.
Chittim: Officials at NOAA’s lab in Seattle have been monitoring the event since it occurred and they’re closely watching testing of fish tissue and water that have shown signs of Fukushima contamination on our coast.
Local Fisherman: […] the tuna — albacore tuna — might be a problem because they do migrate around.
Chittim: He’s right say Federal scientist, but they add so far levels in all fish are extremely low. […] But as information and concern for the leaks continue to grow, the question is how much more can the ocean take? […] Some medical groups are now asking the federal government to do – increase testing of Pacific seafood.
Meg Coyle, KING5 News: Washington state health officials told KING 5 today that developments in Japan have prompted them to resume radiation testing of steelhead and salmon.
See also: Unprecedented: Sockeye salmon at dire historic low on Canada's Pacific coast -- "We think something happened in the ocean" -- "The elders have never seen anything like this at all" -- Alaska and Russia also affected (MAP)
Published: August 23rd, 2013 at 11:53 am ET