Reuters, Apr. 29, 2014: A sample of albacore tuna caught off the shores of Oregon and Washington state have small levels of radioactivity from the 2011 Fukushima nuclear disaster in Japan, researchers said on Tuesday. [...]
USA Today, Apr. 28, 2014: Radiation in some albacore tuna caught off the Oregon coast tripled [...] The study is the first to look at different parts of the fish. [...] exposure to the plume could further increase radiation levels in the albacore [-- it's] expected to reach the West Coast this month. Federal agencies aren’t testing for it, but the Oregon Health Authority tests quarterly samples of seawater [...] No Oregon agency does radiation testing on seafood [...]
Oregon St. University, Apr. 28, 2014: The researchers tested [...] loins, carcass and guts and found varying levels [...] this is one of the first studies to look at different parts of the fish. “The loins, or muscle, is what people eat and the bioaccumulation was about the same there as in the carcass,” said Jason Phillips, a research associate [...] study was supported by [OSU & NOAA]
Environmental Science and Technology, Apr. 24, 2014: 26 Pacific albacore caught off the Pacific Northwest U.S. coast between 2008 and 2012 were analyzed for 137Cs and Fukushima-attributed 134Cs. Both 2011 (2 of 2) and several 2012 (10 of 17) edible tissue samples exhibited increased activity concentrations of 137Cs (234–824 mBq/kg of wet weight) and 134Cs (18.2–356 mBq/kg of wet weight).
RT, Apr. 29, 2014: “A year of eating albacore with these cesium traces is about the same dose of radiation as you get from spending 23 seconds in a stuffy basement from radon gas,” the study’s lead author, Delvan Neville said to Oregon’s Statesman Journal. Still, Neville added that the discovery of any amount of radiation is significant. “You can’t say there is absolutely zero risk because any radiation is assumed to carry at least some small risk,” he said. [...] Since the results did reveal a spike in radiation, though, the researchers will be expanding their study beyond Oregon to test a larger number of tuna across the West Coast.
Daily Sundial, Apr. 14, 2014: At CSUN’s West Gallery in the art department, professor Edie Pistolesi, with the help of several other art professors, worked with about 160 students to create a radioactive seafood market [...] “Three years later, it’s not getting better,” Pistolesi said. “We’re paying attention to this new kind of garbage that’s destroying the planet. You can’t see it, but it’s in the water and it’s in the fish.” [...] “We’re using beauty as a weapon to show everyone who sees this that there’s something wrong here,” Pistolesi said.
Published: April 29th, 2014 at 9:58 pm ET