Media get first tour of fish radiation check process – Japan Times News

Of great concern to many of my readers is the  possible contamination of fish from the nuclear power plant leaking in Japan. There have been many wild speculative stories, some obviously made up for PR purposes on the web, especially showing up on Facebook. We are trying to keep a close eye on the real science being done around this issue. So far, I have not seen anything coming out that is “of concern” to us along our coast. Can that change? You bet. But for now, I have no problem buying and eating seafood caught of the Washington and Alaskan shores.

Here’s the latest from Japan

With the continued flow of radioactive water into the sea from the crippled Fukushima No. 1 plant, consumers at home and abroad are concerned about the safety of seafood around Japan.

To ease such concerns and demonstrate how fisheries products are being monitored, the Fisheries Agency held a media tour last week to a research facility in Onjuku, Chiba Prefecture, that attracted 36 participants, most of them foreign journalists and embassy officials.

You will want to read the rest of this story:

http://www.japantimes.co.jp/news/2013/12/17/national/media-get-first-tour-of-fish-radiation-check-process/#.UrHaI2RDvw6

Notice of tracking devices for Japan tsunami debris

This in…be aware…

Tattori U Drifter Flier_Page_1 Tattori U Drifter Flier_Page_2Please see attached a brief notice from NOAA’s Marine Debris Program.  Beach visitors are asked to keep an eye open for tracking devices released from Japan 3 months after the earthquake and tsunami and follow guidance for reporting.

Liam Antrim

Resource Protection Specialist

Olympic Coast National Marine Sanctuary

office: 360-457-6622 x16

cell: 360-460-2530

Radioactive Tuna Migrated Into Californian Waters From Japan – Medical News Today

The good news here is that the levels are lower than that which is deemed hazardous, the bad news is that it wasn’t detected by people being paid to monitor such things, but by some researchers looking at migratory issues.

It is critical that the government get their monitoring in place and in front of these kinds of issues, before the public panics and destroys the fishing industry , which is likely to happen from this anyway. Many people do not trust government monitoring to be accurate and timely.

Pacific bluefin tuna which have migrated from Japan to California have been found to be contaminated with radioactive cesium from the Fukushima nuclear accident, researchers from Stanford’s Hopkins Marine Station in Pacific have reported in PNAS (Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences). Despite radiation contamination, levels so far detected are well below those considered hazardous for human health, the authors emphasized.

http://www.medicalnewstoday.com/articles/245939.php

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