The 2011 Fukushima nuclear reactor meltdown occurred as a result of a massive tsunami tidal wave that was the aftermath of a powerful 9.0 magnitude earthquake off the east coast of Honshu, Japan. The damage caused to the nearby Fukishima nuclear power plant was so massive that anti-nuclear activist Dr. Helen Caldicott later referred to it as “much worse than Chernobyl“.
In the nearly three years since this terrible event, substantial amounts of radiation have continued to leak from the plant into the Pacific Ocean; resulting in serious danger to marine life.
Japan’s fishing industry exports more than $13 million USD worth of fish products annually to Canada alone. Fish caught in waters off Japan have obviously been affected by the Fukushima radiation leakage, especially Caesium – 137, one of the most common radioactive substances produced by nuclear reactors.
Due to its high water solubility Ceasium – 137 is now being found in disturbing quantities in many forms of Pacific ocean marine life; ranging from algae and plankton to many species of fish that wind up on consumer dinner tables.
Radioactive Caesium is said to cause various types of cancers; as well as infertility and birth defects.
In a report published in the Canadian newspaper The Vancouver Sun, the following information regarding levels of Caesium or Cesium was revealed by Nicholas Fisher, a marine sciences professor at the State University of New York at Stony Brook:
“In November (2013), the average Japanese catch had 111 becquerels of cesium per kilogram -above the new radiation ceiling of 100 becquerels per kilogram that Japan has announced it will implement for food this spring. The November level declined from a peak level of 373 becquerels per kilogram last April.
“But it was an increase from the October average of 78 becquerels per kilogram. Such persistently elevated levels of radiation warrant more monitoring and research.”
Fisher added:. “It’s not something we can easily dismiss. I would probably be hesitant to eat a lot of those fish”.
As we pointed out earlier in this article on radioactive seafood, fish tested that contained abnormally high level levels of radioactive Caesium included anchovies, halibut, mackerel, sardines, cod, shark, and monk fish.
Seaweed, the material sushi wrapping is usually made of, was found to contain high Caesium – 137 levels in 100% of all specimens tested!
Whether this marine borne radioactivity reaches other oceans, including the Indian Ocean and the Arabian Gulf, has not been determined.
Gordon Edwards, president of the Canadian Coalition for Nuclear Responsibility, summed up these findings accordingly: “There is no safe level of radiation. Government scientific testing authorities should be making every effort to monitor food.”
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Photo of testing fish for radiation by Reuters/Kim Hong-Ji