Radioactive Bluefin Tuna Caught Off California Coast
Every bluefin tuna tested in the waters off California has shown to be contaminated with radiation that originated in Fukushima. Every single one.
Over a year ago, in May of 2012, the Wall Street Journal reported on a Stanford University study. Daniel Madigan, a marine ecologist who led the study, was quoted as saying, “The tuna packaged it up (the radiation) and brought it across the world’s largest ocean. We were definitely surprised to see it at all and even more surprised to see it in every one we measured.”
Another member of the study group, Marine biologist Nicholas Fisher at Stony Brook University in New York State reported, “We found that absolutely every one of them had comparable concentrations of cesium 134 and cesium 137.”
That was over a year ago. The fish that were tested had relatively little exposure to the radioactive waste being dumped into the ocean following the nuclear melt-through that occurred at the Fukushima Daiichi plant in March of 2011. Since that time, the flow of radioactive contaminants dumping into the ocean has continued unabated. Fish arriving at this juncture have been swimming in contaminants for all of their lives.
Radioactive cesium doesn’t sink to the sea floor, so fish swim through it and ingest it through their gills or by eating organisms that have already ingested it. It is a compound that does occur naturally in nature, however, the levels of cesium found in the tuna in 2012 had levels 3 percent higher than is usual. Measurements for this year haven’t been made available, or at least none that I have been able to find. I went looking for the effects of ingesting cesium. This is what I found:
When contact with radioactive cesium occurs, which is highly unlikely, a person can experience cell damage due to radiation of the cesium particles. Due to this, effects such as nausea, vomiting, diarrhea and bleeding may occur. When the exposure lasts a long time, people may even lose consciousness. Coma or even death may then follow. How serious the effects are depends upon the resistance of individual persons and the duration of exposure and the concentration a person is exposed to.
The half life of cesium 134 is 2.0652 years. For cesium 137, the half life is 30.17 years.
The Fukushima disaster is an ongoing battle with no signs that humans are gaining the upper hand. The only good news to come out of Japan has later been proven to be false and was nothing more than attempts by Tokyo Electric Power Company (TEPCO) to mislead the public and lull them into a sense of security while the company searched vainly for ways to contain the accident. This incident makes Three Mile Island and Chernobyl pale in comparison. Those were nuclear meltdowns. A nuclear melt-through poses a much more serious problem and is one that modern technology doesn’t have the tools to address. Two and a half years later and the contaminants are still flowing into the ocean and will continue to for the foreseeable future.
The FDA assures us that our food supply is safe, that the levels of radiation found in fish samples are within safe limits for consumption. But one has to question if this is true and, if it is true now, will it remain true? Is this, like the statements issued from TEPCO, another attempt to quell a public backlash in the face of an unprecedented event that, as yet, has no solution and no end in sight?
No more sushi or cans of tuna, also check the pet food as well.
OP, Since I'm allergic to shellfish, do you recommend eating any other type of fish, such as salmon from Alaska?
I've wondered about Pacific Salmon. The Alaska Seafood Marketing Institute will no doubt go to great lengths to hide contamination found in any of the longer-lived species. And we'll never know how far the contamination has spread through ocean currents. My guess is that it's all the way across the Pacific by now.
Tuna is stupid to eat anyway, this isn't the first time that the species has been found unfit to eat
Does that mean it's farmed seafood from now on?
I'm also wondering about the salmon. I rarely eat tuna, so giving it up will be easy. But I regularly get salmon caught off the Northern California coast for free from a local sports fisherman. I had some last week and developed a case of diarrhea afterwards. I've had a few other unexplained incidents of diarrhea over the past year, but I don't remember if I'd eaten the salmon preceding them or not.
I've got a freezer full of salmon and halibut from this fisherman right now, and I'm feeling a little leery about using it.
Farmed fish are fed wild-caught fish, which are radioactive. Therefore, the farmed fish also become radioactive. It's called the food chain, and it's a bitch.
The only animal I've eaten since 1976 is seafood. I went vegan last February, I think it was good timing.
It is a pain in the ass to be vegan and I feel bad for my partner since it makes eating out difficult, but I am thinking at this point that I will continue with the vegan diet.
R8, don't eat it. Better safe than sorry and it's not like you spent any $$ on it.
[quote]The only animal I've eaten since 1976 is seafood. I went vegan last February, I think it was good timing.
it was a good move, but by only eating seafood you ran serious risk of contracting mercury poisoning.
Google 'Fukushima' and 'Extinction Level Event'.
Makes me wonder what kind of idiot/nutcase thought it was a good idea to build a nuclear reactor on a highly active fault line in the first place. What did they think would eventually happen?
the tsunami happened hundred a miles away, it was FLOODED, remember?
"Google 'Fukushima' and 'Extinction Level Event'."
Every one of those vaginal selfies were meant for my gynecologist.
[quote]Makes me wonder what kind of idiot/nutcase thought it was a good idea to build a nuclear reactor on a highly active fault line in the first place. What did they think would eventually happen?
I think the thought of natural disasters and terrorist attacks should have been enough reason to never build a plant in the first place.
Went to the opening of a new grocery in my neighborhood today. They were trying to give out samples of sushi and no one was taking any. Not surprised.
This could be one of the best things to happen to Bluefin Tuna as a species, as well as to Pacific marine life in general. If Bluefin - which is rapidly approaching extinction due to decades of over-fishing - is widely seen to be poisoned by radiation and shunned by people the world over (especially Japan), it might just give the fish a fighting chance at long term recovery. We shouldn't be eating it anyway.
Told my partner no more west coast shell fish or fish anymore .
How long do we have until everything is contaminated? 5-6 years? I'm in New England
So what levels of radiation were the tuna sporting back in the 50's when we were testing the shit out of bombs all over the South Pacific?
Not to mention all the radiation that got into our crops from above ground testing in Nevada.
I'm guessing this is nothing compared to what we were eating back then.
R26 Below those freaky photos is this message:
"CORRECTION: A post on a website in Japan reports that these images aren’t related to the Fukushima disaster. We regret passing along the misinformation."
It's hard to understand how much of all of this is exaggerated BS... or a true scary reality.
What no government will dare tell you is...
Low level radiation IS GOOD FOR YOU!
1) WWII atomic bomb survivors.
2) 10,000 residents who lived in apartments for 20 years constructed with radioactive materials.
Both exhibit cancer rates WAY WAY WAY BELOW normal.
R30, Is that because the typical Japanese diet post WWII was completely different from the US? Very, very little meat and fat, mostly vegetables and soy protein, low stress, lots of exercise, minimal liquor, green tea?