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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?

by As for me, fish is off the menureply 3209/04/2013

fucking Japan

by As for me, fish is off the menureply 109/04/2013

No more sushi or cans of tuna, also check the pet food as well.

by As for me, fish is off the menureply 209/04/2013

OP, Since I'm allergic to shellfish, do you recommend eating any other type of fish, such as salmon from Alaska?

by As for me, fish is off the menureply 309/04/2013

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.

by As for me, fish is off the menureply 409/04/2013

Tuna is stupid to eat anyway, this isn't the first time that the species has been found unfit to eat

by As for me, fish is off the menureply 509/04/2013

Thanks Tokyo.

by As for me, fish is off the menureply 609/04/2013

Does that mean it's farmed seafood from now on?

by As for me, fish is off the menureply 709/04/2013

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.

by As for me, fish is off the menureply 809/04/2013

r7

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.

by As for me, fish is off the menureply 909/04/2013

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.

by As for me, fish is off the menureply 1009/04/2013

R8, don't eat it. Better safe than sorry and it's not like you spent any $$ on it.

by As for me, fish is off the menureply 1109/04/2013

[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.

by As for me, fish is off the menureply 1209/04/2013

Google 'Fukushima' and 'Extinction Level Event'.

by As for me, fish is off the menureply 1309/04/2013

[all posts by right wing shit-stain # a removed.]

by As for me, fish is off the menureply 1409/04/2013

fault line?

the tsunami happened hundred a miles away, it was FLOODED, remember?

by As for me, fish is off the menureply 1509/04/2013

"Google 'Fukushima' and 'Extinction Level Event'."

Every one of those vaginal selfies were meant for my gynecologist.

by As for me, fish is off the menureply 1609/04/2013

[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.

by As for me, fish is off the menureply 1709/04/2013

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.

by As for me, fish is off the menureply 1809/04/2013

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.

by As for me, fish is off the menureply 1909/04/2013

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

by As for me, fish is off the menureply 2009/04/2013

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.

by As for me, fish is off the menureply 2109/04/2013

Japan.

They kill things that we like!

by As for me, fish is off the menureply 2209/04/2013

Man, reading shit like this makes me want to just go full vegan and only eat things I grow in my back yard.

by As for me, fish is off the menureply 2309/04/2013

Is Alaskan fish safe?

by As for me, fish is off the menureply 2409/04/2013

r24

Alaskan fish comes from the Pacific Ocean. So no, it isn't safe.

by As for me, fish is off the menureply 2509/04/2013

R23, maybe you better look at the freaky mutated vegetables they're growing in Japan before you go full Vegan:

by As for me, fish is off the menureply 2609/04/2013

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.

by As for me, fish is off the menureply 2709/04/2013

Indeed, lots of "fear factor" idiocy.

by As for me, fish is off the menureply 2809/04/2013

When is Blinky going to make his Pacific debut?

by As for me, fish is off the menureply 2909/04/2013

Meanwhile....

What no government will dare tell you is...

Low level radiation IS GOOD FOR YOU!

2 studies:

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.

by As for me, fish is off the menureply 3009/04/2013

Fukushima = Extinction Level Event

by As for me, fish is off the menureply 3109/04/2013

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?

by As for me, fish is off the menureply 3209/04/2013
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