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Posted 12:00 am
January 27, 2014

Don’t eat the fish! They’re contaminated

Polar bears along the coast of Alaska are suffering from fur loss and open sores. Starfish on the West Coast are disintegrating into piles of white goo and Pacific Herring are bleeding from their gills and eyes.

Despite this knowledge, the government refuses to announce how much radiation is infecting our atmosphere. It should be obligatory that this information is released regardless of the dosage present; because the list goes on.

The population of sockeye salmon from Alaska is at a historic low, thousands of birds are dropping dead in Oregon and sea lions along the California coast are experiencing an unusual mortality rate, according to Peak Oil.

All this horrible death and disease to our marine animals can be indirectly linked to the explosion of the Fukushima Daiichi Power Plant. When the 9.0 magnitude Tōhoku earthquake hit northern Japan in March 2011, it caused a tsunami that destroyed the power plant, which oozed toxic radiation throughout the country and into the Pacific Ocean.

Thanks to the currents circulating the northern Pacific Ocean and the planet’s placement of continents, the West Coast of the United States, Alaska and Mexico were directly affected and continue to suffer three years later.

So why is seafood still being sold and encouraged to eat three times a week? Here’s a hint: it’s not so that we get our fulfillment of omega-3 fatty acids.

We live in a greedy country that cares more about money than its people. If fish were to be taken off the market, not only would it cause mayhem in the entire United States, it would be an immense profit loss.

The sales of fishing licenses, stamps, tags and permits generate $25 billion a year in federal, state and local taxes, according to the National Shooting Sports Foundation.

In 2012, the U.S. imported approximately $17 billion in edible fishery products and exported $5 billion, according to the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration.

It is apparent why the government has not put a red flag on the sale of seafood in our country, but it does not mean that it is a safe product to keep consuming.

According to the United Nations Scientific Committee on the Effects of Atomic Radiation, a dose of radiation less than 10 millisieverts (mSv) has no direct evidence of effects on human health. A dose of 10-10,00 mSv creates an increased risk of cancers such as lung, skin and breast cancer.

The government has not released a specific number as to the amount of radiation in our ocean and air, but claims, “we don’t really need to do that because we’re predicting very low levels.”

It is deceiving that we are not being informed how much radiation from Fukushima we are actually living in, especially because a “low level” is still considered toxic.

Prolonged exposure to a low dose of radiation can damage cells over time that when repairing itself, errors are made. This can lead to cancer even after years or decades have passed, according to the World Health Organization.

If U.S. consumers are safe to eat seafood from the Pacific Ocean, then why are we not specifically being informed on the level of radiation present? Why are thousands of marine animals dying and developing disease at the same time?

The radiation leaking from Japan still poses a threat to the West Coast and the Pacific Ocean. There are traces in our fish and that is the seafood we are buying and ingesting into our body.

A word of advice for diehard seafood eaters: consume what is caught from the East Coast. There’s a better chance it is not contaminated.

  • GRLCowan

    The government per se may not be releasing specific numbers, but I seem to recall the Woods Hole Oceanographic Institution (http://www.whoi.edu) is.

    Chris Mah, “one of the world’s leading experts on starfish and echinoderms”, talks about the apparent unrelatedness of their troubles to Fukushima at http://deepseanews.com/2013/12/three-reasons-why-fukushima-radiation-has-nothing-to-do-with-starfish-wasting-syndrome/

    The radiation leaking from Japan never posed, and never could have posed, any threat. It would be like the Titanic’s saltshakers threatening to salt the ocean. Well, of course, they *did*; but there was a lot of salt there already. It’s the same with radioactivity.

    • Thomas Schoenberger

      Deep Sea News is a bit too extreme for me. Too much voodoo science. They are not taken seriously by true scientists.

    • David McFarland

      Well said.
      Radiation levels – at least in the Tokyo Bay area – were still rather comparable to the World Average at the time. I recall seeing about 40-100cpm, with hot-spots of considerably higher (which were easily decontaminated with duct-tape), whereas now the Tokyo area sits at a comfortable 20cpm – the world average is 50cpm.

      Source: Nuclear Reactor Operator presently living just south of Tokyo.
      I’m one of the guys who *gave* the US Government their numbers on the issue.

    • Thomas Schoenberger

      GRL, Deep Sea has done piss poor work. I suggest you check out US Santa Cruz’s work. Deep Sea did not even test mollusks..Huge mistake !

  • Mark
  • Tim

    This is the fulfilment of God’s Wrath directly from Revelation 16:3… “and every living thing died that was in the sea.” The radation will continue to leak and soon there will be no denying the truth. And then just wait until everyone figures out where their rain water is coming from…

    • David McFarland

      No, no it really isn’t.

      I’m a Christian – but I’m also a Nuclear Reactor Operator who currently lives on the Tokyo Bay and has access to radiacs and eats the fish here.
      So, yeah, no it’s not. It doesn’t meet the criteria from a biblical or a radiological standpoint by a longshot.

      • stevenbejesus

        A ship traveld from hawai 2 days ago ,they said they only saw in 3000 miles was 1 dying whale and the sea was void of life no birds dolfins nothing.no paid or not post will bring life back., the pacific is now steril.. the bible is accurate

  • Barry

    Seals that are eating radiated fish are also dying and loaded with open lesions! Forget what people are saying about Pacific Ocean currents! Radiation contaminated fish and related sea food critters swim from Fukushima to the West coast of the United States and Canada much faster then contaminated ocean currents travel! Since TEPCO continues to dump millions and millions of gallons of radiation contaminated waste every single day non stop, this build up and spread of radiation in our fish, sea life and animals that also eat the fish as we do will continue to build up as well! The food chain will without question multiply the radiation as larger fish and animals such as seals eat more contaminated smaller fish! Soon more and more humans will end up eating highly radioactive fish, crabs and shell fish and they will get sick most likely with one type of cancer or another! This is really happening folks! If you feel that you may have been radiated by Pacific fish or sea food and you would like to detox the radiation from your body do your research for the key word Zeolite! Zeolite in a mineral that is proven to safely remove radiation and heavy metals from the body! Please know that Potassium Iodide does not remove any radiation from the body! It only protects the thyroid for 24 hours and it has to be taken before becoming radiated! Zeolite is the best answer for removing radiation!

    • David McFarland

      That’s interesting, considering here along the Tokyo Bay, we’re still seeing record lows in radiation levels (20cpm vs. 50cpm of the world average), including in the water, and the fish continue to prove to be less radioactive than your average banana. Well, at least per Tuna-Steak (which, tuna are the larger predatory fish you’re talking about.)

      As for me, before I move from Japan back to the States, I’m going to keep getting my fill of sushi. And just for kicks, I’ll keep doing radiation surveys on myself. I’ve got plenty of access to radiacs (aka gieger counters)

      • Barry

        Give it a little more time and your sushi may be your ticket back home for chemotherapy.

        • David McFarland

          That’d be interesting.
          Especially as I’ve actually been regularly surveying myself (just for fun and making sure I can continue to say on websites like this that I have been), along with having gotten internal dose investigations, and you know what? I’m still fine.
          Like when I surveyed myself two weeks ago. Yeah, I was fine.

          I actually did it several times because I was on watch with two different radiacs for six hours straight and had little else to do at the time.

          Unlike the author of the article, I actually know what I’m talking about. I should hope so – I’ve been working on nuclear power plants for years as a nuclear operator. I’m a qualified Radiation Worker and did some of the surveys in our area during Fukushima.

          • Barry

            So you took Homer Simpson’s Job! Don’t get radiated when eating s doughnut

          • David McFarland

            Don’t get around to thinking it’s anything like the Simpsons… and we aren’t allowed to eat food in the plant.

            And radiation levels in the plant area actually lower than being out in the sun (we have THAT much shielding.)

            Also, it wouldn’t matter if you did eat food in the plant, because that doughnuts only going to have been irradiated. Not contaminated. There is a difference (a big one). The doughnut isn’t going to be radioactive if it’s irradiated (unless you start making it with heavy metals, even then it’d still be safer to eat than a banana – unless of course you eat a doughnut that’s been in a radioactive area for a considerable amount of time). It isn’t contaminated either – unless you take that doughnut into the Reactor Compartment itself (where you aren’t allowed to be when operating) and then start rubbing it on every surface.

          • Barry

            OK You must be Homer if you think that those doughnuts of yours that your always eating in the control room are really food! They must be loaded with heavy metals Homer because they sit in your gut like lead! Right?

          • David McFarland

            Was that even an argument? I really have no idea what you’re saying. You’re trying to make a parallel between me and a fictional cartoon.

            You’re actually trying to use a cartoon as an argument. Really?

            Doughnuts count as food. They may not be nutritious, but that is by no means the point of not eating “food” in the reactor plant. It’s about physically ingesting anything – we aren’t allowed to do it in the even there was a spill which could have contaminated something it touched. Chances are about as slim as getting hit by lightning, but it’s a precaution.

            Also “doughnuts of mine?” When did I ever say I actually did eat doughnuts enough to have doughnuts of my own? Really? You’re trying to make that argument? That was all your assumption.

            How are you calling me “homer” in this case? Is it the only way you can justify arguing with someone who operates reactors? Theres also a lot more to operating reactors than just sitting at a control panel – out of the eighteen different watchstations we have, only five involve sitting down. The others are specifically NOT to sit down.

            And I was talking about heavy metals only to make the statement that an irradiated doughnut isn’t going to be radioactive – the only stipulation would be that it’d be a regular doughnut (which is quite reasonable) and that it COULD be radioactive if you did something crazy like add in rather heavy metals. (Not necessarily physically dense like lead, considerably higher than that quite typically – those which actually have more stable yet radioactive isotopes).

          • Barry

            Oh Homer! You really don’t get it do you? Maybe your like a defective isotope. Unstable!

          • David McFarland

            Get what? Your entire argument is “lol cartoons,” moron. What makes you think my job is anything like Homers? You have no idea what goes on inside a nuclear power plant.

            You probably think uranium glows green, too.

          • beans

            this is crap, I may just be a ignorant waitress, I swore this site was about radiation and not donuts and fuckin cartoons. A little hint, lets have some facts. I am slightly worried about our future. Smarty pants please set your ego aside and let us here the facts. Theorist please keep bringin on your side. Therefore i can make judgement for my self. Oh smarty pants please dont respond with a snotty comment. I just want the truth thx

          • David McFarland

            That was more of me feeling the need to get in the last word with someone trying to make the assumption that the job was anything like being Homer Simpson.

            So facts: Tuna (a predatory fish, fitting the “contamination will scale up as fish eat other fish, idea), had on average 15 becquerels of contamination per 100kg of meat – Cs-137, specifically, the isotope of concern, as of 2013.
            This was on average – some had considerable more, some had less.
            (A becquerel is one radioactive decay per second. Considering how small this is, compare it to counting the volume of a beach by individual grains of sand.)

            What this scales down to, if you want to talk about how dangerous it is: Bananas (which are not the most radioactive food, just a wonderful comparison).

            While Bananas make for an argument that is, well, bananas, it’s a valid one and just points out how people get freaked out over what they have no knowledge of, simply because someone else says it’s dangerous.
            Bananas have ~15 becquerels of K-40. This is sufficient that banana-trucks can set off radiation detectors at border crossings and nuclear operators are advised to not eat them prior to having internal monitoring.

            Do all the fancy math, and you get down to one-tuna steak equaling one-banana, more or less, when it comes to radiation.

            The contaminated water is even less of a concern – if you felt like trying over a years-worth of unfiltered seawater from California shores, you’d again be getting as much radiation dose to your body as a single banana.

            Yes, the “Banana Equivelant Dose” is no longer used (nor was it used all that much to begin with) because it’s a little wonky, but bananas remain relevant enough.

          • beans

            Thank you so much for your response. I appreciate the amount of knowledge you are sharing with us. Like most things I try to have an open mind and facts over opinion make that possible. If your still working near the facility, could you please tell someone to clean up there mess. haha. again thank you for responding to my questions.

          • Chewbird

            David, on this you are wrong. No Cs 137 was found. Leave the science to me please.

            Ken

          • David McFarland

            We DID find Cs-137. On very rare occasion, we’re STILL finding it in nooks and crannies in ventilation ducts that didn’t get cleaned. Not much.

            But we did find it over here in Japan. That’s a fact.
            Leave the science to me and my coworkers – who held the radiacs over here in the Tokyo Bay area during Fukushima. We did the measurements ourselves. I know I’m not wrong – I saw it. With my own two eyes.

          • beans

            This is probably dumb but does radiation attract to metal. or were you saying that metal itself is radioactive. because if its attracted to metal then wouldnt it be attracted to mercury in the fish?

          • David McFarland

            (I don’t expect anyone to know anything about radiation or contamination, just not to talk about it like they do if they have no knowledge of it – that you admit flaws in your argument lends you to being more intelligent than most people in this comment section.)

            Heavier elements are more likely to produce isotopes that are radioactive – and more likely to produce isotopes that are going to last longer (ergo, remain radioactive for a longer time), and ones at higher energies (therefore more dangerous).
            That’s what I meant by that. Radiation isn’t attracted by anything more than another thing. (Except for Beta-radiation, which is made of electrons and positrons, so it’s more readily attracted to ionized particle – betas are also typically not radiation to worry about, as your skin will protect you, so long as you don’t consume beta-emitter contamination).

          • Chewbird

            David, screw all this losers. I already explained that there is even no radioactive waters leaking. This is zionist media stirring up things. The same criminal that are guilty of 911 ! Glad you and I are on the same page. Next they will falsely claim that tuna has been caught in California with cesium ! What crap.

          • David McFarland

            I actually wouldn’t doubt people catching Tuna off the coast of California with Cesium – just no more harmful levels of it than how much the potassium in your average banana or brazil nut could harm you. We know for a fact that cesium entered the ocean via airborne plumes back in 2011, and that the Cs-137 hasn’t all decayed.

      • Ken Deemer

        If a strong wind is coming from the north and I released smoke in the air there would be little chance you would smell the smoke if you were north of where I released it. Why is so much of the things washed away on the cost of Japan showing up on the west cost of the US?

        • David McFarland

          Of course I wouldn’t smell the smoke. But there would still be smoke particulate.
          That’s the wonderful thing about contamination – you can detect the tiniest particulate quite easily.

          And we’re still not detecting anything. The radiation levels in much of Japan are so low right now, it’d actually be rather easy to detect additional particulate coming off of Fukushima, whereas in much of America you could easily get a false-positive if you don’t have extra-special equipment and an extensive knowledge of the isotopes involved.

  • David McFarland

    The absolute lack of knowledge on the part of the author is remarkably apparent. No one with any actual knowledge of radiation would ever say it could “ooze,” nor would they call it “toxic.”

    “We don’t need to do that because we’re predicting very low levels.”
    It’d be like saying “We have to worry about a landslide!”
    When they government is saying. “Not really, maybe a few grains of sand…” and criticizing them.

    Present contamination levels in the Tuna that spawn near Fukushima:
    15 becquerels (or 15 decays per second) / 100kg of Tuna. (Cs-137)
    Comparable to the average amount of potassium in a banana: 15 becquerels.

    Now, since the author of this article obviously doesn’t have enough knowledge of radiation to do the calculations, factoring in everything – you still get that a Tuna Steak is safer to eat than a banana (except for the mercury). And you wouldn’t freak out about a banana, would you?

    Now, I’m not a marine biologist, so it’s difficult for me to speak about the claims about the animals.
    However, Andrew Thayer is a marine biologist, and has some interesting things to say:
    http://www.southernfriedscience.com/?p=15903

    • Thomas Schoenberger

      David, you may want to rethink this. There is much reason for concern, as the die off’s of sardines seem to indicate a possible trophic contamination route that is also impacting populations of sardines as well. If you are not a marine biologist, then why only cite one ? Many like Ben Minor, and Peter Raimundi of Santa Ceuz do not share you sense of safety. There is reason to avoid eating any sea food from the Pacific. The reason is Strontium 90 sir.

      • David McFarland

        You mean the Strontium 90 that is not at this time being readily leaked out and was not leaked out in such sufficient quantity to cause such massive damage?

        Source: Did the surveys.

        • Thomas Schoenberger

          Survey’s? There has not been any testing for Strontium 90. The small amount of testing for Cesium 134 and Cesium 137 occurred in 2012, after Blue Fin were caught on August 4th 2011 off of Blacks Beach in San Diego County. All those specimens tested positive for C 134 and C 137. It is estimated that the amount tested is now 10 times higher, due to bio accumulation. You say you were one of the Governments guys. I was too.

          • David McFarland

            So you mean when I was surveying for Strontium, Cesium, and Iodine back in 2011, I wasn’t? Much of what we were getting was Strontium – and it still wasn’t considerable. Sure, we had hot-spots you wouldn’t want to lick, but the flight-deck generally traps contamination.

          • Thomas Schoenberger

            Testing in 2011 is now dated data. Nothing tested since early 2013.All data is dated. We need fresh data and eating sea food from the Pacific poses grave risks, since the lack of reliable data, coupled with the astounding and dramatic fish dies off’s and lack of real reporting from TEPCO is enough to make any reasonable person decide to stay away from sea food until realistic data comes in. This is common sense, not fear mongering

          • David McFarland

            Oh, that was just what I did. I’ve since moved on to more the Reactor Safety side of the house.
            My boat does constant surveys of the area – both air and water. Far more than I used to think, actually. I used to think only us nuclear operators did them – I was very, very wrong. We’ve even got regular non-nuclear trained guys doing the remediation surveys – like a dozen a day (I should know, I have to sign off on all of them with my new position) and they still see nothing additional. The only reason we have non-nukes do them is *because* we haven’t seen anything new for years and we don’t have time to do them ourselves. It’s not hard to teach someone “Alright, you put the frisker here and just see if it reads anything above usual, let us know if you see anything above like 50 counts per minute.”
            We haven’t seen any strontium since then.

            Yeah, we don’t test fish, but we do internal dose surveys. Yes, I know, you can’t test for ingested strontium. Not directly. You can test for ingested cesium, though. We are not only seeing no cesium internally, but not externally, either.

            Heck, I surveyed myself the other week.
            And yes, myself and my co-workers as still eating fresh Japanese sushi. The best ones are the ones that get their food from the local fishermen. You know, the ones that fish far closer to Fukushima than California by thousands of miles.

          • Chew

            I’ve been wondering who has been impersonating me as “Chewbird”.

            My Disqus username is Chew; my YouTube username is Chew Bird but you are one of the few people who truncate it to one word.

            I always hyphenate isotopes while you never do. http://imgur.com/1cOl9xd

            I use metric; you don’t.

            It would appear you have a long history of this sort of thing: https://www.ripoffreport.com/reports/directory/thomas-schoenberger

          • Chew

            Here you are pretending to be a “Dr Ray Linnell”.

            http://www.ibtimes.com/radiation-calif-kelp-scientists-test-west-coast-water-3-years-after-fukushima-nuclear-meltdown#comment-1232609657

            You misspelled the abbreviation for cesium there just like you did above. And you didn’t hypenate the isotopes. But my favorite part is you accusing Ken Buesseler of being me!

            Hasn’t it ever occurred to you that if you have to impersonate someone to make them look stupid there must be something wrong with your side of a debate?

    • loreli

      David, I say feel free to eat all the Pacific fish you want. That keeps the prices on the Atlantic fish low :) I wish you luck.

  • Mike Robins

    QUIT YOUR FEAR MONGERING NONSENSE AND EDUCATE YOURSELF ON THE FACTS! http://chriskresser.com/fukushima-seafood

    • Chewbird

      Mike, just so you know, Chris Kressler uses very bad sources. I would not drink that koolaid. You may ask me for expertise, and if you are nice, I will educate everyone here. There is no fear from radiation, since we cannot even prove that radiation causes cancer.

  • d taylor

    For anyone like me who has been eating sushi and seafood since Fukushima
    and has been freaked out by the beach radiation and dead fish, I didnt
    know what to do. First I cut my beloved sushi. I did some research and
    found out some ways to get cesium out of my body. Clays like bentonite
    and zeolite seem to work-but not much data. After Chernobyl the EU
    invested in researching an apple-based product called Vitapect that
    attaches to heavy metals and gets them out. The product removes about
    2/3 of the cesium. Me and my sushi crowd ordered some. The tablets were
    easy to consume, two tabs a day that are concentrated pectin-equivalent
    to 5.5 pounds of apples per day. Anyway, we feel better and will
    probably still eat a bit of sushi-just not as much as before