Your Days of Eating Pacific Ocean Fish Are Over

By Gary Stamper

Opinion

The heart-breaking news from Fukushima just keeps getting worse...a lot worse...it is, quite simply, an out-of-control flow of death and destruction. TEPCO is finally admitting that radiation has been leaking to the Pacific Ocean all along. and it's not over...

It now appears that anywhere from 300 to possibly over 450 tons of contaminated water that contains radioactive iodone, cesium, and strontium-89 and 90, is flooding into the Pacific Ocean from the Fukushima Daichi site every day. To give you an idea of how bad that actually is, Japanese experts estimate Fukushima's fallout at 20-30 times higher than the Hiroshima and Nagasaki nuclear bombings in 1945.

There's a lot you're not being told. Oh, the information is out there, but you have to dig pretty deep to find it, and you won't find it on the corporate-owned evening news.

  • An MSNBC article in April of 2012 reported that seals and polar bears were found to have "external maladies" that consisted of fur loss and open sores, obvious signs of radiation burns from the Fukushima meltdown, despite the conclusions of the article.
  • Fukushima radiation appears to be causing an epidemic of dead and starving Sea Lions in California and the FDA has refused to test for radiation.
  • Update: Huffington Post reports that the reactors used "dirty fuel," a combination of plutonium and uranium (MOX), which means we can never return to this place again. This comes from a Russian nuclear physicist who is an expert on the kinds of gasses being released at Fukushima.
  • Almost a third more US West Coast newborns may face thyroid problems after Fukushima nuclear disaster.
  • Contaminated water from Fukushima reactors could double radioactivity levels of US coastal waters in 5 years - "We were surprised at how quickly the tracer spread."

WHAT'S GOING ON WITH THE PACIFIC OCEAN FOOD CHAIN? – May 2013 – Researchers from the Japan Agency for Marine Earth Science and Technology reported in early 2012 that they have detected radioactive cesium from the Fukushima No. 1 nuclear plant in plankton collected from all 10 points in the Pacific they checked, with the highest levels at around 25 degrees north latitude and 150 degrees west longitude. Plankton, and the radiation they contain, moves right up the food chain through fish, whales, seals, etc., and when larger fish eat smaller fish.

A WARNING TO SEAFOOD LOVERS EVERYWHERE – Scientists previously reported higher-than-expected concentrations of radiation in fish off Japan. Now there are calls for testing of seafood sold in the U.S. Although contaminated air, rainfall and even radioactive debris from Japan have drifted toward the U.S. West Coast since the disaster occurred 2 1/2 years ago, scientists are unclear about how the contaminated waters could impact the health of Americans, and while scientists say that 300 tons of contaminate water is diluted in the Pacific, no one knows how long that's been going during those 2 1/2 years as we also now know TEPCO has been lying all along. Nuclear experts are calling on the U.S. government to test West Coast waters and Pacific seafood sold in the U.S. in the wake of Japan's alarming admission about an ongoing radiation leak, something the EPA and the FDA have so far refused to do, as they are only testing imported fish, not wild-caught. WHY? The only way to protect your children and grandchildren is by not eating seafood from the Pacific Ocean until we have better information. Information posted at the website of The Department of Nuclear Engineering at the University of California recommends not buying any fish from the Pacific Ocean or western states, including Baja.

WHAT YOU HAVEN'T BEEN TOLD ABOUT FISH CONTAMINATION

  • Tissue samples taken from 15 bluefin caught in August, five months after the meltdowns at Fukushima Daiichi, all 15 contained reactor byproducts cesium-134 and cesium-137.
  • The 15 fish tested were only exposed to radiation for a short time. But bluefin arriving in California now will have been exposed to the Fukushima radiation for much longer.
  • Unlike some other compounds, radioactive cesium does not quickly sink to the sea bottom but remains dispersed in the water column, from the surface to the ocean floor. Fish can swim right through it, ingesting it through their gills, by taking in seawater or by eating organisms that have already taken it in.
  • The overwhelming scientific consensus is that there is no safe level of radiation ... and radiation consumed and taken into the body is much more dangerous than background radiation.
  • The Telegraph notes that scientists tagged a bluefin tuna and found that it crossed between Japan and the West Coast three times in 600 days: All Pacific migratory fish are likely Fukushima contaminated.
  • Why have Contaminated Alaskan Halibut been found even though halibut don't migrate? The cesium-134 contamination from radioactive plumes doesn't just fall on land.
  • Study shows Fukushima nuclear pollution becoming more concentrated as it approaches U.S. West Coast - Plume crosses ocean in a nearly straight line toward N. America - Appears to stay together with little dispersion
  • Pacific herring in Canada bleeding from eyeballs, faces, fins, tails - I've never seen fish looking this bad - All 100 examined were bloody - Officials informed of hemorrhaging soon after 3/11 - Gov't ignoring problem.
  • Unprecedented: Sockeye salmon at dire historic low on Canada's Pacific coast - "We think something happened in the ocean" - "The elders have never seen anything like this at all" - Alaska and Russia also affected.
  • Japan Times: Fukushima Daiichi radioactive water problems seem ‘uncontainable' - Believed to be wreaking environmental havoc upon Pacific Ocean.
  • Reuters: Crisis deepening at Fukushima nuclear plant; Upgraded to ‘Level 3 Serious Incident' - Represents a 100-fold increase in "severity of a radiological release" - Tepco says highly radioactive leakage continues, but unknown where from.
  • It's more than obvious that TEPCO officials have no idea what they're doing, and the big question is why aren't world governments jumping in to contain what's going on? Meanwhile, the Pacific Ocean may very well be dying.


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