Fukushima Radiation: Govt Launches Web Site Noting Safety of Fishes Around Plant

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By Esther Tanquintic-Misa | February 18, 2014 4:37 PM EST

The fisheries organization at Fukushima Prefecture in February launched a Web site that will contain information concerning the radiation levels of fishes caught in waters surrounding the crippled nuclear power plant.

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A radiation monitor indicates 73.20 microsieverts per hour at the site of the crippled Fukushima Daiichi nuclear plant in Fukushima prefecture, November 12, 2011. Mandatory Credit

The Yomiuri Shimbun reported the Web site of Fukushima Prefectural Federation of Fisheries Co-operative Associations will likewise carry volume catches and sales reports of the fisheries organization, aside from the more important radiation test results. It will detail the kinds of fish and shellfish caught as well as kinds of inspection measures undertakan at each fishery co-operative.

The site will also try to explain the process of test fishing. The federation had earlier said it conducts advance radiation checks to determine the safety of fishing grounds.

The launch of the Web site by the Fukushima Prefectural Federation of Fisheries Co-operative Associations comes after the Japan Fisheries Research Agency revealed in January that a fish called black sea bream caught at the mouth of the Niidagawa river in Iwaki, Fukushima Prefecture contained 12,400 becquerels per kilogram of radioactive cesium. It was way 124 times over the safety standards for foodstuffs.

It also comes after U.S. researchers announced earlier in February that California fish kelp caught off the waters of Malibu will be tested to help determine the levels of radiation they have received from the radioactive material spewed into the ocean waters by the crippled Fukushima nuclear power plant.

Researchers said samples will be taken at the Escondido Beach and near County Line Beach between Feb. 24 and March 5.

Earlier in January, state health officials from California debunked claims of dangerously high radiation levels in the sands of Pacifica State Beach, as claimed by an Internet video posted on YouTube.

The author of the video linked the radiation from the crippled Fukushima nuclear power plant.

"There is no public health risk at California beaches due to radioactivity related to events at Fukushima," Wendy Hopkins, California Department of Public Health spokeswoman, said.

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A radiation monitor indicates 73.20 microsieverts per hour at the site of the crippled Fukushima Daiichi nuclear plant in Fukushima prefecture, November 12, 2011. Mandatory Credit
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