In the aftermath of the power plant crisis at Fukushima, fish are being caught, but not eaten, to determine their safety as seafood.
Fishing for data instead of a catch to sell at a market, Japanese boat captain Kimio Sato is contributing to the efforts that will test the nucleotides in the fish and other ocean creatures that were in or near the radiation-filled waters close to Fukushima.
As reported by PBS NewsHour, the fishermen are on a very different kind of expedition. They are working to find out when, if ever, Fukushima fish can be deemed healthy enough to make its way to your dinner table.
Watch the video from PBS and get the details.
For us, the radiation safety levels in Japan were perhaps the most interesting part of the story. Is there a reason the restrictions are the most strict in the world? Does that mean fish from other parts of the world could have higher levels?
What about the impact of halted commercial fishing on the ecosystem? Numbers are increasing, and fishing industry workers have no livelihood since they can’t catch and sell the seafood.
And of course, the West Coast of the US is seemingly vulnerable, and the buzz of recent months has been that radiation will reach America and other countries, creating a global problem. Whether that’s entirely true remains to be seen.
All the same, the Fukushima plume should be studied and monitored, and unfortunately those with power to help are claiming it’s not their problem.