Japan’s NHK station on February 22 reported the discovery of radioactive fish off the coast of Fukushima Prefecture – Screenshot
NHK (Japan) on February 22 reported that radioactive fish had been caught in the waters off Japan’s Fukushima prefecture for the first time in two years.
According to the Fukushima Prefectural Fisheries Association, radioactive material has been detected inside a sea bass at a fishing ground off the coast of the prefecture’s Shinchi town.
Tests showed that the content of radioactive cesium (cesium) was 5 times higher than the permitted level. After the incident, the fishermen stopped catching this fish in local waters.
The fishing industry in Fukushima Prefecture has suffered heavy losses since the disaster at the Fukushima I Nuclear Power Plant following the 2011 earthquake and tsunami. Fishing was banned from then until five 2017.
On February 14, Japan was hit by a 7.3 magnitude quake and Fukushima was one of the most affected.
Tokyo Electric Power Company – which operates the Fukishima I nuclear power plant – said the cooling water level had dropped in the two reactors. This suggests further damage to the reactors following the quake.
Reports after the quake revealed a small amount of radioactive water from the plant’s nuclear waste tanks leaked out.
Last year, a wave of outrage erupted within fishing cooperatives last year after the Japanese government announced its intention to approve the release of radioactive water into the oceans, according to Sputnik News. The facility had no room to store the still increasing amount of radioactive waste.
The authorities affirmed that this process will ensure the safety of human health, but Fukushima fishermen fear that consumers will lose confidence in local seafood products.
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