SEAFOOD FOR THOUGHT; Time Has Run Out


From: Miriam Howard
 mhoward@bak.rr.com


Fish stocks and animals poisoned in high numbers in USA/Canada/Alaska due to Fukushima reactor waste that is pouring 300 tons of radioactive water into the ocean every day. 

SEAFOOD FOR THOUGHT – (Print)

With the recent 7.3 magnitude earthquake hitting 170 miles off the coast of the crippled Fukushima Nuclear facility, it is no wonder that concerns over radioactive contamination of the Pacific Ocean has risen yet again. Over 300 tons of used—and now radioactive—cooling water is being dumped into the ocean every day. Not only has the situation not improved, but it was recently admitted by the Japanese government that they have no idea what the conditions are in the three reactors that are in some phase of meltdown. They can neither get close enough to examine them nor can they see into them because of the vast amounts of steam obscuring the scene.
It has been over two and a half years since the 9.0 earthquake was quickly followed by a 39-foot tsunami. From the initial “radioactive flush” into the sea from the tsunami, to the conscious and necessary evacuation of spent cooling water, the magnitude of the spill is still being assessed. It is expected to continue well into 2015.
There has been a debate between the size of the Pacific Ocean and the quantity of the contamination. Some say that even though we are straight across the ocean from the accident, the volume of the water will easily disperse the contaminants. Others say the particular isotopes from the reactor do not disperse easily and don’t sink to the bottom. They remain in the water column, from top to bottom. In this last scenario sea life have a much greater chance of contacting and carrying the suspended radiation.They either breathe it or eat it in others. Scientists are watching carefully for any signs of contamination in the ocean’s biosphere. Although there is no direct evidence yet, there are mysterious changes in certain sea populations that any one taken alone would not be concerning, but in combination they are worth paying attention to.
There have been many different reports of fish and sea creature populations dying in the PacificAlso, there have been many discoveries of cesium–137 in high concentrations in seafood caught in the Pacific and sold in North America. There have been many reports of unexplained deaths:
  • Vast amounts of sea stars are “melting” off the west coast of North America.
  • Also Reported in National Geographic
  • Killer Wales are dying off the coast of British Columbia
  • There is an epidemic of Sea Lion deaths along the California coastline.
  • Polar bears, seals and walruses along the Alaska coastline are suffering from fur loss and open sores.
  • Along the Pacific coast of Canada and the Alaska coastline, the population of sockeye salmon is at a historic low.
  • Something is causing fish all along the west coast of Canada to bleed from their gills, bellies and eyeballs.
  • Experts have found very high levels of cesium–137 in plankton living in the waters of the Pacific Ocean between Hawaii and the west coast.
  • One test in California found that 15 out of 15 bluefin tuna were contaminated with radiation from Fukushima.
  • Back in 2012, the Vancouver Sun reported that cesium–137 was being found in a very high percentage of the fish that Japan was selling to Canada.
  • 73 percent of mackerel tested
  • 91 percent of the halibut
  • 92 percent of the sardines
  • 93 percent of the tuna and eel
  • 94 percent of the cod and anchovies
  • 100 percent of the carp, seaweed, shark and monkfish
These don’t seem to be isolated incidences. They may not be provocative. The oceans are large, and they contain a massive population of species that get sick from time to time. But they are in numbers that warrant an in-depth discovery and full disclosure. The populations that either depend on the food source or live in proximity deserve to have a complete understanding of this possible calamity

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