Fukushima Tuna Sushi Now Being Served?

Bluefin_tunaIn 2008 the New York Times reported that

“laboratory tests found so much mercury in tuna sushi from 20 Manhattan stores and restaurants that at most of them, a regular diet of six pieces a week would exceed the levels considered acceptable by the Environmental Protection Agency.”

If you’re still eating tuna, you can also now start worrying about radiation poisoning, courtesy of the nuclear geniuses from Fukushima, Japan. Report via Reuters:

Low levels of nuclear radiation from the tsunami-damaged Fukushima power plant have turned up in bluefin tuna off the California coast, suggesting that these fish carried radioactive compounds across the Pacific Ocean faster than wind or water can.

Small amounts of cesium-137 and cesium-134 were detected in 15 tuna caught near San Diego in August 2011, about four months after these chemicals were released into the water off Japan’s east coast, scientists reported on Monday.

That is months earlier than wind and water currents brought debris from the plant to waters off Alaska and the U.S. Pacific Northwest.

The amount of radioactive cesium in the fish is not thought to be damaging to people if consumed, the researchers said in a study published in the journal Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences…

Not “thought” to be damaging, eh? Report continues at Reuters.


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10 Comments on "Fukushima Tuna Sushi Now Being Served?"

  1. charlieprimero | May 29, 2012 at 10:09 am |

    This is shocking.  The EPA needs to once again raise the level of poison it recommends we can consume.

  2. Jin The Ninja | May 29, 2012 at 10:51 am |

    so no more salmon, no more bluefin- all i have left is yellowtail, mackarel,  sea urchin, sweet shrimp, octopus and skipjack. maybe giant clam every once in a while…. what is this world coming to!?

    • Calypso_1 | May 29, 2012 at 11:05 am |

      urchin = fish flavored snot : {  

      • Jin The Ninja | May 29, 2012 at 11:35 am |

        lol! it has quite a perfumey-floral taste, and an insipid texture but really it’s not that bad.

    • um, tuna is a migratory fish – yes, yellowtail too. and these fish swim ast. but fact is, I’m assuming the fish consumed most of their radionuclides from the air, water, and food (yes, just like people in San Diego!). So, no, they probably didn’t beat the travelling radiation. They probably consumed a lot of things that accumulate radionuclides. We were all in the stream. And since kelp in San Diego tested the highest for Fuku-markered Iodine-131 (yes, even higher than the Pacific Northwest which gets the brunt of the jet stream + rain) – so, we can only imagine. Even Florida has had huge spikes. Radiation collects in all ocean levels, we will see it in all types of fish, but yes, especially any migratory Pacific fish as they love travelling back to North Japan…..

      • Jin The Ninja | Jun 10, 2012 at 12:22 am |

        cgrl, i think you mistake yellowtail for ‘yellow fin’ tuna, the only tuna i eat- is atlantic albacore or skipjack. which is noted to be ‘more ethical and sustainable’ – a primary reason i also listed salmon- which is becoming endangered in the wild. i am not naive enough to believe (or is my knowledge of marine ecosystems, biological systems limited enough) that because i avoid a particularly containminated species that i am avoiding all exposure to fukushima radiation. my comment was equal parts jest at my inability to give up sushi and also , equal parts disdain for the industrial complexes that have led to the horrific oceanic and ecosystem containmination i.e. fukushima.

  3. not to worry
    most of the fish in the sea
    will be caught and served into extinction
    by radioactive fishermen
    who are themselves part of a human extinction march off the cliff

  4. teachpeace | May 29, 2012 at 9:20 pm |

    Gives “hot-tuna” for lunch a whole new meaning.

  5. Mutant sushi.

  6. DeepCough | May 30, 2012 at 12:09 pm |

    Will I grow gills if I eat this fish?

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