20 Apr '11, 10pm

Soshiok.com - Japan bans catching konago fish off Fukushima

Soshiok.com - Japan bans catching konago fish off Fukushima

JAPAN on Wednesday formally banned the shipment and consumption of a small fish caught off its Fukushima prefecture where a crippled nuclear power plant has leaked radioactive water into the sea. The ban applied to a small fish known as konago, or sand lance, the health ministry said. Fishing fleets in the area had already refrained from catching the species since elevated radiation levels were found earlier this month. Since the March 11 earthquake and tsunami hit and damaged the plant, forcing dousing operations at its reactors, some radioactive runoff has leaked and low-level contaminated water has had to be dumped in the sea. Officials have said that ocean currents would quickly dilute the contaminants, radioactive iodine and caesium, and said there was no wider threat to the marine environment or public health from eating seafood. Japan imposed a new limit of 2,000 be...

Full article: http://www.soshiok.com/article/15300

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