06 Apr '11, 9pm

Radioactive fish found off #Japan's Ibaraki prefecture #nuclear

TOKYO - Fishermen in Ibaraki prefecture, Japan's fifth-largest seafood producer, halted operations after tainted fish were detected south of Fukushima, where radioactive water from a stricken nuclear plant contaminated the sea. About 96 per cent of fishing off the coast of Ibaraki was suspended after sand-lance contaminated with higher-than-acceptable levels of cesium were discovered late on Tuesday, said Mr Tomoki Mashiko, assistant director at the fishing policy division of the prefectural government. Fishing in Ibaraki had been suspended since the March 11 earthquake and tsunami, restarted as early as last Monday, and then suspended again yesterday. Among the fish caught in Ibaraki are ice fish, clams, Japanese needlefish, blue bonito, flatfish, saury, sardines and smelt. A fishing industry group in Fukushima asked Tokyo Electric Power (TEPCO) yesterday to stop dumping ...

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