by Sandra Pearce
A marine scientist has revealed that levels of radioactivity in fish near Japan’s damaged Fukushima nuclear plant are higher than expected. He warns the fish could be too radioactive to eat for a decade, as samples show that radioactivity levels remain elevated and show little sign of coming down.
According to a paper published in the journal Science, large and bottom-dwelling species carry most risk, which means cod, flounder, halibut, pollock, skate and sole.
Ken Buesseler, senior scientist at the Woods Hole Oceanographic Institution in the US, wrote the paper titled Fishing For Answers Off Fukushima and said his findings showed how difficult it was to predict the outcome of a nuclear incident.
The Fukushima nuclear reactors suffered a series of radiation leaks when their cooling systems failed following the catastrophic earthquake and tsunami that struck Japan in March 2011.
It is the world’s worst nuclear accident since Chernobyl, in Ukraine in 1986.