Record cesium level found in Fukushima fish

March 01, 2013

THE ASAHI SHIMBUN

A record concentration of radioactive cesium--5,100 times the government's food safety standard--was detected in a fish caught near the crippled Fukushima No. 1 nuclear plant, the plant’s operator said Feb. 28.

Tokyo Electric Power Co. said the reading of 510,000 becquerels per kilogram in the greenling is the highest ever recorded in the utility’s seafood sampling surveys following the March 2011 disaster at the nuclear plant.

The finding was announced Feb. 28 at a meeting of leaders of the Fukushima Prefectural Federation of Fisheries Cooperative Associations.

The greenling was found caught Feb. 17 in a gill net at the mouth of the plant's port. The net was installed to prevent fish from drifting outside.

A rockfish found caught Feb. 15 in a cage net along a wharf in the port produced a reading of 277,000 becquerels per kilogram, according to TEPCO.

TEPCO told the fisheries federation that it will step up measures to contain radioactive fish.

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The port of the Fukushima No. 1 nuclear power plant in July 2012 (Asahi Shimbun file photo)

The port of the Fukushima No. 1 nuclear power plant in July 2012 (Asahi Shimbun file photo)

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  • The port of the Fukushima No. 1 nuclear power plant in July 2012 (Asahi Shimbun file photo)

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