Radioactive Japanese eels

This 2015 video says about itself:

A Japanese fisherman has reeled in a HUGE wolffish – and it has raised concerns about the effects of the Fukushima nuclear disaster in 2011.

From, May 8 2012:

Wild eel caught with high levels of radioactive cesium

Above normal radioactive cesium levels were detected in wild eel caught in Ibaraki prefecture, north of Tokyo, resulting in the government suspending shipments from the area for the first time.

Ibaraki prefecture catches the most wild eel in the entire country, and the Kasumigaura area is especially well known for producing eel.

Lately, eel from Kasumigaura in Ibaraki prefecture were found to have radioactive cesium levels of 180 becquerel (Bq) per kilogram, while eels from the Nakagawa river system and surrounding ponds were found with 110 Bq per kilogram.

Because these numbers are above the new standards implemented in April, the government issued a suspension on shipments of eel from the Ibaraki area.

Tuna carry Fukushima radiation to California: here.

23 thoughts on “Radioactive Japanese eels

    • Thanks for commenting.

      Best wishes for the health of people in Japan!

      I note at least two bits of corporate media propaganda about nuclear energy prove to be untrue:

      1. Internationally, supporters of nuclear energy pre-Fukushima used to hold up Japan as an example (Japan had the most modern nuclear reactors in the world; so “very unlike Chernobyl” etc. blah blah blah blah).

      2. At the moment, not one nuclear reactor is working in Japan. Pro-nuclear media used to say that if that would happen, then the sky would fall and the most horrible disasters would happen. Well, there is still energy for lighting etc, in Japan. Some disasters, like the radioactive eels, do happen. But not because the nuclear shutoff, but because of TEPCO’s Fukushima.


      • YES! So true. People here want to be energy efficient and conserve, but there is a concerted campaign by the government and the energy providers to scare people into believing this summer will be one, long rolling black out. Truth is, they are worried that the Japanese people will realise how unnecessary nuclear power really is. I’m really hoping to see Japan push even harder towards renewables, so there is some silver lining to this horrible disaster.


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    People hoping to enjoy kabayaki grilled unagi eel in a special soy-based sauce at the peak of the summer heat–July 22 being this year’s “Doyo no Ushi,” a traditional eel-eating day–will feel the effect of a recent surge in domestic eel prices.

    Due to a poor catch for the fourth year in a row, the trading price for young eels, or elvers, has broken last year’s record of about 2.14 million yen per kilogram. The price of live adult eels has also risen.

    While many restaurants specializing in eel kabayaki are compelled to raise their prices, competition with restaurant chains selling cheap imported eel has forced the closure of some old stores.

    According to the Tokyo unagi kabayaki traders’ association, there were about 130 unagi restaurants in the capital in 2003, but there are only 95 today. Old shops run by individual owners have been the likeliest to close in recent years, according to the association.


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