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AsahinaKimi Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Wed Apr-06-11 09:44 PM
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They already lost homes, boats now they may not be able to fish
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Last order?: A chef serves fatty tuna rolls at a sushi restaurant in Tokyo on Tuesday. Fishermen near the Fukushima No. 1 nuclear plant are worried that leakage of radioactive water into the ocean could cost them their livelihoods.


Fishermen who lost their homes and boats on March 11 now fear radioactive water gushing into the Pacific from the crippled Fukushima No. 1 nuclear plant could cost them their livelihoods.

The contaminated water has raised concerns about the safety of seafood, prompting the government to set limits for the first time on the amount of radiation permitted in fish.

Authorities insisted the radioactive water would dissipate and posed no immediate threat to sea creatures or people who eat them, and most experts agree.

But even though the new standards are being adopted as a precaution, the mere suggestion that seafood from Japan could be at any risk stirred worries throughout the fishing industry.

http://search.japantimes.co.jp/cgi-bin/nn20110407a6.htm...
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ixion Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Wed Apr-06-11 09:50 PM
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1. "most experts"
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hayu_lol Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Wed Apr-06-11 09:56 PM
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3. While local waters may remain radioactive for some time...
the fishing fleets in Japan may have to range further offshore. Fish are a staple of the Japanese diet so a way will be found to range further to sea or even temporarily base many of the larger ships at Okinawa.

Takes time to make such decisions and put new plans into play.
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Shagbark Hickory Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Wed Apr-06-11 09:53 PM
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2. Not only them. American fisherman are worried about these glow in the dark radioactive fish.
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SoCalDem Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Wed Apr-06-11 09:59 PM
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4. I can see the Japanese diet changing significantly
They may be eating imported food for a very long time...starchy, shelf stable foods....foods like corn & wheat.

Vegetables grown there may be contaminated for a very long time, and fish too..

This could have two consequences.. They will either have to go even further to fish (territorial waters issues are always prickly), or lie about the safety of fish, and risk poisoning their customers.

What little farm land they have may lie fallow out of fear, for a long time.

Watch prices go way up here, and the gamblers see an opportunity to gouge people when they sell corn & wheat..

Next up.. $10 Corn Flakes here :(

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Art_from_Ark Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Wed Apr-06-11 10:46 PM
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5. Some observations from 100 miles from Ground Zero
Japan already imports close to 60% of its food, so importing a little more probably won't be noticed so much.

Food that is grown in the open near the reactors is being and will be affected. However, Japan's breadbasket for farm products like potatoes and dairy products, the island of Hokkaido, is largely unaffected, as are the vast majority of farming areas west of Tokyo. Also, many winter foods are grown in greenhouses, so just about any greenhouse-grown product outside of Fukushima will be OK .

The farmers in Fukushima Prefecture will undoubtedly be hurt substantially, and farmers in Ibaraki Prefecture will also feel a lot of pain from this, but farmers in most other prefectures likely will not be affected on a large scale.

Prickly territorial waters issues are nothing new to Japan-- there have been ongoing spats with Russia, South Korea, and most recently China about islands and the waters around them. But Japan's own territorial waters are actually quite extensive-- they cover an area many times larger than the country's land area. The areas shown in light blue on this map show Japanese exclusive economic zones.



Also, most of the ocean to the east of these zones is international.

The fisherman in eastern Fukushima, as well as parts of Ibaraki and Miyagi, may have farther to go for fishing, or give up the trade altogether. I can also envision Iwate and eastern Aomori prefectures being affected as well (especially Iwate, with all that debris from the tsunami in the water). But fishermen in other parts of the country probably won't be affected so much.
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