Report: Pacific tuna tainted by Fukushima radiation
Pacific bluefin tuna are carrying trace elements of radioactive isotopes.
Scientists have found trace elements of radioactive isotopes in Pacific bluefin tuna migrating from coastal Japan to the shores of Southern California, the Wall Street Journal reported Tuesday.
The amount of radioactivity in the fish was one-tenth the level scientists in the United States and Japan considered dangerous. However, the study confirmed the long-term impact that the Fukushima Daiichi nuclear disaster is having on the environment even though the tsunami and subsequent nuclear plant damage took place a year ago.
Scientists will test for radioactive isotopes on additional migrating bluefin tuna, as well as albacore tuna, sea turtles, and several shark species this summer, the Wall Street Journal also reported.
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