Friday, September 27, 2013

Trial Fishing in Iwaki City in #Fukushima to Start, Fish Caught Will Be Sold If They Pass Monitoring (Sampling) Test

It will be the first time in two and a half years since the start of the nuclear accident on March 11, 2011 that fishermen in Iwaki City in southern Fukushima will fish on a "trial" basis.

Also, the fishery association in Soma City, 48 kilometers north of Fukushima I Nuclear Power Plant, will resume its "trial fishing".

When I first read the Kyodo News (9/25/2013) below, it somehow did not occur to me that the fish caught would be sold to the market. I was lulled by the word "trial", and totally forgot that the fishery association in Soma City was selling the fish that they caught in their trial fishing.

In Japanese terminology, a "trial fishing" only means "it is not full operation", whether it is in terms of the number of fishing boats or the number of fish allowed or the number of species allowed. It is a commercial operation in which fishermen are allowed to sell their catch.

First, from Kyodo News on the Soma City fishery association:

福島の試験操業が再開 組合長「やる気示す」

Trial fishing in Fukushima resumes, fishery association head says "we'll show our determination"


Soma/Futaba Fishery Association in northern Fukushima resumed the trial fishing on September 25, as about 20 fishing boats started leaving the Matsukawaura Port (Soma City) at 2AM. The trial fishing was halted because of the contaminated water problem at FUkushima I Nuclear Power Plant. The boats are due to return in the afternoon with their catch.


Hiroyuki Sato, head of the association, told the fishermen before leaving port, "We will have to continue trial fishing to show out determination to TEPCO, the national government, and people in general that 'we are aiming at full operation'."


Masayoshi Hamauchi (age 58), shipowner of Suijin-maru said, "I'm happy to be able to fish. I'm still worried about baseless rumors but we want to show our determination, one step at a time."

While Kyodo News is vague about "trial fishing" (or assumes everyone knows that the fish caught will be sold), Fukushima's local paper Kahoku Shinpo (9/25/2013) makes it clear for us:


The Fishery Association of Fukushima Prefecture held a meeting of association heads on September 24 in Fukushima City, and decided that the Iwaki City fishery association will start trial fishing on October 3. It will be the first trial fishing in the southern Fukushima. It was also decided that the Soma-Futaba fishery association (in Soma City) will resume on September 25.


The decisions were made because the safety [of the catch] was ascertained after the Fukushima prefectural government and TEPCO tested radioactive materials in marine products and ocean water. For now, the Iwaki City fishery association will only catch 16 species including Chlorophthalmus borealis and Enteroctopus dofleini. Monitoring [sampling] tests will be conducted, and if there is no problem [below the national safety standard] they will ship and sell the catch.


Shoichi Yabuki, head of the Iwaki City fishery association, said, "We've been waiting for this trial fishing for two and a half years. We want TEPCO to install thorough countermeasures against contaminated water."

After two and a half years since the accident, fishermen in Fukushima are finally joining farmers in Fukushima - just blame fickle consumers for not buying their stuff.

If consumers have no means of knowing whether the fish they buy at supermarkets are from off the coast of Fukushima, there will be no baseless rumors anyway.


Vyse Legendaire said...

So I wonder if they will label the products with the detected level of Plutonium, Uranium, Strontium and many others? Or they will just say Cesium is OK and then prayer will pick up the slack? Ignorance is strength as they say.

Anonymous said...

Strontium 90 takes an extensive amount of time to test and I doubt that they will be testing for it which makes the whole idea suspect.

Anonymous said...

Determination? More like delusion.

Even baseless rumors are originally based on some form of factual reality.

Anonymous said...

The more I read about these sorry affairs that are Japan post 3/11, the more I am convinced that Japan is hell bent on self destruction.

Fishermen are still using the 'baseless rumors' bs. 2 1/2 years after the disaster there is nothing baseless about it!

Anonymous said...

Friends of us are going back to japan to visit relatives and they are looking forward to eat fish they can not get here... And they know about Fukushima, we talked about it with them, but somehow it doesn't seem to stick to the japanese brain, when food is involved.
To eat food is something you risk your life for in japan...

Anonymous said...

Oh to hell with theses baseless rumours. Where's the line up for the fish!

Anonymous said...

The line up for the fish is next to the line up for the crematorium

Anonymous said...

"Only two things are infinite, the universe and human stupidity, and I'm not sure about the former." Albert Einstein

Anonymous said...

They only sample Cesium, see article on Asahi Shinbun 25 sep 2013, in English

Anonymous said...

"...but somehow it doesn't seem to stick to the japanese brain, when food is involved."

Outside of one close friend, I haven't been able to convince anyone of any country that Fukushima isn't all happy joy like the media made it seem.

Nobody cares. They think it will never affect them in anyway; it's too far away.
Everyone expects it to fix itself.

Anonymous said...

The ALPS purification system was stopped shortly after being restarted because workers forgot a rubber mat inside a tank. The mat had been used alongside with a ladder to work inside the tank.
This is a new low for Tepco in term of careless work. Tepco track record in this area is so bad that I am starting to believe that these cheap attempts to handle the water problem are just a propaganda excercise while they wait for the next earthquake to destroy the tanks and slosh the whole inventory into the sea.


Anonymous said...

Where do your friends live? If it is not Japan I would think they are not affected too much -- until a hurricane or a flood clogs the cooling system and/or damages the external electricity lines from a npp nearby their home (say, 100/200 km).

Anonymous said...

Fukushima may not affect those far away in a direct manner, but it certainly does indirectly. The more people believe that NPP accidents are locally contained events and/or manageable without much visible detriment to anyone, the more they are willing to accept the existence of NPPs, including the one 10 miles up the road from them. And the less they are able or willing to think about the risks and costs involved of maintaining and decommissioning an NPP or dealing with the nuclear waste storage problem, the less they are able or willing to think about viable alternative energy sources.
Whether near or far, Fukushima affects everyone because it affects public (non-)thinking and political policy making.

Anonymous said...

Just to be clear "your friends will not be affected too much" means "to some extent your friends will see their chances of getting cancer or giving birth to malformed kids go up a little bit for the sake of Tepco profits" (according to ICPC there is no safe dose).
If they live 10 miles down the road of an npp they'd better start thinking of moving elsewhere right now...

Anonymous said...

@2:24 PM
All over the world.
Some of them or their relatives have travelled or plan to travel to Japan, too.
Couples, young females, etc. All excited to visit Japan.

As far as I'm concerned, I still think no radiation is better than any radiation. It's ridiculous that people try to downplay risks by comparison.

You know, the nonsense people say, like "you're more likely to get killed in a car accident than by radiation" so that somehow makes it okay to take risks over long periods as long as you don't get hit by a car?

It's not about worrying or fear-mongering, it's about being smart and avoiding unnecessary risks and dangers. Likelihood of fatality is completely irrelevant.

Anonymous said...

Former PM Koizumi (LDP) advocates exit from nuclear generation during a speech to industry representatives in Nagoya.

netudiant said...

Hey arevamirpal::laprimavera, are you OK?
I've been concerned about you ever since that food poisoning episode.
You stepped back into the harness way too quick.

Please take good care of yourself!

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