Bluefin Tuna: No
Need to Worry About Radiation
Worried about eating seafood? Fears are swirling that radiation
leaking into the Pacific from Japan’s Fukushima disaster nearly three years ago
could surface locally as dangerous catches. We’ve been tracking the studies and
issues carefully. The scientific community and the FDA have been working
together to keep any contaminated food from reaching our shores and continue to
It’s safe to stay
in the water
has been shown to have “roughly 300 times lower levels of cesium
137 and 134 (specifically related to Fukushima) than would prompt further
investigation,” according to the FDA.
Revelations in September show that plumes of radioactive
water have been recently released into the waters off Japan. This is never a
good thing but consider:
How vast the ocean is.
That migrating fish rinse out most of the
radiation they’ve been exposed to.
That naturally occurring and man-made radiation
has existed in the seas since the last century.
That, most importantly, on-going studies show
levels are well below any health concerns.
“A person would have to eat more than 4,000 pounds of
albacore tuna at the highest radiation level measured to increase his or her
radiation level by just one percent..." according to Fionna Matheson, a
spokeswoman from NOAA (National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration) in an
article published by the
News in San Diego
(which quotes our fearless leader, Dave Rudie).
Eat local and well
Seafood continues to be an important part of our diet, a
healthy source of protein and other nutrients.
Stay on top of the issue and discuss it with your trusted
fishmongers here at Catalina Offshore Products. We encourage you to seek out
the most recent media coverage.