Study: Fukushima’s melted fish were in high demand

Earth’s oceans teemed with fish and other sea life in the years after Japan’s nuclear disaster in Fukushima, according to a study published Wednesday. There have been complaints from survivors of the 2011 nuclear…

Study: Fukushima’s melted fish were in high demand

Earth’s oceans teemed with fish and other sea life in the years after Japan’s nuclear disaster in Fukushima, according to a study published Wednesday.

There have been complaints from survivors of the 2011 nuclear meltdown about the lack of raw seafood in the region since the meltdowns led to leaks of radioactive material into the water and land.

Tests at government-backed monitoring centers near Fukushima have confirmed elevated levels of contamination at one park and beach, but residents of villages affected by the disaster say their quality of life has still not returned to pre-disaster levels.

Around 90 percent of the more than 6,700 deep-sea fish caught in waters off Fukushima over a six-month period after the meltdowns tested clean, according to a study in the Journal of Marine Biology.

The area, one of the worst-hit in Japan by the 2011 earthquake and tsunami, was already rich in marine life when the three Fukushima reactors melted down.

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