Report: “Worst he’s ever seen” says Alaska boat captain — Fishermen “talking about Fukushima… convinced it has something to do with it” — Salmon “not showing up… many have lesions or worms and parasites” — Crabs “more easily damaged… a lot of dead catch” — Herring, cod, halibut, pollock catches “dropping off cliff”

Thursday, July 31, 2014
By Paul Martin
July 31st, 2014

Green Roots (Daily Kos), by CanisMaximus, July 29, 2014 (emphasis added): Alaska Fisheries In Midst Of An Economic Collapse — And not one politician is talking about it. But fisherman […] people in the villages […] People who rely on outfitting the boats, who repair boats; the fish buyers and brokers […] cannery workers, the roe packers, and all the ancillary businesses. They’re talking about it. And what they are talking about is ocean acidification. My daughter is a customer service rep at a major company. She deals with customers from all over the state […] she hears a LOT of ‘local’ news from people […] since the opening of the herring fishery and the salmon fisheries, [it’s] been about the failure of the runs. […] One captain with whom my daughter spoke said it’s the worst he’s ever seen. He’s hauled maybe 5 tons when he should have had 100-120 thousand pounds. […] The salmon just aren’t showing up, especially Reds and Kings. Many have lesions or worms and parasites. The crabs they are seeing are more easily damaged and there is a lot of ‘dead catch’ […] many of the old-timers are talking about Fukushima too. She says these guys are convinced it has something to do with it. Other fisheries and species are also dropping off the cliff (herring, rock cod, ling cod, halibut, pollock) […]

KDLG, July 9, 2014: Concerns of radiation from [Fukushima] affecting Alaskan seafood has been ruled out by the US Food & Drug Administration. […] State Veterinarian Robert Gerlach says the concern in the public was that the radiation would pass via water and through the fish. […] there is little radiation in the fish from the explosion. The only radiation found in the sample did not pose a health risk. >> Full broadcast here

Reports from other government agencies:

NOAA/GEOMAR: After about 2 years… the northern edge has begun to enter the Bering Sea
Fisheries and Oceans Canada: Why Measure 137Cs in Arctic? Pacific water contaminated with Fukushima 137Cs flows through Bering Strait
Dept. of Energy: Monitoring at Amchitka [Alaska] Appears to Show Impacts from Fukushima

Recent reports from Alaska:

Official: “Big, big decline” in Alaska caribou — “Mortality very high” after Fukushima began
‘Mystery disease’ on Pacific coast of Alaska — Livers ‘crumble’… Hearts enlarged, pale… Yellow lymph nodes… Blood-filled lungs (PHOTOS) — Professor: Worrying there’s no answers, big public health concern — Testing carcasses for Fukushima radioactivity (AUDIO)
Over 50 dead seals, sea lions, whales, walrus recently stranded in Alaska — Dozens of seals suffering from baldness, skin sores — Experts: “Marine transported Fukushima radionuclides… may represent a new stressor to ecosystem”
Professor: Concern that Fukushima is impacting Alaska; “Unusual animals showing up dead… Seals w/ unknown disease… 1st ever cases of avian cholera”

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