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Experimental Fishing in Japan

Photographer: Franck Robichon


Three trawlers from the fishing port of Onahama in Iwaki, Fukushima Prefecture, Japan, took part in a weekly experimental fishing some 40 kilometers away from the crippled Fukushima Daiichi nuclear plant and in waters deeper than 135 meters.


Leaving in the middle of the night, the boats return to their ports before noon loaded with a variety of species listed by the local fishing cooperative, including squid, octopus and some 15 species of fish.


Samples taken from the catch are tested for radioactive contamination by the fishing cooperative with its own radiation monitoring apparatus. If the samples have radioactivity levels under 50 becquerel/kg, the catch is sold on the local market.


The coast off Iwaki is known to be one of the best fishing area in Japan but continuous highly radioactive water leak into the ocean from the Fukushima Daiichi Nuclear Power Plant is contaminating fishing grounds and leaving fishermen out of work.


Japan marks the 3rd anniversary of the 11 March 2011 tsunami and nuclear disaster.