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    Default Could this be a concern?

    Just saw this story on a local news site and it made me wonder....
    Radioactive bluefin tuna crossed the Pacific to US | ksl.com

    My understanding is that Salmon and Steelhead migrate from their natal waters in Alaska, British Columbia and the Pacific North West up and across the Pacific Ocean, down as far as the Sea Of Japan and back across the Pacific to where they were born. Will these fish pick up radio active contamination as the Blue Fin have? They feed on some of the same things, Baby Squid, etc...

    What say you?

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    Around here, any bluefin that makes it to the docks is bought up and shipped to Japan within hours.
    A good harvest can pay for a new boat and many people fish for them for that reason.
    Japanese consume 80 percent of the world's Pacific and Atlantic bluefin tuna.
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    Interesting.

    It sounds like the levels of radiation are minor, and unlike mercury, not permanent-

    The levels of radioactive cesium were 10 times higher than the amount measured in tuna off the California coast in previous years. But even so, that's still far below safe-to-eat limits set by the U.S. and Japanese governments.

    Previously, smaller fish and plankton were found with elevated levels of radiation in Japanese waters after a magnitude-9 earthquake in March 2011 triggered a tsunami that badly damaged the Fukushima Dai-ichi reactors.

    But scientists did not expect the nuclear fallout to linger in huge fish that sail the world because such fish can metabolize and shed radioactive substances.
    That's good news for us, but who knows if this radioactivity will harm the salmon and steelhead, which are already in decline? They definitely eat the same small squid the bluefin do.
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    I'll be watching for more information on this, in the mean time here's another story from NBC Nightly News.
    msnbc.com Video Player

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    We haven't heard anything about salmon being affected here. My first thought was that perhaps it would make them bigger

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    Quote Originally Posted by Hardyreels View Post
    We haven't heard anything about salmon being affected here. My first thought was that perhaps it would make them bigger
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    Quote Originally Posted by Hardyreels View Post
    We haven't heard anything about salmon being affected here. My first thought was that perhaps it would make them bigger
    It should atleast make them easier to catch at night once they start glowing
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    Swirlchaser you beat me to it...LOL

    You don't see a lot in the news, but my understanding is that at least one of the damaged nuke plants are still spewing radioactive matter to the environment...

    Dan

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    We are what we eat, maybe I won't need a flashlite at night anymore, salmon fishing has been great on the bay this year, I'm not throwing them back at $20.00 a lb.

    Rick

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    Swirl chaser and Dan,

    What is night?? (oh, it's that thing that happens in winter)

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