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Weekly Overview: Further Fukushima Radiation Leaks Spark Fish Contamination Fears

Lucy Towers
03 September 2013, at 1:00am

ANALYSIS - News of further leaks of radioactive water at the Fukushima power plant in Japan have sparked more fear over the safety of seafood in the vicinity. In response to the news, Japan has already suspended all fishery operations off the coast of Fukushima.

Despite its geographical closeness to Japan, the South Korean government has stated that South Korean fish products are completely safe from radiation, adding that it will take 10 more years for the contaminated water to reach the country.

"The Ministry of Food and Drug Safety is thoroughly monitoring locally produced products and those from deep-sea fishing, and the tests have so far found no products with any problem," Eom Ki-doo, head of the National Fishery Products Quality Management Service, told YonhapNewsAgency.

A new report from the Alaska Seafood Marketing Institute has measured the impact of Alaska’s seafood industry on the US economy. 

The report found that the combined value of Alaska seafood exports and the retail value of Alaska seafood sold in the US totalled an estimated $6.4 billion.

One important factor pointed out in the report is that seafood is Alaska’s most valuable renewable resource and, with responsible stewardship, jobs created by the industry can be passed down from generation to generation.

In aquaculture news, the state of Delaware in the US has now got the go-ahead for shellfish aquaculture in its Inland Bays.

Governor Markell signed a House Bill to permit aquaculture after a 14-month effort by a diverse committee of experts and stakeholders explored the potential of shellfish aquaculture and addressed the challenges of the project.