The fisheries trial off the coast of Fukushima are set to resume today after tests conducted show that “radioactive levels of the fish are not an issue and that they are safe,” according to the Fukushima Prefectural Federation of Fisheries Cooperative Associations. This is a month after utility operator Tokyo Electric Power Co (TEPCO) revealed there was a leak of contaminated water at the crippled Fukushima Daiichi nuclear plant.
They tested 100 fish and seafood product and found that 95 did not contain any radioactive materials, while the remaining 5 had less than one-tenth of the 100 becquerels limit set by the government. The co-op said that the trials resumed at 2:00 AM on Wednesday, with the Soma Futaba fisheries cooperative that will cover the northern part of the seas in Fukushima. Whatever they catch will be sold on Thursday, with some part of it to be sold outside the prefecture.
However, whether or not the consumers will actually trust the tests enough to buy the fish remains to be seen. News about how TEPCO seems to be unable to control the situation at the plant may affect the perception of the people. But according to Tetsu Nozaki, chairman of the prefectural fishing federation, selling the products is the first step towards getting the trust of the consumers. The trial operations will only cover a certain area of the seas and only products that will be confirmed safe will be shipped to go on sale.
[ via Kyodo News ]