39 thoughts on “Radiation in the Pacific Ocean

  1. When ever we start talking about food people always get just a little more worked up, they don’t want anyone telling them that they cant have that steak, chicken or fish, and when you tell them it might be safer not to eat it they will usually respond with “watch me”. Radiation is a pretty touchy topic in my opinion, on one had there is radiation every where and we are exposed to it all the time everyday with out even thinking about, but as soon as it is in our food we suddenly become much more aware and have a lot more to say. I believe that there is a “safe” level of radiation for consumption, and probably cannot be completely avoided. With regards to Fukushima and the radiation being leaked into our ocean I think that right now we are not in any danger from our fish and sea food, but if radiation continues to leak into the ocean and doesn’t stop it could potentially make sea food dangerous. Right now this may seem like Japans problem and we may be happy to let them deal with it, but if we sit by and do nothing to help the situation you can kiss your fishy friends good bye! (210)

    • well i defiantly dont want to just kiss my fishy friends good bye! this is true people look over the things that they want too, they dont think about the small amounts of radiation they absorb while talking or texting on there cell phones, or the radiation from there micro waves!

      • I lve your last sentence.. Kiss our fishy friends good bye! that made me laugh. I am so confused on whats true and whats not. I agree with how there radiation every where and we become more aware when it comes to food. Great blog

      • Good point, Gauge. I’ve noticed that, too, that people will freak out about one thing while doing something else that is just as harmful to themselves, or to the environment. Like smoking while eating organic food, that just contradicts each other.

    • Isn’t it funny that people (even me) are touchy about what we can and cannot eat? I hope we don’t have to kiss our fishy friends goodbye. We need them. What would life be like without them? Scary thought.

  2. Be Aware! Be Alert!

    When it comes to environmental disasters, the nuclear fallout at Fukushima is the worst thing that happened in the past few decades. Fukushima can be an out-of-control flow of death and destruction.

    The radiation has been leaking to the Pacific Ocean all along and its not showing signs of stopping just yet. It appears that anywhere from 300 to possibly over 450 tons of contaminated water that contains radioactive iodine, cesium and strontium is flooding into the ocean. Based on my research, Japanese experts estimate Fukushima’s fallout at 20-30 times as high on the Hiroshima and Nagasaki nuclear bombings in 1945.

    What is the effect of this radiation to people? This can be a serious health risk. It will not only affect our health, but also the livelyhood of the people whose jobs are in the food production industry from the farmers & fishermen, right through to the food wholesalers and retailers. It seems that the only way to protect our families and our animals from foods contaminated with radiation from Fukushima is to stay well informed and be aware about where the food we choose to eat is imported from.

    • i agree this is a scary thought to have all these health risks and waste dumped into our ocean but what can we do to help stay healthy? or stop the waste dumping?

      • How can we stop the waiste from going into the ocean.. Thats what I want to know.. Great blog, reading this made me freak out and not want to eat anything.

    • I like how you include specific facts and information here. I think this is extra important in a blog, so that it’s not just ranting.

  3. Will the radiation from fukushima kill you? Scientists say that it wont, unless your standing close enough to the reactors, and that the radiation levels are not as bad as what is already in the ocean. from one point of view (the scientists) they see no harm in dumping all the waste into the water because they say it will dilute it and that the ocean is already radioactive. The scientists say that the level of radiation is only increasing by .001% every month. On another point of view (mine) I think that no level of radiation increase per month is healthy, this effects our ocean negatively and harms the sea life that lives in the ocean. This is a problem that is contentiously getting larger and more out of control the radioactive waters are suppose to reach the western shores of america in 2014 and peak in 2016, that means the waters have already passed hawaii and are on there way to the coasts of California, Oregon, and Washington. Will the radioactive waters make it unsafe to surf? Unsafe to eat fish? only time will tell.

    • Do you know which scientist are saying each fact? Wonderful ending, because with all the issues now days only time will tell for it all.

    • I like your point that “no level of radiation increase per month is healthy.” It seems that there’s so many bad things in this world that we tend to put them “into perspective,” kinda like saying “hey at least it’s only THIS much radiation instead of THAT much.” And yes, only time will tell when it comes to radiation; effects of such usually don’t show until years have passed.

    Regarding the Fukushima fish scare: don’t jump to conclusions or make hasty decisions. Be your own detective so that your decision is the right one for you. After reading two articles with differing viewpoints from class, I went hunting.
    “Eating Fish Won’t Turn You Mutant” is a great reminder about the credibility of a source. Just because something is passed around on Facebook doesn’t make it true. Like the writer, investigate the facts. Don’t add to the rumor mongering. Get informed and then decide.
    “Tailing Tuna” is an article from Scientific American stating that they found evidence of radiation in blue-fin tuna but the levels are not harmful to humans. I’m doubtful. How credible is Scientific American? Where do I check their credibility?
    I researched via the internet. Some websites I visited were http://www.osha.gov/SLTC/radiation, http://www.worldnews.nbcnews.com, http://www.hawaiinewsnow.com, http://www.ecowatch.com/2013/fusushima, and http://www.livescience.com/32820-what-everyday-things-around-us-are-radioactive.html. Do I know if these sources are truthful and accurate? No, but, I believe they’re more accurate than Wikipedia. Also, I am looking for patterns. Are enough seemingly accurate sources saying the same thing? If not, what are the differing views and why?
    Radiation doesn’t scare me as much since I learned that our bodies are absorbing small amounts of radiation every day from nature (sun), microwaves (a staple in my kitchen) and electronics (cell phones, computers) with no harm. Caution will be used before consuming seafood: avoiding tuna for a while but not fish or seafood caught in US waters. Keeping informed is important as the after effects of the Fukushima event is still unfolding every day.
    Being my own detective gives me a sense of peace and comfort. With knowledge and understanding comes wisdom and I can live with the decisions I make. (294)

    • I like this blog (especially the title) because you give the reader a choice: to eat fish or not. In fact, you even invite the reader to do a bit of research themselves. And I agree, I feel more comfortable with coming to a conclusion if I research things myself rather than letting others tell me their own conclusions. Inviting people to research issues such as this themselves is a great way to encourage people to get involved and get informed. Great blog! 🙂

  5. Radiation in fish? This cannot be happening. Before reading any of this I thought that radiation was an issue but not a big deal like this.. Radiation is spreading throughout the ocean and it is infecting our fish! I eat fish almost every day, so once I heard this I flipped out! Although, I still ate fish the next day. It’s a natural thing for me, fish is awesome! But to know you’re eating radiation.. Now how does that feel? In Joe Martino’s article, Gary Stamper had said that “about 300-450 tons of water contains radioactive iodine, cesium, and strontium.” So does this mean when I’m eating fish I’m eating chemicals? Or do they test the fish? If our ocean is contaminated then does that mean we can no longer swim? Is there any way to fix this? Because as of right now I have no hope for the ocean, but I cannot give up my fish.

    • Fish is awesome? Fish are awesome? I eat a lot of fish too. But have hope for the ocean

    • With all the information we get, and all the information we have access to, you are RIGHT that what’s important is to know how to navigate all of it, and how to, in the end, make your own choice. That choice, remember, is based on evaluating not just the facts but the rhetoric of the claims being made: what is the credibility of the source (that’s ethos), does it make sense (logos), and does it “click” with your own prior knowledge, your own fears and interests (pathos)? In the end you have to trust your own decision, and that is what epistemic rhetoric is, creating your own understanding of the world of information. This creates the reality in which you live. Thanks for your detective work on this Rebecca! I like the suggestion to take it easy on tuna for a little but, while not overly freaking out.

    • It is scary to think that eating fish is eating radiation. This was my fear when I heard about Fukushima and the fish articles. But, maybe it will help, if you realize that we are surrounded by radiation every day (ex. the sun, microwaves, computers, etc.). It seems that radiation in small doses are fine. I think the best that we can do, is keep aware and informed. Be sure that you’re comfortable with the choices you are making.

  6. When I read about the radioactive spill from the Fukushima nuclear power point, I thought to myself is this true? I live smack dab in the middle of the Pacific Ocean. I eat fish all the time! What information is true?
    In an article, Eating fish won’t turn you mutant, Dr. Ken Buesseler, a scientist at the Woods Hole Oceanographic Institute, states “if additional radiation, particularly strontium-90, gets into the groundwater and can’t be contained, we could be looking at a more serious problem. But at least for now, there’s no reason to stop eating seafood from the Pacific; particularly if it’s caught by U.S. fishermen, who operate under some of the strictest sustainability standards in the world.” How do I know if fish have additional radiation? That doesn’t help me know if I can eat fish or not.
    Now, in a website Fukushima: Your Days of Eating Pacific Ocean Fish Are Over,
    August 29, 2013 by Joe Martino states “It now appears that anywhere from 300 to possibly over 450 tons of contaminated water that contains radioactive iodine, cesium, and strontium-89 and 90, is flooding into the Pacific Ocean from the Fukushima Daichi site everyday.” This makes me not want to eat fish at all, but is this proven?
    Both readings sound quit convincing, yet both don’t tell me what exactly is true or not. I really want to know what the real results are because this issue is very scary. I hope scientists prove what is truly happening and I pray that the government tells the truth instead of hiding information from us.

    • 265 word count

    • Good blog, I like how you used the articles from class. However, this blog kinda got me nowhere in regards to radiation. I agree, it’s difficult to tell how accurate or truthful each article is (after all, everything is written by someone, and everyone has an opinion that drives them). I think that you could do a little research yourself and report what “real results” you find from sources that are credible.

  7. Radiation in the ocean don’t only affect our “Fishy Friends”, but also other living organism in the water. Coral is a living thing, but not considered “fishy”. Coral takes up less than 1% of the entire ocean floor, but quantity doesn’t always equal quality. Coral sustains an estimated 25 % + of marine life and species that inhabit the estimated 70% of water on this planet.
    Don’t get me wrong, it’s not that I don’t like fish, I LOVE fish. I just think we should also be aware of the other things that are affected with radiation. Without coral and tiny organisms that are also present in the ocean’s ecosystem, fish would be the last thing on our list instead of our first priority. I feel we, as ordinary, everyday people, need to start taking a stand in what’s going on in our environment; it’s not just the government’s duty, but also ours. Living in Hawaii means we are SURROUNDED by the Pacific Ocean, which also means, it’s part of our responsibility to spread awareness about the radiation in our home waters’.
    Radiation will have, and has had a negative impact on the ocean. We should try and change that; make a positive impact from a negative one. At the rate that radiation is spreading, it’s traveling too fast for comfort.

    • What a great point. I like how your blog expands our conversation to consider other living things in the ocean. We are so human-centric and that’s the problem, isn’t it.

    • Yes, radiation in the ocean will affect more than fish. I like your comment that the environment is not just the government’s duty but ours as well. Wouldn’t be great if each of us did our part in protecting and improving the environment? Small steps equals change.

    • Excellent blog!! I really like how you go beyond just “fish” and “humans” and extend this conversation to coral and other ocean-dwelling organisms as well. I really like how you wrote that ordinary people are also responsible for taking care of the environment. We need to be aware of what’s happening in our own backyards, especially since we literally live in the middle of the ocean (therefore, in the middle of all this radiation).

  8. Fear not, Americans, for your sushi is safe. I implore you to stop spreading mass confusion through dramatic misunderstandings and inaccurate maps. Circulating misconceptions cause the truth to be unrealized in the public eye.
    The truth is that while the waters immediately surrounding Fukushima are still too contaminated for consumption, according to National Geographic News, these radiation levels decrease significantly by the time the currents reach America. In their September 2013 report, the FDA states that the traces of radiation found on America’s west coast aren’t enough to prove harmful for humans. Also, don’t worry, it’s very unlikely that radioactive fish from Fukushima will end up on your plate, as all incoming seafood (imported and fished alike) undergo intensive screening by the FDA before it even touches the US market.
    Once again, your seafood is safe! The trace amounts of radiation on our side of the ocean and in fish that ARE contaminated aren’t enough to pose a threat. To top it all off, food screenings prevent any foods too radioactive for consumption from entering the US at all.
    In regards to Fukushima’s impact on Japan, there’s still a lot to be done about the situation (stopping the occasional leak, purifying nuclear ground-zero, etc.). But in regards to Fukushima’s impact on American seafood, let’s just say that you can eat fish without having to worry about growing a third eye any time soon.
    Now excuse me while I go finish my Kozo sushi. (243 words)

    http://www.fda.gov/newsevents/publichealthfocus/ucm247403.htm#new (FDA report)

    http://news.nationalgeographic.com/news/energy/2013/08/130807-fukushima-radioactive-water-leak/ (National Geographic News)

    • Strong logos, Dymond, and also pathos, the way you target the audience’s fear and priority on sushi, reiterating and directly answering our direct concern.

    • I enjoy reading your blogs because you always have a strong point of view. While I agree with most of you said, I hope people realize that they have to keep aware. The latest news report states that Fukushima is leaking more than the government had realized or let on. Also, Inouwie’s blog gives us a great reminder that it’s not just the government’s duty but all of ours to make sure the food we eat is safe. Besides, do you really trust the government 100%.

    • I sure hope my sushi is safe!!!! I live off of fish lol.I like how you took a humorous turn on this blog.

  9. I never cared much about my health. After reading an article about how our water is contaminated; I personally can’t believe that I’ve done at least one thing to take care of myself. Use filters. That’s one thing I can think of right off the spot. It may not take all that radiation out of the water, but it sure does take out something. Towards ice making, cooking rice, or even washing your dishes don’t you think you’re contaminating your body at a higher chance by not using filters? Spend a lot of money on filters or spend your money at a hospital.

    • Should I really put a water filter on my house? What kind? How much does that cost? I totally drink tap water all the time. Your blog makes me concerned about this but doesn’t tell me what exactly to do. Did you install a water filter this weekend? If you just scare people without creating action, you can actually end up having a reverse psychology effect on the reader, since they will just give up.

    • I think I understand what you’re talking about; spend money on filters to help prevent us from drinking contaminated water, or spend money on the medical bill when we get sick. It’s kind of a big leap, though, and the way you write this, it doesn’t really sound like you’re giving me a choice (which I guess, is the point). But is using filters the only way to stop us from drinking radioactive water? Maybe there are others ways to promote public health, ways that have to do with dealing with the contamination at the source or purifying our oceans.

  10. Safe over Taste
    Nausea, fatigue, vomiting, diarrhea, and cancer – all are side effects of radiation, radiation that has increased in many types of fish since the Fukushima disaster. Scientists and governments say that this radiation won’t kill anyone. They encourage that fish is safe to eat, even with the increased radiation. Perhaps for the average adult consumer, they are correct. However, children are especially susceptible to radiation, radiation that can have effects even in long-term small doses.
    In response to radiation being released in the air, water, and then subsequently infecting food, including fish, the Japanese government simply raised the safe, acceptable radiation levels. Interestingly, though the government’s words state that they are unalarmed, their actions in furtive cleaning of radiation sites speak otherwise. If increased radiation was so safe, why is the government scrambling to cleanse and make it safer for their citizens?
    Sadly, the Fukushima disaster has not truly ended. Radiation will continue to be released and the environment will continue to be harmed. We, as inhabitants at the world, cannot cease to drink water, breathe air, or farm, though all things may contain harmful radiation for ourselves and our families. However, we can take as many preventative measures as possible to limit our radiation: reducing, or completely eliminating, our intake of possibly contaminated seafood. Are we really willing to put our families, our children, at risk simply for the taste of a fresh fish?

    • You have a reasonable chain of “logos” here, but I’m left unsure if i should feed my children fish, or not. just because the japanese government uppded their radiation safety levels, what does that mean for fish I might be eating? You kind of end up confusing two arguments: one about children and one about radiation levels. Great points, though.

  11. What to Believe
    Do you love fish, eel, crab, squid, octopus? If so would you keep eating it even if you knew about the nuclear fallout at Fukushima? Being a seafood lover it would be hard to even think about all the radiation that could be in my food. I mean come on now, some of us need the fish to stay healthy. Doctors tell us that we need to eat it for the protein, and because we need more of what’s in it, but now should we try to avoid it because of the radiation? Yes I’ve heard that the scientist don’t think it’s harmful, but only for now. Fish has become a huge part of our lives and with this radiation in the water it could possibly spread throughout the world. The current could carry it to all parts of the world and then what? If we’re lucky we could end up like me, not being able to move because your stomach won’t allow you to stand, not be able to do anything because you have body aches, and you’re too tired to even move anyways. I think it’s about time we stop dumping things into the ocean. When was it ever okay to just dump rubbish and chemicals into someone’s home? I know the scientist might not see it now, but are we going to have to pay later for what they did by dumping all that waste into the ocean? We may never get to swim in it again.

    • I would cry if I could never be able to swim in the ocean again.. That’s a terrible thought.

    • whoa, slow down a bit! logos: are you saying the currents will eventually carry the radiation around the ocean? pathos: are you saying I should not swim in the ocean? ethos: what do you mean “be like me”, do you have a stomach condition, and if you do, was it caused by environmental pollution? You are mixing strategies and the result is kind of scary to my brain!

    • I have always thought the same, when was it ever okay to use the ocean as dumping site? We tend to think because the ocean is vast that somehow all the bad stuff will just disappear. Out of sight, out of mind. Hopefully, as people are being made aware, good habits and good thinking will start good changes.

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