Alaska seafood still safe after Fukushima

Continued testing of Alaska fish confirms that the quality of Alaska seafood has not been impacted by Japan’s Fukushima nuclear disaster, which came in the wake of a devastating 2011 earthquake and tsunami, Alaska officials said Nov. 30.

Confirmation came in a statement from the Alaska Department of Environmental Conservation, which said studies had been coordinated with the Alaska Department of Health and Social Services Division of Public Health, plus other state, federal and international entities to address continued public concerns.

DEC was able to partner with the Food and Drug Administration to have Alaska fish sampled and tested for Fukushima-related radionuclides and report test results to the public, DEC said. All test results showed “non-detect” for radionuclides associated with the Fukushima nuclear disaster, the agency said.

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Samuel Hill

Samuel Hill is the former associate editor for National Fisherman. He is a graduate of the University of Southern Maine where he got his start in journalism at the campus’ newspaper, the Free Press. He has also written for the Bangor Daily News, the Outline, Motherboard and other publications about technology and culture.

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