Fukushima fishing resumes

25 Sep 2013

The Soma Futaba fisheries cooperative is continuing with fishing trials off the coast of Fukushima, following tests that conclude that the radioactive levels of the fish are safe.

The Japan Daily Press reports that the Fukushima Prefectural Federation of Fisheries Cooperative Associations tested 100 fish and seafood products and found that 95 did not contain radioactive materials, while the remaining five were within the limit set by the government.

Fish caught today will go on sale tomorrow (26 September).

Tetsu Nozaki, chairman of the prefectural fishing federation, said that selling the products is the first step towards getting the trust of consumers, however, this news comes 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.

It remains to be seen whether consumers will have enough faith in the tests to actually buy the fish, but only products that are confirmed safe will go on sale.