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Science
Vol. 338 no. 6106 pp. 480-482
DOI: 10.1126/science.1228250
  • Perspective
Ecology

Fishing for Answers off Fukushima

  1. Ken O. Buesseler
  1. Woods Hole Oceanographic Institution, Woods Hole, MA 02543, USA.
  1. E-mail: kbuesseler{at}whoi.edu

Summary

The triple disaster of the 11 March 2011 earthquake, tsunami, and subsequent radiation releases at Fukushima Dai-ichi were, and continue to be, unprecedented events for the ocean and for society. More than 80% of the radioactivity from Fukushima was either blown offshore or directly discharged into the ocean from waters used to cool the nuclear power plants (1). Although offshore waters are safe with respect to international standards for radionuclides in the ocean (2), the nuclear power plants continue to leak radioactive contaminants into the ocean (3); many near-shore fisheries remain closed. What are the prospects for recovery?