After a 4-year program of monitoring radiation in our fishing grounds off of Baja California, it is apparent that we will not be affected by Fukushima’s radiation. As beautiful as the Pacific Ocean looks above the surface, the concern is what is being transported invisibly in the water that may end up in the marine resources that Seagate processes and we consume …. and to the fish that live there.
Seagate operates fishing boats and has divers working along the coast of Baja California harvesting different marine resources including kelp, anchovies and sardines. A customer named Earl L. recently wrote to us about his concerns regarding Fukushima’s radiation, and how it affects our marine products, specifically the Fish Fertilizer. Obviously Earl did not want to be adding radiation to his garden and growing tomatoes that might glow in the dark.
Earl wrote: ” I’m concerned about radiation contamination from the reactor in Japan that seems to be causing problems with the marine life . Have you checked for radiation in the fertilizer?”
Seagate responded: Hello Earl,
We check for radiation regularly in each batch of our seaweed, which filters the seawater and which is a better monitor of radiation in these waters. You can view the lab reports for the last 3 years on our seaweed webpage. Scroll down to Radiation Monitoring.
Since there has not been any radiation detected in the 3 years we have been monitoring for Fukishima’s discharge, and if the 2015 analysis does not show any further indications of radiation, we will discontinue monitoring as of 2016. As we had expected, we are too far away and the factors involved have protected us: the vast size of the Pacific Ocean has caused dilution of any radiation; and the Coriolis Effect is so strong that the currents take the flow of water away from our coastline. The result is we have not been impacted by Fukushima’s ongoing radiation leakage.
Perhaps the best sensor of any radiation or other contaminants in our local ocean is seaweed. Seagate Seaweed has checked out as being 100% free of radiation since we began monitoring in 2011.
As responsible citizens of our planet, our concerns about the health of our oceans should not only be for the resources that we consume from it. We should also always be aware of the creatures that share our planet, are living underwater and that are affected by the wastes that human beings inadvertently or purposely dump into the sea.