A Seattle fish company had some of their fish privately tested in late 2013. With all the US government agencies refusing to test anything and growing consumer anxiety due to the lack of information, Loki Fish company paid for private testing.
This is some of the only North American seafood testing done. While the current findings of these limited samples is somewhat good news, more testing is needed to have a better understanding of the situation across a large geographic area of ocean. These are a “snapshot” of a much larger picture. More testing should be done by more parties and done over time to understand the potential progression of radionuclides in the environment. Artificial isotopes like cesium 137, 134 or strontium 90 should not be ingested, even in small amounts ideally. Even small amounts have the potential to add to health damage that can cause cancer and other health problems over time.
What Loki Fish found in their testing was out of seven samples, five were below the level of detection and two had low levels of cesium. One sample had cesium 134, a marker that confirms at least that contamination came from Fukushima Daiichi due to the short half life. The two with detectable levels were:
- Alaskan Keta at 1.4Bq/kg for Cesium 137
- Alaskan Pink at 1.2Bq/kg for Cesium 134
The other five samples that were below the detection level were:
- Coho – Southeast Alaska
- Sockeye – Southeast Alaska
- King – Southeast Alaska
- Pink – Puget Sound
- Keta – Puget Sound
Copies of the actual test results can be found here: