Press Release

September 7, 2015

Fisheries Research Agency

Publication of a book in English on the findings of radiological surveys conducted by the Fisheries Research Agency

  • The Fisheries Research Agency (FRA) has published a book titled “Impacts of the Fukushima Nuclear Accident on Fish and Fishing Grounds,” which summarizes the results of radiological surveys in the sea and on fish that we have conducted since immediately after the 2011 disaster.

A large amount of radioactive material was released into the sea, rivers and lakes following the Fukushima Daiichi Nuclear Power Plant accident triggered by the Great East Japan Earthquake in 2011. The FRA then immediately established a research system and has since released preliminary radioactivity data that it obtained by measurements in fishery organisms and their habitats on the websites of the FRA and the Fisheries Agency. The efforts by the FRA as well as other prefectural research institutes engaged in radiological surveys led to the establishment of a system, immediately after the accident, that enables only fishery products that have been scientifically confirmed to be safe to be supplied to the market.

By analyzing the survey results, the FRA has revealed the changes in radioactivity in the marine and inland water ecosystems and fishery products in and around Japan, as well as the mechanisms involved. We summarize the findings in this book in English in order to widely disseminate this information globally. This is an open access book published by Springer, which can be downloaded for free via the following link: http://link.springer.com/book/10.1007%2F978-4-431-55537-7

We also plan to publish this book in Japanese.