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DEC says Alaska fish are safe to eat

Posted: January 23, 2014 - 9:31pm  |  Updated: January 24, 2014 - 1:57pm

The Department of Environmental Conservation isn’t actively testing fish for radiation, Commissioner Larry Hartig told the Senate Natural Resources Committee on Wednesday.

A radiation leak from a nuclear power plant in Japan after a March 2011 earthquake and subsequent tsunami continues to worry some about whether it’s safe to eat fish from the Pacific Ocean, but Hartig said those concerns are unfounded.

Hartig said the state is relying on data and analyses from other coastal states, British Columbia and federal agencies like the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration and the Environmental Protection Agency to determine the safety of Alaska’s fish.

The Food and Drug Administration says that it hasn’t found any evidence to-date that dangerous levels of radionuclides are in the U.S. food supply. The EPA also says their monitoring shows no dangerous level of radiation in Pacific fish. A report from the Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences found radiation levels far below what would pose a health risk in Pacific bluefin tuna spawned off the coast of Japan around the time of the Fukushima Daiichi incident. Still, Sen. Cathy Giessel, R-Anchorage, said her constituents have come to her with concerns.

Hartig said in an interview that the department tests fish regularly, just not for radiation.

“We try to test for things that we think present real risk, like mercury,” Hartig said.

With more coastline than the continental United States, Hartig said it would be too expensive for the state to undertake a testing program that would be “statistically valid.” He said that people who claim that Alaska’s seafood is unsafe are mostly people from Outside. He said he’s concerned that people are being misinformed and aren’t taking into consideration scientific research.

“Fish in Alaska is a very important food resource; it’s a very healthy food resource,” Hartig said. “So, when I see things thrown out there, it worries me that not only will it affect our fisheries markets but also that it can affect people’s decisions on what they eat.”

Tyson Fick, spokesman for the Alaska Seafood Marketing Institute, said he has the same concerns. ASMI is a marketing partnership between the state and the Alaska seafood industry. He said people who make claims that Alaska’s fish, or fish from the Pacific Ocean, are unsafe to eat are misinformed.

“If you check it against any kind of credible source, any kind of peer-reviewed science, they blow it out of the water as completely unfounded,” Fick said. “In the absence of understanding and clear science, fear rules.”

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ziggyak
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ziggyak 01/26/14 - 04:12 am
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test the fish or eat at your own risk

If you do not test, then how can you possibly say the fish are safe? The nuclear waste water has been pouring into the ocean at 300 plus tons a day, radioactivity has been picked up in fish of the coast of northern California, so yes there are credible concerns. If you don't take a proactive stand and test fish then there will be no market for them.

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Steven Chamberlain 01/28/14 - 12:46 am
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Hartig is a MORON!

Larry Hartig is a protector of polluters! He pulls the strings on all of the D.E.C. puppets. As long as he is in power we will never know the truth about anything. His speculation of low radiation levels is unfounded. Larry, you are a liar and a fool. You will be exposed.
By the way Larry, why don't you tell us what really happened to Al Kegler?

Suss
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Suss 01/28/14 - 07:48 am
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Our Salmon, Evidence based reasoning only

There are ways to test for radiation that are as simple as an attachment to your IPhone. No one has reported our Alaska salmon is to be a food source to be concerned about. Calling someone a liar and other foul names because you do not like the results of their report is churlish and unchristian-like. Any attacks on Alaskan salmon had better be proven and documented, many Alaskan families rely on fishing to survive.

Suss
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Suss 01/28/14 - 10:14 am
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Radiation Truthers

Seems Militia leader pastor Norm is out to say the government is wrong when it comes testing our salmon. So the conspiracy continues. Will someone please show the evidence to back up these claims or forever hold your peace. To suggest Alaskan salmon is unsafe should be actionable if done without a basis.
Somebody please see what these folks are drinking out North Road.

Suss
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Suss 01/28/14 - 12:06 pm
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More Truth about Fish

This is silly that if certain people do not get their way with DEC they attack Alaskan salmon. Please do your own research and stop the misinformed.

http://deepseanews.com/2014/01/all-the-best-scientifically-verified-info...

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kksalm 01/28/14 - 10:50 pm
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Tsunami depris from Japan is found in Alaska

Why would you reach the conclusion that the water that carries the depris of the tsunami is not from Japan?
I'm usually on the fence regarding our neighbor Norm from Nikiski on his particular views but this time I think his concerns about the possibility of radiation in our salmon have substantial merit.
I always thought our salmon passed in the vicinity of Japan on their migration. What if they were contaminated in the waters of Fukushima? If there's even the slightest chance, shouldn't we know? Once you've consumed radiation in your system there is no cure.
At AFN this year I heard our Alaska Natives wanting this question of radiation addressed. I believe there's some wording in their resolution 13.
DEC needs to step up to the plate. Which this article clearly states it is not doing.

Have a nice day!

ziggyak
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ziggyak 01/29/14 - 04:05 am
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testing

If the fish aren't tested;
1.you can't say that they are safe to eat,
2.2. you have no back ground to say what is natural background level and what is a raise in contamination levels,
3.3. if there is contamination and our it gets into the market place, who would ever want to buy another Alaskan fish, shrimp, crab or what ever?
4.4. if the migratory fish are at risk how long before current carry contamination to our ground fish beds?

I am pro fish but if there is no testing being done then what good are the agencies that collect fees and taxes that are supposed to answer these questions before they do become an issue? Are they all so busy trying to lock up other resources (Pebble mine) that they kill the very fish resource they are supposed to be protecting? And no I'm not in Nikiski

Suss
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Suss 01/29/14 - 08:22 am
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Bananas tested higher

Testing of seafood has been done folks. Please rely on real science not fear or hate mongers. The radiation levels of the fish tested was at the level of 5% of what a banana would read.
America and other countries have set off many nuclear bombs in and around the Pacific Ocean and the background levels have been tested and known for decades, and they are still studied.

http://www.whoi.edu/page.do?pid=83397&tid=3622&cid=94989.

http://www.latimes.com/food/dailydish/la-dd-seafood-radiation-20130903,0...

http://www.whoi.edu/page.do?pid=83397&tid=3622&cid=94989.

http://www.whoi.edu/oceanus/feature/tale-of-the-tuna

Littlechickey
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Littlechickey 01/29/14 - 12:00 pm
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Radiation???

I think the first sentence in this article says it all! They aren't testing for radiation!!!!!!

And also his comment, “We try to test for things that we think present real risk, like mercury,” Hartig said.
Duh...........

I remember my friend saying last summer he thought the Halibutt had some kind of disease as a few had sore like blisters.

Look at the pictures in this article. Think for yourself.
http://www.turnerradionetwork.com/news/232-pat

"At this point what does it matter?".

People are beginning to 'fear our fish' for so many reasons that the fishing industry could just go kaput! Just like that. I'm doubtful of eating local seafood myself. Even the butcher from a local store said he was having reservations, the main reason being the absolute silence on the issue.

How can 400 tons of radioactive material dump into the ocean everyday without any effects??? Is a gag order in place, for perhaps corporate owned news outlets???

What could be done anyway??? Evacuate the entire west coast??? Get serious....

I have seen debri float into Seward boat harbor that came from Fukishima. Even China with their 'high' standards are refusing some of our fish species. Check out this article:

http://www.takepart.com/article/2013/12/17/china-bans-our-shellfish-over...

And I live in Seward, not Nikiski but I do hear the alarm bells!

Suss
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Suss 01/29/14 - 09:19 pm
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Hal Turner??? Littlechickey???

Littlechickey please do your research on your source Turnerradionetwork.
Shameful group to be associated with.

Turner Radio Network Brazenly Fabricates Sensational, Dishonest Fukushima Radiation Scare Stories to Gain Readers
Hal Turner
Blogger
Harold Charles "Hal" Turner is an American white nationalist, Holocaust denier and blogger from North Bergen, New Jersey. In August 2010, he was convicted for making threats against three federal judges with the 7th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals.

FBI Informant
Turner was a paid FBI informant for several years, supplying information about right-wing groups to federal agents.[27] The original allegations that Turner acted as an informant for the FBI surfaced in 2008 after unidentified hackers claimed on Turner's website's forums that they had read email correspondence between him and an FBI agent, apparently his handler.[28] This led to a discussion on a neo-Nazi website on January 10, 2008, in which Turner revealed he was quitting political work, was ending his radio show and that he was separating "from the 'pro-White' movement".[28] The FBI has declined to comment on the matter.[28] The Southern Poverty Law Center[29] and the Anti-Defamation League reported on the emails that "a neo-Nazi Website had posted material reportedly found by the hackers, including alleged exchanges between himself and law enforcement agents which indicated that Turner had been providing information to them."[30]
On July 28, 2009 in a Chicago courtroom, Turner's defense lawyer said that Turner worked as a paid informant for the FBI.[31] In December 2009, The Record published an investigative report on Turner's "complex" relationship with the FBI and Federal US Marshal Service, noting that all parties broke off contact at several points.[32]
Turner's information led to the arrests of the Hutaree militia, with Turner's FBI handler serving as the prosecution's witness.[33]
Michael A. Orozco, Turner's lawyer said, "I don't think he was a racist. He was doing a lot of those things at the behest of the FBI.”[34]

http://rationalwiki.org/wiki/Hal_Turner

http://www.splcenter.org/get-informed/intelligence-files/profiles/hal-tu...

kksalm
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kksalm 01/29/14 - 10:55 pm
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"no one is measuring

therefore we should be alarmed"
http://www.globalresearch.ca/fukushima-radiation-hitting-west-coast-of-n...
There are credible sources in this article, we have researcher Doug Dasher from the Universary of Alaska at Fairbanks
"There’s a lot of unknowns, a lot of uncertainties. There are others that also have the same message that they want to get out, we really need to sample to understand this and we really need to look at what’s happening out there in the ecosystem at the same time. There’s an opportunity to do this. It’s a huge amount of initial release, and the models do not address the continuing release [the models all assume that Fukushima was totally contained by about June 2011 ... in fact, it has leaked continuously hundreds of tons of radioactive water every day for more than 2/12 years].…"
Nuff said

Suss
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Suss 01/30/14 - 11:53 am
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Global Research.ca

Please......research the research. Wingnut outfit.

http://rationalwiki.org/wiki/Globalresearch.ca

More scare and fear tactics. Keeps em' coming back for more.

Suss
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Suss 01/31/14 - 08:54 am
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No proof of concern

There will always be a fear based "news" story to support a claim that the fish are unsafe to consume. Find a science based article that proves that proposition with verified and testable proof that radiation in dangerous levels is affecting pacific salmon.

http://www.pacificfishing.com/PF_Nuke-Story.pdf

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