Entries in Fish (5)


Seafood Caught in Fukushima Back on Sale in Japan

Sankei via Getty Images(TOKYO) -- For the first time since last year's nuclear disaster in Japan, people in Fukushima Prefecture are once again getting a taste of seafood caught in their own backyard.

Fisherman in Fukushima began selling their catch at local grocery stores on Monday, 15 months after a 9.0-magnitude earthquake and subsequent tsunami struck the country.  The catch was limited to octopus and marine snails, largely because of radiation concerns.  The government banned the sale of 36 other fish, saying they tested for radiation that exceeded acceptable levels.

According to Japan's national broadcaster NHK, the seafood is going for about 70 percent of what it went for in stores before the disasters hit.

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Giant Whale Shark Reeled In By Pakistani Fisherman

ASIF HASSAN/AFP/Getty Images(ISLAMABAD) -- Big catch is an understatement!

A 40-foot long whale shark was found dead near Karachi, Pakistan, the Express Tribune, a Pakistani newspaper reports. Mehmood Khan, the owner of the Charai Fishery, said the whale shark was spotted unconscious 10 days ago in waters about 150 kilometers (93 miles) from the fishery.

Curious onlookers swarmed the pier while two cranes attempted to lift the shark, approximately 40 to 50-feet long and six-feet wide, out of the water. After failing to reel in the fish, more cranes, capable of lifting heavier weights, were called in for the task. The shark was finally lifted from the sea after several hours of efforts and sold for 1.7 million Rupees ($18,750).

Whale shark are found deep in warm oceans and eats plankton primarily. The largest confirmed whale shark in history was 41 ft long.

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Bluefin Tuna Sells for Record $736K at Toyko Fish Market

YOSHIKAZU TSUNO/AFP/Getty Images(TOKYO) -- If the price of premium tuna is any indication of the country’s economic state, then Japan’s finances are in good order for 2012.

At Tokyo’s Tsukiji fish market a bluefin tuna caught off the northern coast of Japan fetched a record 56.49 million yen, or $736,000, at the first auction of the year.  Divided up, the nearly 600 pound tuna costs $1,238 per pound.

The winning bid went to Kiyoshi Kimura, president of Kiyomura Co., which operates a popular sushi restaurant chain. He beat out rival Hong Kong restaurateur Ricky Cheng, who had the winning bid the previous two years.

Cheng broke a 10-year record last year, when he shelled out $369,000 for a giant fish, caught off the coast of Japan’s northernmost island of Hokkaido.

“Instead of taking the fish overseas, I wanted the Japanese to eat quality tuna,” Kimura said. “The March 11 disasters and economic downturn [have hurt this country] but I wanted to lift spirits, and encourage others to help boost Japan’s economy, together.”

The tuna was caught off of Oma, in Aomori Prefecture, just north of the region devastated by the earthquake and tsunami.

The record-breaking price comes as Japanese wholesalers face growing calls for tighter fishing rules amid a rapid decline in global bluefin tuna stock. The Japanese consume 80 percent of the world’s Pacific and Atlantic bluefin.

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Japan's Fish Supply in Danger of Mass Contamination

DigitalGlobe via Getty Images(TOKYO) -- Worries in Japan are mounting that its fish supply has been contaminated by radioactive fallout from the crippled Fukushima Daiichi nuclear power plant.

It was already announced by plant operator Tokyo Electric Power Company that highly radioactive water from the damaged reactors has spilled into the sea from an uncontrolled leak.

On Tuesday, samples of tiny fish taken from the waters off Japan's Pacific coast revealed they were tainted with high levels of radioactive materials.  What is particularly worrisome is that the fish were caught about 50 miles south of the reactors, well beyond the 12-mile evacuation zone set up by the Japanese government.

This development could prove catastrophic on a number of levels, since Japan largely depends on fish for food and commerce, not to mention what the environmental damage could be to local marine life.

The discovery also seems to belie TEPCO's claims that the water seeping from the reactors into the sea posed no immediate threat to humans or the environment.  Officials also announced Wednesday that the leak of fluids containing radioactive materials had stopped.

Meanwhile, TEPCO is dealing with another controversy: the dumping of 11,500 tons of low-level radioactive water into the sea last Monday.  The company says it was necessary to make room for storage space for more contaminated water it's draining from the reactors.

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Census of Marine Life: 10-Year Project Surveys World's Oceans

Photo Courtesy - Getty Images(LONDON) -- How many fish are there in the sea? Scientists would not dare guess, but they estimate, in the first-ever Census of Marine Life announced Monday, that there are at least 250,000 known species in the world's oceans, from the tiniest single-celled creatures to the most massive blue whales.

It took a decade of work, with 2,700 scientists from 80 countries spending 9,000 days at sea on 540 separate expeditions. Their work was financed by foundations, universities and the governments of the researchers.

The purpose of the census was to establish a baseline -- a cross-section of marine life worldwide -- so that as things change, scientists will not have to speculate just how. Future scientists doing research on climate change, pollution, or shifts in the composition or acidity of sea water in particular parts of the world will have an idea of what lived there back in 2010.

On the way to assembling their database, the researchers came back with remarkable pictures of just a few of the 120,000 species they directly studied. Even after all the work that went into the census, the organizers say another 750,000 species may still be not be catalogued.

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