Dear Fishing Friends,
I wanted to spend a couple of words reflecting on the risks the Mediterranean faces with regards to contamination by radioactive material and possibly draw some of you in on these considerations.Step one; let’s learn a lesson-
More than one month has gone by since the terrible earthquake and consequent Tsunami that has devastated the north-eastern coast of Japan on the 11th of March 2011. To date, more than 12,000 fatalities + more than 15,000 missing = 27000; a tragedy that the Japanese people are teaching the rest of the world to face with great courage, dignity and humanity. As we all know, the disaster crippled the Daichi Fukushima nuclear power plant; 6 reactors built in the early 1970’s right on the coast. 3 of the reactors exploded and consequently released a large amount of radioactive material forcing the Japanese government to evacuate more than 180,000 people in a 20 km radius of the power plant. Unfortunately, there has been an obvious war of information due to the cosmic economic interests surrounding this event. I can only begin to imagine the national and international legal implications Japan (G8) could face due to the radioactive contamination of people and wildlife. The Med-
Here comes the fun bit. Are we unknowingly waiting for something similar to happen in the Med? Has it already happened and we don’t know? What consequences would a “closed sea” face?
Let’s see, what could be the sources of radioactive contamination in the Mediterranean??? 1) Accidents in Nuclear power plants of course. 2) Dumped radioactive waste (nuclear power station by-products but also civil by-products such as X-rays, NMR scans etc.). 3) Dumped war heads (not just nuclear ones, but also depleted Uranium). 4) Accidents at nuclear-propulsion vessels such as the ones used by French, British and American nuclear aircraft-carriers and submarines (remember the Russian Kursk?).
Link to map of nuclear power plants in Europe (European Nuclear Society):http://www.euronuclear.org/info/encyclopedia/n/nuclear-power-plant-europe.htm
Fortunately, the Mediterranean countries and their governments are “serious ones”, just look at Italy, and the organized crime that could earn billions from radioactive waste “disposal” does not exist. Yeah right!!! Who are we kidding? The Italian reporter Ilaria Alpi was murdered while working on a story investigating radioactive waste trade:
Check this out:http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Radioactive_waste_dumping_by_the_'Ndranghetahttp://www.youtube.com/watch?v=-lM7VCIuCXIWhat would happen to our health, tourism, fishing industry and ultimately to the marine ecosystem? Can we continue to ignore this? Let this go on? I’m just a poor “Tracina” and I won’t go further, but is it time to start bringing Geiger counters with us when we go fishing?Japan- no more fishing in the North East-
Already, Japan’s Agency for Natural Resources and Energy has admitted that high levels of radioactive Cesium 137 were 20 times the normal level at more than 300 meters from the effluent of the Daichi power plant, far less than the levels of the other main radioactive isotope gushing out from the crippled reactors, Iodine 131, which was found at concentrations of more than 1150 times higher than the maximum allowable for a sea water sample a mile North of the Nuclear Power plant. The direct consequence on the marine activities of the area has been the complete ban on fishing due to dangerous concentrations of radioactive isotopes having entered the food chain. A real tragedy for a country in which seafood represents the heart of its cultural culinary and economic traditions. Numerous scientific bodies have been claiming that the impact on the marine environment will be limited due to the “dilution effect” the ocean has due to it’s shear volume of water.