Monday, May 2, 2011

Fishing for young launce has ended for this season without resumption – Ibaraki

The headquarters for the earthquake disaster countermeasure of prefectural fishery organized by fisheries and marine products agency of Ibaraki Prefecture decided to end the fishing for young launce for this season on April 30, 2011.  On April 29, 2011, radioactive materials exceeding the temporary limit were detected in young launce caught off North Ibaraki City, and they cannot expect to resume the fishing for a prolonged time.

According to Ibaraki Prefecture Coastal Region Fishermen’s Union League, young launce fishing season is from March to June, and they go off to the sea of the northern prefecture through the central prefecture. They had a catch worth 200 million yen last year. Most of the fishermen were hit by the disaster during their preparation and could hardly go out fishing. They are going to demand the compensation to TEPCO for the loss due to the cancellation of the fishing.

Ibaraki Prefecture also announced on April 30 that young launce caught off North Ibaraki City on 29th had been found to contain 1,374becquerels of radioactive cesium per kilogram, and one off Takahagi City, 505becqurels: both were above the regulatory value of 500becquerels.

MSN Sankei News, April 30, 2011 

Translated by Makiko Tajima Asano

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