Fishermen and scientists all over the world are discovering some very disturbing evidence believed to be a result of oil spills and radiation leaks. Disturbing numbers of irradiated fish, mutated shrimp, crab and other ocean life that are believed to be deformed by chemicals released during BP’s 2010 oil disaster and irradiated by the Fukushima nuclear disaster.
The cause of the mutations in the fish species in the Gulf of Mexico has been linked to the oil dispersant used by BP in the clean up operations that ensued the BP Deepwater Horizon oil rig explosion in 2010. Millions of gallons of oil was released into the ocean followed by a further 1.9 million gallons of toxic Corexit dispersant to sink the oil.
50 per cent of the shrimp caught in the last season in the Gulf had no eyes, according to fishermen. The fishermen are also finding eyeless crabs. Fishermen have also reported a drop of two thirds in their overall catch.
Just across the Pacific Ocean, fishermen in the Fukushima area (the site of the greatest single radiation contamination of the ocean in history) fear their industry is ruined. While boats still go to sea, their catches are being withheld from sale and instead the fish is sent for analysis.
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And it’s not just Japanese fishermen recording radioactive hauls. Contamination is turning up thousands of kilometres away in fish caught on the other side of the Pacific Ocean. Many US fishermen are reporting irradiated fish in record numbers.
Meanwhile the Japanese government has increased its acceptable radiation limit and is planning to reopen some of its decommissioned nuclear power plants. The US government on the other hand is planning more oil drilling in the Gulf as part of its economic recovery plan.
Clearly the oceans and its inhabitants are at crises point. Isn’t it time that we start to act responsibly when it comes to creating energy to fuel the demand by our ever increasing population?
What kind of catastrophe can we look forward to in the near future? The next time you sit down to a seafood platter… Make sure you bring your Geiger counter and check that the creatures you are consuming have all their body parts, or that they don’t have extra bits!
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— Planet Earth Herald (@PlanetHerald) June 25, 2012