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No Fukushima - Related Radiation Detected in Alaska Seafood

Food and DrinkFollowing the devastating 2011 earthquake and tsunami in Japan, there have been public concerns about potential impacts on Alaska seafood from the Fukushima nuclear disaster. Although modeling and other analyses have not demonstrated a potential risk to Alaska fish, the Alaska Department of Environmental Conservation (DEC) Division of Environmental Health (DEH) has been coordinating with the Department of Health and Social Services (DHSS) Division of Public Health, as well as other state, federal, and international agencies and organizations to address continued public concerns.

Through these efforts, DEC was able to partner with the Food and Drug Administration (FDA) to have Alaska fish sampled and tested for Fukushima-related radionuclides and report test results to the public. The testing in 2015 continues to confirm that the quality of Alaska seafood has not been impacted, with all tests showing “non-detect” for radionuclides associated with the Fukushima nuclear disaster.

The results of testing conducted on Alaska fish in 2014, and previously reported by DEC, showed no detection of Fukushima-related radionuclides Iodine-131 (I131), Cesium-134 (Cs-134), and Cesium-137 (Cs-137). Because scientists were predicting the concentrations of radionuclides in North Pacific waters could peak in 2015, DEC continued the sampling program this summer. Samples in 2015 were again analyzed for Fukushima-related radionuclides and, as in the previous year, had no detectable levels of Fukushima-related radionuclides. These data, along with modeling and monitoring data from multiple agencies and organizations, continue to show fish from Alaska waters are safe from radionuclides related to the nuclear reactor damage in Japan.

For a full listing of the 2015 FDA radionuclide testing results for Alaska, please see:

For more Alaska-specific information about Fukushima-related radiation exposure, visit DHSS’s website:
For more detailed information on the analyses, visit DEC’s website:
For more information about other testing DEC performs on Alaska fish, please see:

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