This is a map of wild salmon migration routes in the middle and north Pacific Ocean, off the coast of Alaska.
And a bit of data this morning from Toyota Electic Power Company which runs the nuclear power plant:
"Tokyo Electric said radioactive iodine about 127 times normal levels and radioactive cesium about 25 times above the norm were detected in seawater 100 meters (yards) off the Fukushima nuclear plant."There are a lot of variables here, things I don't understand like water currents, weather patterns, migration seasons. And certainly a lot of other sea creatures and plants will be affected. I thought of salmon because I read recently that the industry is what keeps many Alaska natives from sinking below the poverty line (from Four Fish by Paul Greenberg). It does appear, from this circumstantial and elemental data, that the industry could be affected.
- Power Lines Up In Progress At Japan Nuclear Plant, Seattle Post-Intelligencer, March 21, 2011
Update, March 26, 2011: Are Alaska Fisheries At Risk? Radiation in seawater spikes to 1,250 times normal.
Update, March 31, 2011: CNN, Radiation in seawater spikes to 4,385 times regulatory limit.
Update, April 5, 2011: LATimes, Japan's ocean radiation hits 7.5 million times legal limit.
"The confirmed death toll from the earthquake and tsunami has risen to 9,408, and more than 14,700 people are listed as missing. An estimated half a million people have been made homeless." Also, radiation has affected Tokyo's water supply and is "unfit for babies to drink." -BBC, March 23