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Salmon Fishing Returns After Fukushima Disaster

21 October 2015

JAPAN - Salmon fishing has returned to the Kidogawa river for the first time in five years following the Fukushima disaster.

With the evacuation order for Naraha lifted in September, members of the local fisheries cooperative association gathered on 18 October to drive salmon from the upper reaches of the Kidogawa with a net toward another one set up downstream, reports Asahi Shimbun.

It was the first time the fishing operations took place since the nuclear disaster at the nearby Fukushima No. 1 nuclear power plant, which was caused by the 2011 Great East Japan Earthquake and tsunami.

Most of Naraha is located within the 20-kilometer-radius evacuation zone surrounding the stricken plant, but the evacuation order was lifted for the entire town on 5 September.

According to the association, some of the fish caught were salmon fry that were released into the Kidogawa in early March 2011 before the disaster, which had returned to the river as adults to spawn.

Authorities gave the green light to shipping Kidogawa river salmon after a survey conducted by the Fukushima prefectural government found that levels of radioactive materials detected in the fish were below the central government’s safety standard of 100 becquerels per kilogram.

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