Wall Street Journal August 4, 2012 p. A3 by Jim Carlton
[Excerpt] In the Kenai River, which threads through tourist destinations such as Kenai and Soldotna, 11,300 kings began a summer run this year, down 73% from 42, 297 in 2011 and one-tenth the 10-year high of 114,827 in 2005, according to estimates by the Alaska Department of Fish and Game...
Majia here: The article quotes a consulting fisheries scientist who claims that "Never before have such widespread closures and fishery disruptions been seen throughout the entire state."
Majia here: I realize that the salmon have been collapsing for years, but the 73% year over year decline suggests some change has occurred that has caused an even more alarming drop in the population.
Let me think for a moment: Could it be radiation fallout from Fukushima?
Lets look at some "expert opinions"
Hong Kong Environmental Expert, Yoichi Shimatsu, on The Death Of The Pacific Ocean: Fukushima Debris Soon To Hit American Shoreshttp://rense.com/general95/death.htm
[Excerpted] When will the radioactive waste arrive on the West Coast? The distance between northeast Japan and the Pacific Northwest is about 8,000 kilometers. The Kuroshio-North Pacific Current normally makes the passage in about six to seven months. Heavier materials, such as timber, will move at about half that pace, but chemicals dissolved in the water have already started to reach the Pacific seaboard of North America, a reality being ignored by the U.S. and Canadian governments.
Majia here: Here is a ocean dispersion map produced in an academic study:
Description of the video
Model simulations on the long-term dispersal of 137Cs released into the Pacific Ocean off Fukushima Published 7/9, 2012. (English explanation) *Erik Behrens et al 2012 Environ. Res. Lett. 7 034004
*GEOMAR | Helmholtz Centre for Ocean Research, Kiel *GEOMAR ヘルムホルツ海洋研究センター、キール http://www.geomar.de/news/article/fukushima-wo-bleibt-das-radioaktive-wasser/
Behrens, E., F.U. Schwarzkopf, J.F. Lübbecke and C.W. Böning, 2012: Model simulations on the long-term dispersal of 137Cs released into the Pacific Ocean off Fukushima. Environmental Research Letters, 7, http://dx.doi.org/10.1088/1748-9326/7/3/034004
Majia here: I think the data point to Fukushima and the fish should be tested but I'm pretty confident that no information about fallout contamination will ever be released publicly unless leaked....