National:Fish caught off Fukushima Prefecture to hit the market
Catches are landed at Matsukawaura Port in Soma, Fukushima Prefecture, following the resumption of test fishing off Fukushima Prefecture on Sept. 25. (Mainichi)
SOMA, Fukushima -- Fishery products caught off Fukushima Prefecture were ready for trial sale as early as Sept. 26 after fisheries cooperatives here resumed test fishing the day before.
Some 5.2 tons of 11 varieties of fish -- including octopus, horsehair crab, blackbelly rosefish and angler -- were landed at the Matsukawaura Port in Soma, northern Fukushima Prefecture, after 21 dragnet fishing boats returned there on the afternoon of Sept. 25.
After screening the catches for radioactive materials, the seafood is to go on trial sale at supermarkets and other retailers as early as Sept. 26.
The 58-year-old captain of a 19-ton boat that took part in the trial said, "I felt good when I went fishing, but I'm concerned whether the catches will find buyers. I want consumers to feel secure and eat the products as we will only ship them after screening them strictly."
A 61-year-old official with the Soma-Futaba fisheries cooperative said, "We can only earn a living on the sea. We had come to a standstill, but we will move forward toward full-scale fishing."
The trial operation by the Fukushima Prefectural Federation of Fisheries Co-operative Associations had been suspended for nearly one month since the revelation of radioactively contaminated water leaks at the Fukushima No. 1 Nuclear Power Plant.
A local fisheries cooperative in Iwaki, southern Fukushima Prefecture, will also embark on test fishing on Oct. 3, for the first time since the outbreak of the Fukushima nuclear disaster.
Fukushima Prefectural Federation of Fisheries Co-operative Associations: http://www.jf-net.ne.jp/fsgyoren/