Fukushima Fish Go on Sale
Octopus, marine snails tested negative for radiation
By Evann Gastaldo,  Newser Staff
Posted Jun 25, 2012 7:02 AM CDT
Updated Jun 25, 2012 8:10 AM CDT
A retailer checks a chestnut octopus caught in the water off Fukushima in Soma, Fukushima Prefecture, northeastern Japan, Monday, June 25, 2012.   (AP Photo/Kyodo News)
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(Newser) – Today you can buy fish caught off Japan's Fukushima coastline for the first time since the disaster at the Fukushima Dai-ichi nuclear plant last year, although you're stuck with octopus or whelk, a type of marine snail. Testing showed no detectable radiation, but radiation fears are still keeping other types of seafood, including flounder and sea bass, from being offered, the AP notes. So far, the seafood is only being sold locally, and prices are almost half of what they were before the meltdown.

Today's seafood "was crisp when I bit into it, and it tasted so good," says one supervisor at a supermarket that sold out of both the snails and the octopus. An official at a fishing cooperative says that crabs may go on sale next, and adds, "I was filled with both uncertainty and hope today, but I was so happy when I found out the local supermarket had sold out by 3pm."
 

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