VANCOUVER –After a 9.0-magnitude earthquake struck off the coast of Japan, triggering meltdowns at three reactors at the Fukushima Dai-Ichi nuclear power plant, public concern mounted over fears of finding toxic fish off the B.C. coast.
But experts say that hasn’t happened.
SFU nuclear scientist Kris Starosta runs a lab that tests samples provided by members of the public. The lab tests debris from the waters off the B.C. coast, seaweed and fish. Starosta says people need to remember that there is natural radiation already present in the water, so fish and other organisms will contain some radiation.
“Everything we are seeing is due to the natural sources,” he says.
Starosta says those levels of radiation are from nuclear weapons tests conducted in the 50s, 60s and 70s, resulting in some levels of radiation in the water.
But those levels are not enough to cause concern, says Starosta.
“The radiation levels we…