Table of contents

  1. Front Matter
    Pages i-xi
  2. Seawater and Plankton

  3. Sediments and Benthos

    1. Front Matter
      Pages 51-51
    2. Daisuke Ambe, Hideki Kaeriyama, Yuya Shigenobu, Ken Fujimoto, Tsuneo Ono, Hideki Sawada et al.
      Pages 53-65 Open Access
    3. Tsuneo Ono, Daisuke Ambe, Hideki Kaeriyama, Yuya Shigenobu, Ken Fujimoto, Kiyoshi Sogame et al.
      Pages 67-75 Open Access
    4. Hiroshi Yagi, Kouichi Sugimatsu, Shigeru Kawamata, Akiyoshi Nakayama, Toru Udagawa
      Pages 77-89 Open Access
    5. Yuya Shigenobu, Daisuke Ambe, Hideki Kaeriyama, Tadahiro Sohtome, Takuji Mizuno, Yuichi Koshiishi et al.
      Pages 91-98 Open Access
  4. Marine Fish

    1. Front Matter
      Pages 99-99
    2. Takami Morita, Kaori Takagi, Ken Fujimoto, Daisuke Ambe, Hideki Kaeriyama, Yuya Shigenobu et al.
      Pages 101-109 Open Access
    3. Kaori Takagi, Ken Fujimoto, Tomowo Watanabe, Hideki Kaeriyama, Yuya Shigenobu, Shizuho Miki et al.
      Pages 111-122 Open Access
    4. Yoji Narimatsu, Tadahiro Sohtome, Manabu Yamada, Yuya Shigenobu, Yutaka Kurita, Tsutomu Hattori et al.
      Pages 123-137 Open Access
  5. Mechanisms of Severe Contamination in Fish

    1. Front Matter
      Pages 153-153
    2. Yuya Shigenobu, Ken Fujimoto, Daisuke Ambe, Hideki Kaeriyama, Tsuneo Ono, Takami Morita et al.
      Pages 155-161 Open Access
    3. Tomowo Watanabe, Ken Fujimoto, Yuya Shigenobu, Hideki Kaeriyama, Takami Morita
      Pages 163-176 Open Access
  6. Freshwater Systems

    1. Front Matter
      Pages 185-185

About this book


This book presents the results from the Japanese Fisheries Research Agency’s 3-year intensive monitoring of radionuclides in a variety of fish, plankton, benthos, and their living environments after the Fukushima Daiichi Nuclear Power Plant (FNPP) accident in March 2011. The book reveals the dynamics of contamination processes in marine and freshwater fish, mediated by the contamination of water, sediments, and food organisms; it also clarifies the mechanisms by which large variations in the level of contamination occurs among individual fish. Most importantly, the book includes a large amount of original measurement data collected in situ and for the first time assesses diffusion of radiocesium across the Pacific using both in situ data and a numerical simulation model. Also introduced are several new approaches to evaluate the impact of the release of radionuclides, including the measurement of radiation emission from an otolith section to identify the main period of contamination in fish. The FNPP accident represents a rare instance where the environmental radioactivity level was elevated steeply through atmospheric fallout and direct discharge of radioactive water into the sea over a short period of time. Replete with precise scientific data, this book will serve as an important resource for research in fields such as fishery science, oceanography, ecology, and environmentology, and also as a solid basis for protecting fisheries from damage resulting from harmful rumors among the general public.


Anthropogenic Radioactivity Hyrdosphere Ecosystem Nuclear Power Plant Accident The Great East Japan Earthquake Tsunami

Editors and affiliations

  • Kaoru Nakata
    • 1
  • Hiroya Sugisaki
    • 2
  1. 1.Research Management DepartmentFisheries Research AgencyYokohamaJapan
  2. 2.National Research Institute of Fisheries SciencesFisheries Research AgencyKanazawa,YokohamaJapan

Bibliographic information


“Here, experts in the fields of marine and freshwater ecology … provide the first comprehensive results of studies on the effects of this radioactive release on both marine and freshwater systems. … The primary nature of the research makes this title most appropriate for advanced students in marine and freshwater fisheries and marine ecology programs, as well as researchers in related fields such as environmental science. … Summing Up: Recommended. Upper-division undergraduates through professionals/practitioners.” (K. R. Thompson, Choice, Vol. 53 (6), February, 2016)