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Impacts of the Fukushima Nuclear Accident on Fish and Fishing Grounds

  • Presents a large amount of original, in situ measurement data

  • Describes the distribution and variation of radioactive elements in the ecosystem

  • Clarifies the dynamics of contamination processes in marine and freshwater systems

  • Provides future prospects for the recovery from radionuclide contamination

  • Includes supplementary material:

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Table of contents (19 chapters)

  1. Front Matter

    Pages i-xi
  2. Sediments and Benthos

    1. Front Matter

      Pages 51-51
    2. Three-Dimensional Distribution of Radiocesium in Sea Sediment Derived from the Fukushima Dai-ichi Nuclear Power Plant

      • Daisuke Ambe, Hideki Kaeriyama, Yuya Shigenobu, Ken Fujimoto, Tsuneo Ono, Hideki Sawada et al.
      Pages 53-65Open Access
    3. Radiocesium Concentrations in the Organic Fraction of Sea Sediments

      • Tsuneo Ono, Daisuke Ambe, Hideki Kaeriyama, Yuya Shigenobu, Ken Fujimoto, Kiyoshi Sogame et al.
      Pages 67-75Open Access
    4. Bottom Turbidity, Boundary Layer Dynamics, and Associated Transport of Suspended Particulate Materials off the Fukushima Coast

      • Hiroshi Yagi, Kouichi Sugimatsu, Shigeru Kawamata, Akiyoshi Nakayama, Toru Udagawa
      Pages 77-89Open Access
    5. Investigation of Radiocesium Translation from Contaminated Sediment to Benthic Organisms

      • Yuya Shigenobu, Daisuke Ambe, Hideki Kaeriyama, Tadahiro Sohtome, Takuji Mizuno, Yuichi Koshiishi et al.
      Pages 91-98Open Access
  3. Marine Fish

    1. Front Matter

      Pages 99-99
    2. Detection of 131I, 134Cs, and 137Cs Released into the Atmosphere from FNPP in Small Epipelagic Fishes, Japanese Sardine and Japanese Anchovy, off the Kanto Area, Japan

      • Takami Morita, Kaori Takagi, Ken Fujimoto, Daisuke Ambe, Hideki Kaeriyama, Yuya Shigenobu et al.
      Pages 101-109Open Access
    3. Radiocesium Concentration of Small Epipelagic Fishes (Sardine and Japanese Anchovy) off the Kashima-Boso Area

      • Kaori Takagi, Ken Fujimoto, Tomowo Watanabe, Hideki Kaeriyama, Yuya Shigenobu, Shizuho Miki et al.
      Pages 111-122Open Access
    4. Why Do the Radionuclide Concentrations of Pacific Cod Depend on the Body Size?

      • Yoji Narimatsu, Tadahiro Sohtome, Manabu Yamada, Yuya Shigenobu, Yutaka Kurita, Tsutomu Hattori et al.
      Pages 123-137Open Access
  4. Mechanisms of Severe Contamination in Fish

    1. Front Matter

      Pages 153-153
    2. Evaluating the Probability of Catching Fat Greenlings (Hexagrammos otakii) Highly Contaminated with Radiocesium off the Coast of Fukushima

      • Yuya Shigenobu, Ken Fujimoto, Daisuke Ambe, Hideki Kaeriyama, Tsuneo Ono, Takami Morita et al.
      Pages 155-161Open Access
    3. Analysis of the Contamination Process of the Extremely Contaminated Fat Greenling by Fukushima-Derived Radioactive Material

      • Tomowo Watanabe, Ken Fujimoto, Yuya Shigenobu, Hideki Kaeriyama, Takami Morita
      Pages 163-176Open Access
  5. 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
  • Fish and Wildlife Biology


“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)

Editors and Affiliations

  • Research Management Department, Fisheries Research Agency, Yokohama, Japan

    Kaoru Nakata

  • National Research Institute of Fisheries Sciences, Fisheries Research Agency, Kanazawa,Yokohama, Japan

    Hiroya Sugisaki

Bibliographic Information

  • Book Title: Impacts of the Fukushima Nuclear Accident on Fish and Fishing Grounds

  • Editors: Kaoru Nakata, Hiroya Sugisaki

  • DOI:

  • Publisher: Springer Tokyo

  • eBook Packages: Biomedical and Life Sciences, Biomedical and Life Sciences (R0)

  • Copyright Information: The Editor(s) (if applicable) and the Author(s) 2015

  • License: CC BY-NC

  • Hardcover ISBN: 978-4-431-55536-0Published: 21 July 2015

  • Softcover ISBN: 978-4-431-56257-3Published: 18 October 2016

  • eBook ISBN: 978-4-431-55537-7Published: 10 July 2015

  • Edition Number: 1

  • Number of Pages: XI, 238

  • Number of Illustrations: 66 b/w illustrations, 37 illustrations in colour

  • Topics: Animal Science, Ecology, Environmental Monitoring

Buying options

Softcover Book USD 59.99
Price excludes VAT (USA)
Hardcover Book USD 59.99
Price excludes VAT (USA)