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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. Freshwater Systems

    1. Comparison of the Radioactive Cesium Contamination Level of Fish and their Habitat Among Three Lakes in Fukushima Prefecture, Japan, After the Fukushima Fallout

      • Keishi Matsuda, Kaori Takagi, Atsushi Tomiya, Masahiro Enomoto, Jun-ichi Tsuboi, Hideki Kaeriyama et al.
      Pages 187-199Open Access
    2. Radiocesium Concentrations and Body Size of Freshwater Fish in Lake Hayama 1 Year After the Fukushima Dai-Ichi Nuclear Power Plant Accident

      • Kaori Takagi, Shoichiro Yamamoto, Keishi Matsuda, Atsushi Tomiya, Masahiro Enomoto, Yuya Shigenobu et al.
      Pages 201-209Open Access
    3. Spatiotemporal Monitoring of 134Cs and 137Cs in Ayu, Plecoglossus altivelis, a Microalgae-Grazing Fish, and in Their Freshwater Habitats in Fukushima

      • Jun-ichi Tsuboi, Shin-ichiro Abe, Ken Fujimoto, Hideki Kaeriyama, Daisuke Ambe, Keishi Matsuda et al.
      Pages 211-219Open Access
    4. Radiocesium Concentrations in the Muscle and Eggs of Salmonids from Lake Chuzenji, Japan, After the Fukushima Fallout

      • Shoichiro Yamamoto, Tetsuya Yokoduka, Ken Fujimoto, Kaori Takagi, Tsuneo Ono
      Pages 221-229Open Access
    5. Assessment of Radiocesium Accumulation by Hatchery-Reared Salmonids After the Fukushima Nuclear Accident

      • Shoichiro Yamamoto, Kouji Mutou, Hidefumi Nakamura, Kouta Miyamoto, Kazuo Uchida, Kaori Takagi et al.
      Pages 231-238Open Access

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)