Korean Waters Free of Radiation

Fish caught in waters near Korea has been found to be free of radiation three years after the disaster at the Fukushima nuclear power plant in Japan.

The National Fisheries Products Quality Management Service (NFQS) carried out tests on 11 kinds of fishery products caught in Korean waters each week from January until March 10, and they were all safe, according to the Ministry of Oceans and Fisheries on Thursday.

The tests included seaweed, sea mustard, mackerel, oyster and silver belt fish, and none of them except sea mustard showed any trace of radioactive substances. Even in sea mustard radiation was found only in one of 13 tests, but the amount was well below the harmful level.

The National Fisheries Research and Development Institute and the Nuclear Safety and Security Commission also analyzed water samples last month from four sites in sea south of Jeju Island close to Japan. They found radioactive substances above a safe 0.00196 Becquerel per 1 kg.

The figure is less than the five-year average before the Fukushima disaster.

englishnews@chosun.com / Mar. 14, 2014 11:53 KST