The postponed recommencement of trial fishing operations 50 kilometers off the coast of Fukushima began early Wednesday.
Tetsu Nozaki, the chairman of the Fukushima Prefectural Federation of Fisheries Cooperative Associations, told reporters that the recommencement had been scheduled for the beginning of September, but was delayed due to widespread reports that contaminated water had leaked into the ocean from TEPCO's stricken Fukushima Daiichi nuclear power plant, Fuji TV reported.
Twenty vessels left Soma port before dawn Wednesday. A fisheries association spokesman told reporters, "We're going out there to catch fish with the intention of selling them, so I'm really pleased."
The federation claims that only fish which pass radiation safety checks will be put on sale, Fuji reported.© Japan Today