Shipments of octopus caught off Fukushima Prefecture went on sale at the Tsukiji fish market in Tokyo this week for the first time since last year's March 11 disaster.
According to the Fukushima Prefectural Fishing Association, the octopus and squid were caught as part of test fishing activities that were carried out in preparation for a full-scale resumption of fishing activities in the region, TV Asahi reported. The association said the seafood had been tested and declared free of radiation.
Wholesalers said the octopus fetched prices of around 1,500 yen per kilogram, roughly 20% higher than before the disaster.
The association says that fishing is taking place in areas at least 50 km northeast of the stricken Fukushima Daiichi nuclear plant, and said that all catches will be rigorously tested for radiation, TV Asahi reported.
Checks carried out in June found that flounder, sea bass and other fish caught off the coast of Fukushima could not be sold because they were found to contain radiative elements. This was followed by reports published by Stanford University's Hopkins Marine Station in May, which claimed that radioactive fish from Fukushima had been found off the coast of California.
Octopus shipments are expected to resume fully next month.© Japan Today