Researchers say that for the first time, radiation associated with the 2011 nuclear disaster in Japan has been detected in a fish from Okanagan Lake. Jay Cullen, a University of Victoria chemical oceanographer leads the InFORM coastal network that monitors marine radioactivity off the B.C. shoreline.
He says the fingerprint isotope from the Fukushima power plant was detected in some salmon in Okanagan Lake, but the level of radiation is ten thousand times lower than Health Canada safety guidelines.
Cullen says the highest seaborne concentrations from Fukushima are expected to arrive in the next few years but radiation levels are not predicted to pose a significant health risk to the marine ecosystem or public health in B.C.