News Summary: Fukushima crisis blow to fishermen

News Summary: Tied to the shore, Fukushima fishermen livelihood threatened amid new crisis

Associated Press

STUCK ON LAND: For 2 ½ years, fishermen from the port of Yotsukura near the stricken Fukushima Dai-Ichi nuclear plant have been mostly stuck on land with little to do. There is no commercial fishing along most of the coast because the the ocean water and marine life are contaminated.

TESTING FISH: Some fishermen set out every seven weeks to catch fish to test for radiation. There was some hope for a return to fishing after recent sampling showed a decline in radioactivity in some species. But a new crisis spawned by fresh leaks of radioactive water from the Fukushima plant last week may have dashed those prospects.

FUTURE UNCLEAR: The fishermen for now have to survive on compensation from the government and Tokyo Electric Power Co., the plant's operator. The environmental impact from the latest contamination remains unclear.

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