(TOKYO) — For the first time since last year’s nuclear disaster in Japan, people in Fukushima Prefecture are once again getting a taste of seafood caught in their own backyard.
Fisherman in Fukushima began selling their catch at local grocery stores on Monday, 15 months after a 9.0-magnitude earthquake and subsequent tsunami struck the country. The catch was limited to octopus and marine snails, largely because of radiation concerns. The government banned the sale of 36 other fish, saying they tested for radiation that exceeded acceptable levels.
According to Japan’s national broadcaster NHK, the seafood is going for about 70 percent of what it went for in stores before the disasters hit.
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Don Melvin and Greg Botelho, CNN Newswire
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