Nearly a year on from the Fukushima nuclear disaster, radiation fears continue to affect residents and food supplies along Japan’s north-east coast.
The March 11th 2011 earthquake and tsunami sent three reactors of the region’s main nuclear plant into meltdown.
In the town of Iwaki, which is heavily dependent on the fishing trade, the subsequent radiation leaks were a huge blow.
“Our spirits are down and we want fishing operations to resume as soon as possible,” said local fisherman Kinzaburo Shiga.
“Consumer worries about seafood safety is more of a concern than radiation scares. We help out with the monitoring in the hope that one day consumers will return to eat our delicious local fish.”
Officials have tested close to 3,000 fish samples over the past year. They’re due to announce the results of a contamination test from new born fish on Wednesday.