via / August 10th, 2014 / In addition to the citizen scientist sampling network that is under construction the other pillar of the InFORM project is the collection of samples in the open North Pacific and Arctic Oceans.  The first samples for radionuclide analyses were collected by University of Victoria undergraduate student Kathryn Purdon on the first leg of the icebreaker CCGS Sir Wilfrid Laurier’s annual operations in Canada’s far North.

The goal of our sampling program was to obtain a detailed information about the location and intensity of the Fukushima contaminated plume of seawater by collecting seawater across the northeast Pacific from Victoria to Dutch Harbor, Alaska and up through the Bering Strait in the Chukchi Sea in the Arctic Ocean.


Surface water samples collected for radionuclide analysis July 5-22, 2014 on CCGS Sir Wilfrid Laurier.

60 litres of seawater was collected for each sample and processed to concentrate radioactive elements for subsequent detection by gamma spectometry.

Samples are currently on the way to the laboratory for analysis.  The InFORM team acknowledges the support of Fisheries and Oceans Canada, Canadian Coast Guard and chief scientists Dr. Svein Vagle (Fisheries and Oceans Canada) and Dr. Jacqueline M. Grebmeier of the Chesapeake Biological Laboratory and the Distributed Biological Observatory for inviting us to join the expedition.

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  1. Hello,
    Your journalism efforts are important and greatly appreciated. I periodically reblog your reports.
    Thank you!

  2. do not eat any seafood from the pacific or crab from the Bering sea

  3. FIRST INFORM may well have some genuinely serious and well educated scientists “on the job” (my condolences to them) – just wait, and watch… (because) no “real” data will emerge. Sad, but true, this organisation is another “puppet shill” for Government/s’ disinformation.
    Don’t Believe me (?)… follow the money 🙁

    • This and the fact that this link is promo’d on msn. Dead giveaway. It’s enough to worry about eating seafood & people are starting to wonder if they should even feed their cats cat food anymore!

  4. I believe this catastrophe is going to haunt this earth for decades to come. You cant trust anything they say ( TEPCO). All the money in the world cant repair the damage this poisonous catastrophe is creating. I think this problem is going to get worse.

  5. Thank you to all those sincere persons contributing info, please try to supply proof of evidence concerning any suggestion of contaminated food source,i hope you agree, common sense is now defined as,,,,INTEGRITY,,,VISIBLE PROOF,,SCIENTIFICALLY VERIFIED by way of INSTRUMENTATION ,name the contributors of the FINDINGS and precise time and place of such EVIDENCE.and witnesses……paul walker . australia.

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