South Korea bans all fishery products from 8 Japanese prefectures: Reports

In this Aug 26, 2013 file photo, fishermen, Mr Choji Suzuki (top), and his son, Fumio, work together after sorting out fish they caught aboard their boat Ebisu Maru in the waters off Iwaki, Japan, about 40km south of the Fukushima Dai-ichi nuclear po
In this Aug 26, 2013 file photo, fishermen, Mr Choji Suzuki (top), and his son, Fumio, work together after sorting out fish they caught aboard their boat Ebisu Maru in the waters off Iwaki, Japan, about 40km south of the Fukushima Dai-ichi nuclear power plant. South Korea will ban all fishery product imports from eight Japanese prefectures, including Fukushima, and tighten its testing on all fishery imports from the other areas of Japan, local media reported on Friday. -- FILE PHOTO: AP

SEOUL (REUTERS) - South Korea is banning all fishery product imports from eight Japanese prefectures, including Fukushima, due to concerns about radiation contamination from the crippled Fukushima nuclear power plant.

Currently, South Korea has banned 50 fishery products from those eight prefectures. It said it would also now tighten its testing on fishery imports from other areas of Japan.

“The measures are due to the sharply increased concern in the public about the flow of hundreds of tonnes of contaminated water into the ocean at the site of the Fukushima nuclear accident in Japan,” a spokesman for the Prime Minister’s office tolda briefing on Friday.

The widened ban takes effect on Monday and would remain in place indefinitely, vice Fisheries Minister Son Jae Hak told the briefing, saying information received from Japan was not good enough to properly judge the situation.

South Korea imported 5,000 tonnes of fishery products from the eight affected prefectures last year, out of a total of 40,000 tonnes of imports from Japan, Mr Son said.