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Re: Vietnam News & Discussion

Post by siliconlife » Mon Aug 21, 2017 11:07 am

mauser765 wrote:
Mon Aug 21, 2017 10:51 am
Has the Fukushima spill affected fish off Vietnam? I'm pretty sure it must have. Would levels of toxicity be greater in Vietnam than, say, Australia, or the wets coast of the Americas?

Trying to get people to stop fishing so stocks can recover will be almost impossible without the use of military force, which will obviously destabilise many countries.
I think studies on this are as yet inconclusive from what I can tell, but the most reliable sources seem to say that it has spread mainly north and north west of japan through the Pacific, and has reach the west coast of the Americas but in quite small amounts, making most fish there safe to consume. There is so much information going around and a few whistle-blowing scams. The "reports" that it has completely affect the entire Pacific in dangerous quantities is total rubbish, I know that much. Maybe other users know more about this and can add or correct me, I have not looked into it in great depth.
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Re: Vietnam News & Discussion

Post by siliconlife » Mon Aug 21, 2017 11:10 am

Here's another interesting perspective. http://www.snopes.com/photos/technology/fukushima.asp
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Re: Vietnam News & Discussion

Post by hanno » Mon Aug 21, 2017 11:35 am

This seems to be an answer that is a little less sensationalist than many other sites: https://www.quora.com/Is-it-true-that-F ... ific-Ocean

I also worry a lot more about lead, mercury and other heavy metals than radiation. I used to go swimming in the Mekong until a guy studying the piscifauna suggested I stop. Not because of all the households without sanitation, but because of the high levels of heavy metals (and pesticides).
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Re: Vietnam News & Discussion

Post by mauser765 » Mon Aug 21, 2017 12:26 pm

Let alone the sewage/ animal and human bodies/ factories dumping chemicals
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Re: Vietnam News & Discussion

Post by siliconlife » Mon Aug 21, 2017 3:44 pm

I'd totally swim in Southeast Asian rivers! (If someone were shooting at me.)
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Re: Vietnam News & Discussion

Post by hanno » Mon Aug 21, 2017 3:59 pm

siliconlife wrote:
Mon Aug 21, 2017 3:44 pm
I'd totally swim in Southeast Asian rivers! (If someone were shooting at me.)
So would I:

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Re: Vietnam News & Discussion

Post by saigonjackpot » Mon Aug 21, 2017 5:28 pm

Apparently Philippines has nice beaches , like that lagoon in the Pict.
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Re: Vietnam News & Discussion

Post by siliconlife » Mon Aug 21, 2017 6:45 pm

hanno wrote:
Mon Aug 21, 2017 3:59 pm
siliconlife wrote:
Mon Aug 21, 2017 3:44 pm
I'd totally swim in Southeast Asian rivers! (If someone were shooting at me.)
So would I:

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Re: Vietnam News & Discussion

Post by hanno » Mon Aug 21, 2017 7:10 pm

Real McCoy, I have been there. And I have swam in a very clean river on Borneo. But agreed, all the big rivers are best avoided; can't think of one that is clean.
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Re: Vietnam News & Discussion

Post by bobsboots » Mon Aug 21, 2017 7:54 pm

In Indonesia, you don't have to worry about swimming in rivers.. You can just walk across them

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