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Fukushima: “The Ocean Is Broken”

Wednesday, July 22, 2015 2:09
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“The Ocean Is Broken”
by Greg Ray
“It was the silence that made this voyage different from all of those before it. Not the absence of sound, exactly. The wind still whipped the sails and whistled in the rigging. The waves sloshed against the fibreglass hull. And there were plenty of other noises: muffled thuds and bumps and scrapes as the boat knocked against pieces of debris. What was missing were the cries of seabirds that surrounded the boat on previous voyages across the same seas. The birds were missing because the fish were missing. ‘It felt as if the ocean itself was dead,’ says Ivan Macfadyen.
Ten years earlier, when Newcastle yachtsman Ivan Macfadyen sailed from Melbourne to Osaka, all he’d had to do was throw out a baited line to catch a fish. ”There was not one of the 28 days on that portion of the trip when we didn’t catch a good-sized fish to cook up and eat with some rice,” Macfadyen recalls. But this time, only two fish were caught on the long sea voyage.There were no fish, no birds, in fact there was hardly a sign of life. ”In years gone by I’d gotten used to all the birds and their noises,” Macfadyen says. ”They’d be following the boat, sometimes resting on the mast before taking off again. You’d see flocks of them wheeling over the surface of the sea in the distance, feeding on pilchards.”
But in March and April this year, only silence and desolation surrounded his boat, Funnel Web, as it plied across a haunted ocean. North of the equator, above Papua New Guinea, the ocean-racers saw a big fishing boat working a reef in the distance. ”All day it was there, trawling back and forth. It was a big ship. Like a mother ship,” he says. And all night it worked too, under bright floodlights. In the morning, Macfadyen was woken by his crewman calling out, urgently, that the ship had launched a speedboat. ”Obviously I was worried. We were unarmed and pirates are a real worry in those waters. I thought, if these guys had weapons, then we were in deep trouble.”
But they weren’t pirates, in the conventional sense, at least. The speedboat came alongside and the Melanesian men aboard offered gifts of fruit and jars of jam and preserves. ”And they gave us five big sugar-bags full of fish,” Macfadyen says. ”They were good, big fish, of all kinds. Some were fresh but others had obviously been in the sun for a while. We told them there was no way we could possibly use all those fish. There were just two of us, with no real place to store or keep them. They just shrugged and told us to tip them overboard. They told us that this was just a small fraction of a day’s by-catch. That they were only interested in tuna and everything else was rubbish. It was all killed, all dumped. They just trawled that reef day and night and stripped it of every living thing.”
It was one fishing boat among countless others working unseen beyond the horizon, many doing exactly the same thing. Little wonder the the sea was dead.The next leg of the Australian’s voyage was from Osaka to San Francisco and, for much of the trip, desolation was tinged with fear.
”After we left Japan it felt as if the ocean itself was dead,” Macfadyen says. ”We saw one whale, sort of rolling helplessly on the surface with what looked like a big tumor on its head. I’ve done a lot of miles on the ocean in my life and I’m used to seeing turtles, dolphins, sharks and big flurries of feeding birds. But this time, for 3000 nautical miles, there was nothing alive to be seen.”
But garbage was everywhere. ”Part of it was the aftermath of the tsunami that hit Japan a couple of years ago. The wave came in over the land, picked up an unbelievable load of stuff and carried it out to sea. And it’s still out there, everywhere you look,” Macfadyen says.
His brother Glenn, who boarded at Hawaii for the run into the US, marvelled at the ”thousands on thousands” of yellow plastic buoys. The huge tangles of synthetic rope, fishing lines and nets. Pieces of polystyrene foam by the million. And slicks of oil and petrol, everywhere. Countless hundreds of wooden power poles are out there, snapped off by the killer wave and still trailing wires in the middle of the sea.
On other voyages, when their boat was becalmed, the Macfadyens would just crank the motor and chug off. Not this time. ”In a lot of places we couldn’t start our motor for fear of entangling the propeller in the mass of pieces of rope and cable. That’s an unheard of situation out in the ocean,” Ivan Macfadyen recalls. ”If we did motor we couldn’t do it at night, only in the daytime with a lookout on the bow, watching for rubbish. In the waters above Hawaii, you could see right down into the depths. I could see that the debris isn’t just on the surface, it’s all the way down. And it’s all sizes, from a soft-drink bottle to pieces the size of a big car or truck. We saw a factory chimney sticking out of the water. ”We were weaving around these pieces of debris. It was like sailing through a garbage tip.”
There was little escape. Below decks, the hull amplified the sound of flotsam and junk scraping the length of the boat. The pair lived in constant fear of hitting something really big and going down. Plastic was everywhere, bottles, bags, chairs, toys. Something in the water off Japan reacted with the yacht’s distinctive shiny yellow paint and turned it dull.
Ivan Macfadyen is still coming to terms with the horror of the voyage. ”The ocean is broken,” he says.
However, much of the world has little idea of the vastness of the problem and Macfadyen is looking at ways of alerting governments and organizations to the disaster that floats offshore. He intends approaching the organizers of Australia’s major ocean races, trying to enlist yachties into an international scheme that uses volunteer yachtsmen to monitor debris and marine life. Macfadyen signed up to a similar scheme while in the US, responding to an approach by US academics who asked yachties to fill in daily survey forms and collect samples for radiation testing – a significant concern after the tsunami and nuclear power station failure in Japan.
”I asked them why don’t we push for a fleet to go and clean up the mess,” Macfadyen says. ”They said they’d calculated that the environmental damage from burning the fuel to do that job would be worse than just leaving the debris there.”
Gov’t Official: Chilling Report from Pacific Ocean: 
“Silence On The seas”; “Quite literally, There Isn’t Any Fish” 
Senator Penelope Wright, Parliament of Australia, Mar 5, 2015: “Like many others, I read an article in 2013 by Ivan Macfadyen called ‘The ocean is broken‘. It was published in The Sydney Morning Herald. He is an experienced sailor, so he had the ability to compare his experience then with other trips. It was chilling. It was heartbreaking really. He had noticed changes in the last years. Basically, he was confronted by the silence that he heard, the silence on the seas, and he realized that this was attributable to the fact that they saw very, very few birds. They also caught very few fish… two fish.”
Interview with Ivan Macfadyen, Talk Radio Europe, May 24, 2015 (at 14:30 in): “The reality was, if I would have had no spare dry food on the boat — relying on fish this time around — we would have starved to death, because, quite literally, there isn’t any fish. There’s vast tracks where they’re just all gone. Where you could fish reliably, they’re just not there. I used to fish here on exactly the same course, at exactly the same time of year, the same ocean, on the same course, into the same place — and I could catch fish everyday, and for some reason now 10 years later they’re all gone.”
Host: What about sea birds and all of that?
Macfadyen: As you get closer up to Japan they’re all gone, they’re not there anymore. Everything’s all gone, it’s just like sailing in a dead sea… there’s nothing…
Host: After Japan you headed to America, did you see any impact from Fukushima?
Macfadyen: It’s dead. That’s where I coined the phrase, ‘The ocean’s broken’ – because, for thousands of miles, there’s nothing. No birds, no fish, no sharks, no dolphins, no turtles… they’re not there… all those beautiful creatures, they’re just all gone. We’d seen a whale, round about probably 1,000 miles off Japan, just lying on the surface with like a big tumor just behind its head. It looked like it was going to die. It didn’t try to get away, it didn’t flap its tail, it didn’t do anything. It had such a profound effect on me.  Just talking about it makes me feel like I want to cry.
Prof. Yukari Takamura, Nagoya Univ., Aug 25, 2014: On March 11 2011 there was an extremely severe nuclear accident at the Fukushima Daiichi nuclear power plant. According to the report of the French government it is estimated that 27.1 thousand terabecquerels of radioactive cesium-137 had leaked into the ocean by July 2011, causing significant marine pollution. Even in July 2013, TEPCO announced that contaminated ground water in the area of Fukushima Daiichi NPP had been leaked into the plant port. There is ongoing concern that some of the radioactive material may be bio-accumulating in fish and marine animals. An enormous amount of radioactive substances were emitted into the environment. Some research demonstrates the existence of a potential ecological risk, particularly for reproduction. The knowledge about a long-term radiological risk to the ecosystem is still very limited. Environmental monitoring and increased knowledge is a key that will allow us to evaluate the ecological impact. The 1996 Protocol to Amend the Vienna Convention on Civil Liability for Nuclear Damage covers some damage to the environment by including recovery for the costs of measures of reinstatement of impaired environment, as well as for loss of income derived from an economic interest in any use or enjoyment of the environment.”


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  • love4all

    …Fukushima was NO ACCIDENT …. another Disastor…or terrorist event on a numerologically specific date…11th …2011 for Fukushima… Judgement is coming….

    Revelation 11:17-19King James Version (KJV)

    17 Saying, We give thee thanks, O Lord God Almighty, which art, and wast, and art to come; because thou hast taken to thee thy great power, and hast reigned.

    18 And the nations were angry, and thy wrath is come, and the time of the dead, that they should be judged, and that thou shouldest give reward unto thy servants the prophets, and to the saints, and them that fear thy name, small and great; and shouldest destroy them which destroy the earth.

    19 And the temple of God was opened in heaven, and there was seen in his temple the ark of his testament: and there were lightnings, and voices, and thunderings, and an earthquake, and great hail.

  • Oracle of Ardra

    Seems like there is even much more going on than that!
    The real damage isn’t being reported

    The Pacific Ocean Is Dying
    A Special Report On the Fukushima Nuclear Catastrophe

  • The Clucker

    I would personally recommend not eating ANYTHING that has come out of the ocean.

  • Louis

    When liar Antichrist arrives preaching his absurd false gospel of pacifism, ecumenism and environmentalism — a gospel which nearly everyone on earth already believes in — it will be difficult to deliver on his promise to clean up the earth.

    The amount of nuclear waste on earth is so vast and widespread that, even if it could be cleaned up (which it can’t), the cost would be prohibitive.

    Only an act of God could clean up the earth’s present amount of nuclear waste and fix the nuclear nightmare at Fukushima. And that’s precisely what Bible prophecies say Christ will do when He and His Angels visit the earth during the Three Days of Darkness and ionizing lightning storms.

    Only ionization — a process of nature — is powerful enough to neutralize radioactivity and render it harmless.

  • Anonymous

    Though also reluctant about seafood since Fukushima, a couple points. This Macfayden article is old, a rehash of a worn out story from a couple years ago. Also, where are the other reports of the Pacific being dead? This would be a monster story, were this true. Today, I went on web, searching for Pacific fishing industry news, and there’s no collapse in that industry. Care to explain why the Pacific fishing industry isn’t reporting being out of business, like the big tuna companies? The story checks out to be bogus, unless you can prove differently, by showing a verifiable story. (I know that’s like an obscene word around here, “verifiable” that is. Wise up.)

  • hisa

    First of all Fukushima never had a nuclear accident, but nuclear attack from America,Israel,Korea, Tbuse Korean, Zainisdhi(Korean in Japan), Vatican(not only Peter Hans Kolvenbach , It’s Vatican attack)…etc.

    Secondly,CIA and Tabuse korean, Zainichi(Korean in Japan) are still plotting nuclear leak terrorism against Japanese People. and Even if anti-cabal 3.11 terrorism human-right journalists[Benjamin Fulford,Richard Koshimizu...etc] are cabal puppets[Tabuse Korean].3.11 and 9.11 are not only Rockefeller’s job.

    Japan has been under ‘Tabuse System’ since ancient time.

    【Tabuse System】

    (Tabuse System is famous in Japan.)

    Japan has been under Korean colonial rule since ancient time..「Emperor」「Religion」「Money System」「Mafia」…etc. All of these instruments are stronger than visible tyrant system tools for dictators. Ancient Jewish came to Japan and established shrines all over the Japan. Rhetoric of the emperor and religions also came from out-side Japan for non-Japanese origin.

    The West(Rothschild) replaced The Meiji emperor with another Korean, [Japanese National Archives,(1110001)A100317160055, Tanaka Mitauaki document….etc]Omuro Toranosuke who came from the poor ‘Tabuse’” Korean village in Yamaguchi Prefecture became The Japanese Meiji Emperor for The West. Japanese Prime Minister Abe’s families are also “Tabuse” Koreans. They are xenophobia against Japanese and have their own strong glass ceiling strategies for Japanese enslavement what is like “The Protocols of the Elders of Zion” for Jewish. All of Japanese are under “Tabuse” System for The West since before The WW2, and They have strong ties with the their ancient land of Korean Peninsula.

    WW2 was fake war for Zionists and “Tabuse”Koreans. They like to occupy all of ideas strategically.[Right-Wing vs Left-Wing, Russian side vs U.S.A.side, Nuclear Industries vs Anti-Nuclear ,Political party A vs Political Party B, industrial business vs environmental group ....etc]

    Japanese prime minister Abe’s grandfather is Kishi Nobusuke(He was a Japanese prime minister after WW2.), he committed massacres in China during WW2 as well as Sasagawa( His families are still ruling over all of Japan) and Kodama(He was one of the biggest right-wing Yakuza).They are from Korean National and worked for Rothschild.Japanese Emperor families and North Korea families are same blood and having strong relationship.

    • Adventurous

      I’m instantly critical of anyone that uses terms like ‘puppets’. Actually, we’re basically all exactly that.

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