n1670u-b781267435z.120140217182656000g5k1ih20i.4Anyone wondering about radiation found in kelp along the West Coast can check out the latest details on a new website. Steve Manley, a biology professor at Cal State Long Beach, just launched Kelp Watch 2014 at kelpwatch.berkeley.edu. The site will update readers on how much radiation is found in kelp growing in the waters off California, Oregon, Washington, Alaska and British Columbia. The website will be updated as data come in. The kelp is expected to show cesium levels starting as early as this summer, which is when radioactive seawater contaminated by the tsunami- and earthquake-damaged Fukushima nuclear power plant in Japan is expected to hit beaches from Mexico to Alaska. Manley has launched his scientific study with help from more than 30 universities and labs on the West Coast and in Hawaii, Guam, Mexico and Chile. In all, 42 sites will be sampled, including 32 in California waters, three times this year. The project recently received funding from USC’s Sea Grant Program and California State University’s Council on Ocean Affairs, Science and Technology. The first kelp sample was taken Feb. 5 from Bodega Bay in Northern California. More