Australia to monitor Japanese whalers as conflict looms

A collision between Japanese whaling ship and a vessel of anti-whaling group Sea Shepherd Conservation Society in 2010 left powerboat Ady Gil damaged and sank in the Southern Ocean. Photo: Reuters

Australia will send a government jet to conduct aerial surveillance of the Southern Ocean as an annual showdown brews between Japanese whalers and militant conservationists, the environment minister said Sunday.

Sunday, 22 December, 2013, 2:16pm

US court agrees with Japan, rules anti-whaling group Sea Shepherd are pirates

Sea Shepherd ship Bob Barker collides with the Japanese whaling fleet fuel tanker the San Laurel. Photo: AFP

A US appeal court has labelled militant conservationist group Sea Shepherd a group of pirates, and cleared the way for Japanese whalers to pursue legal action against them.

28 Feb 2013 - 4:10am

Briefs, February 27, 2013

Two US sailors yesterday admitted raping a Japanese woman in Okinawa, in a case that has generated huge anti-American anger in Japan.

27 Feb 2013 - 3:37am

Sea Shepherd claims Japan whalers rammed protest ships

Japanese whale hunter Nisshin Maru (left) fires water cannons at the Sea Shepherd ship Steve Irwin in Antarctic waters. Photo: Reuters

Sea Shepherd said the Japanese factory boat the Nisshin Maru had deliberately collided with the vessels Steve Irwin and Bob Barker, which were crewed by anti-whaling campaigners.

21 Feb 2013 - 2:22am

Sea Shepherd takes its battle to top US court

Oregon-based conservation group Sea Shepherd boasted that it has prevented Japan from killing whales this season. Photo: AFP

Since 2002, Sea Shepherd has disrupted Japan's contested hunt in the Southern Ocean annually, but a US court issued an injunction on December 17 for the activists to stay at least 460 metres away from the whaling vessels.

13 Feb 2013 - 2:53am

Australia blasts Japan after whaling fleet incursion

Australian Environment Minister Tony Burke. Photo: KY Cheng

The Australian government on Friday lodged a protest with Tokyo after a ship from the Japanese whaling fleet entered its exclusive economic zone in the Southern Ocean near Macquarie Island.

Canberra is strongly opposed to whaling and launched legal action challenging the basis of Japan’s so-called “scientific” hunt in December 2010.

1 Feb 2013 - 2:39pm

'Brigitte Bardot' heats up anti-whaling battle

Paul Watson, founder and president of the Sea Shepherd Conservation Society. Photo: AFP

Ending the year by looking forward to what the new one may bring, allow me to offer the prospect of Brigitte Bardot in action once more, if only for the headlines this may generate.

31 Dec 2012 - 3:23am

Japanese whalers win US court order against conservationists Sea Shepherd

US conservation group Sea Shepherd has vowed to fight a US court order to stay at least 450 metres away from Japanese whaling ships, and to keep protecting whales "with our ships and our lives".

20 Dec 2012 - 4:00am

Anti-whaling group buys ex-Japanese research ship

The anti-whaling ship Sam Simon, originally built in Tokyo. Photo: Reuters

Activists aiming to halt Japan's whaling fleet revealed a new weapon for their latest Antarctic campaign yesterday, a US$2 million ship they say was once owned by the government in Tokyo.

12 Dec 2012 - 3:57am

Briefs, November 23, 2012

Locals gather at the site of the suicide bombing in the city of Rawalpindi, near Islamabad. Photo: AFP

Suicide bomber kills 23 in Pakistan

23 Nov 2012 - 2:42am

Sea Shepherd’s Watson to join anti-whaling fight

Paul Watson founder and president of conservation group Sea Shepherd. Photo: AFP

Militant conservationist and Sea Shepherd founder Paul Watson will join this year’s campaign against Japanese whalers despite an Interpol notice for his arrest, the group said on Friday.

2 Nov 2012 - 2:52pm