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Welcome to this news page where you can learn about selected media coverage that Sea Shepherd has received around the world. Part of Sea Shepherd’s mission is to document and expose atrocities being committed against marine wildlife and their habitats, so every report (whether in magazines, newspapers, online, radio, and/or TV) is very important.

Please come back and visit frequently as we add more news items (both new and past) on a regular basis. Entries are shown with the most recent first.

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Recent Coverage

flag_us_tinyNovember 19, 2009 -- Mother Nature News - USA

Japan's whaling season has begun

Japanese whalers have set out for waters off the Australian Antarctic Territory. Australians await their arrival with trepidation, as this is the third season since Prime Minister Kevin Rudd’s government pledged to end whaling in the Southern Ocean.

The International Whaling Commission (IWC) confirms that each year, the Japanese fleet begins whaling in mid-December and alternates each year between the Australian Antarctic waters and the Antarctic Ross Sea. The IWC has been working for years to curb whaling. . . . more


flag_us_tinyNovember 16, 2009 -- CBS News Las Vegas - USA

Sharks Slaughtered to the Brink of Extinction

Sharks have lived in the oceans for 400 million years and since they are at the top of the food chain, they have shaped the evolution of pretty much everything else that lives in the sea. It means that anything that puts sharks at risk could have profound effects on the ecosystem of the oceans.

Right now, sharks are in trouble and it's mostly because of soup.

Try to find someone who will defend shark finning. You can't. Neither the stores that sell the fins nor the restaurants that serve the soup. Shark fin soup is considered a status symbol in Asian cultures, but when the I-Team asked the local Asian Chamber of Commerce where it stands on sales of shark fin, the spokesperson said she was unaware of any controversy about shark finning. . . . more


flag_australia_tinyOctober 21, 2009 -- News.com - Australia

Arrest the whalers, activist demands

AUTHORITIES should arrest Japanese whalers if they hunt in Australian waters this summer, a radical protest group says.

Japan is expected to target Australia's Antarctic waters for its annual whale hunt.

The Sea Shepherd Conservation Society, which will send two vessels to harass the Japanese fleet, wants to see the whalers put in the dock.

Captain Paul Watson cited an Australian federal court ruling in 2008 which ordered a Japanese whaling ship out of Australian waters because it had unlawfully slaughtered whales.

"All Australians should expect the Australian Government to enforce the law,'' Capt Watson said from the US.

''(If someone) is blatantly in contempt of a federal court ruling, they should be arrested or at least escorted out of the waters.''. . . . more


flag_us_tinyAugust 26, 2009 -- Reality TV World - US

Animal Planet renews 'Whale Wars' reality series for a third season

Animal Planet announced that it has renewed Whale Wars for a third season.

Whale Wars' second-season finale aired last Friday night on Animal Planet, and it was the most-watched episode ever of the reality series -- averaging 1.3 million total viewers. Overall, Whale Wars' second season was the second-best performing series in the network's history, averaging 1.08 million total viewers per episode.

In addition to its ratings success Whale Wars also recently received its first-ever Emmy nomination, as it was recognized in the Outstanding Cinematography For Nonfiction Programming category. . . . more


flag_us_tinyAugust 13, 2009 -- Treehugger - US

Captain Paul Watson of Whale Wars

The Sea Shepherd Conservation Society is at work all over the world, but you’ll know Paul Watson best for patrolling Arctic waters intercepting whaling convoys. Whale Wars, now in its second season on Animal Planet, follows Watson and his feisty crew aboard the Steve Irwin as they ram boats, hurl stink bombs, and try to otherwise spoil the whale hunt. In the process, Watson claims he has been shot and his crew pummeled with fire hoses, golf balls, and high-tech sound cannons. All the while the debate rages over whether this is terrorism, piracy, or heroism.

In our interview, Watson gives details of these daring encounters and drops some details of the coming season when his fleet will add the Earthrace, a record-breaking eco-speedboat, to directly intercept Japanese harpoon boats. Love him or hate him, Watson claims to be closing in on victory: “Our objective is to sink the Japanese whaling fleet economically, and I think we're achieving that. One more season, maybe two, and we'll put them out of business.”. . . more


flag_us_tinyAugust 4, 2009 -- MTV - US

Modest Mouse Get Ugly In Heath Ledger-Directed 'King Rat' Video

Animated clip intended to raise awareness of whaling practices was completed as tribute to the late actor.
In 2007, Isaac Brock — wild-eyed, unkempt mastermind of Modest Mouse — mentioned in an interview that Oscar-nominated actor Heath Ledger had expressed interest in directing a video for "King Rat," a throwaway track from MM's We Were Dead Before The Ship Even Sank.
Not only that, but famed director Terry Gilliam, with whom Ledger was working on "The Imaginarium of Doctor Parnassus," had agreed to animate the clip. It all seemed rather odd, and Brock appeared nonplussed by the project (telling VH1, "I hope it works out and I don't sound like a f--ing liar at the end of this"). Modest Mouse fans around the world greeted the news with a resounding "Wha?!?"
Then, in early 2008, Ledger was found dead in a New York apartment, and the entire project was quickly forgotten by pretty much everybody except Brock and the California-based artist collective known as the Masses.
Masses members Daniel Auber, Norris Houk, Jade Taglioli and Sara Cline picked up the reins, determined to finish the "King Rat" video as a tribute to their friend (and Masses member) Ledger. Some 18 months later, the video is finally complete, premiering Tuesday (August 4) on Modest Mouse's MySpace page, iTunes and the Masses' Web site. . . . more

flag_us_tinyJune 9, 2009 -- TV By the Numbers - US

Whale Wars Sophomore Voyage Outperforms Last Season by Double Digits

Captain Paul Watson and his seafaring, anti-whaling crew from the Sea Shepherd Conservation Society captured nearly 1.2 million viewers (1.17M) in the season debut of WHALE WARS on Animal Planet. The action-packed, adrenaline-fueled environmental adventure series delivered double-digit audience gains compared to its first season average (HH: 846K, +23%; P25-54: 638K, +21%; M25-54: 399K, +29%; P18-49: 625K, +25%; P2+: 1.17M, +24%). Compared to the WHALE WARS series premiere last year, last Friday’s season premiere delivered significant increases (HH +17%, P25-54 +41%; M25-54 +73%; P18-49 +45%, P2+ +22%).

Animal Planet ranked #1 among all cable with M25-54 and #2 with P25-54 at the 9 PM and 10 PM hours respectively (excluding movies). WHALE WARS fueled the network’s success at 9 PM while the Planet’s recent hit series RIVER MONSTERS contributed to the 10 PM victory.

Among all cable programs on Friday night, WHALE WARS and RIVER MONSTERS ranked in the top five among M25-54.

“WHALE WARS is one of the most exciting series in the network’s history and a terrific launch for our summer season with ten more weeks of amazing storytelling for the show’s fans,” noted Marjorie Kaplan, president and general manager of Animal Planet. “Animal Planet is building a strong slate for a passionate audience with series like WHALE WARS, RIVER MONSTERS and a new season of JOCKEYS returning later this summer.”. . . more


flag_us_tinyJune 2, 2009 -- Fox News - Los Angeles, USA

Web Extra! Whale Wars

"Whale Wars", the highest rated show on Animal Planet is returning for a second season. The show follows members of the Sea Shepherd Conservation Society as they try to stop whaling ships from capturing and killing whales caught under the guise of research.

Captain Paul Watson and Shannon Mann are interviewed by the hosts of Good Day LA about the upcoming season. . . . more

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flag_australia_tinyApril 14, 2009 -- The West Australian - Australia

Sea Shepherd claims victory against Japanese whalers

The captain of the Sea Shepherd Conservation Society is delighted skirmishes between his volunteers and Japan’s whaling fleet caused the whalers to fall short of their target catch.

Captain Paul Watson, who led the protest, said yesterday’s media reports revealing Japan killed 679 minke whales when it aimed for 935 during the five month hunt which kicked off in November was encouraging.

“It’s the third year in a row that they have lost profits,” Capt. Watson told thewest.com.au

He said he used the term ‘profits’ as he felt he had to talk the fleet’s language.

“The goal is to bankrupt them so it’s not worth their effort,” he said.

“One more year and we will have them.”

Yesterday Kazuo Yamamura, president of Kyodo Senpaku Kaisha, which operates the whaling fleet, told reporters he was upset by damage allegedly caused to his ships by Sea Shepherd.

He told the media he was “enraged” and his blood was “boiling with anger”. . . . more


flag_us_tinyMarch 18, 2009 -- Surfer - US

Kelly Slater Teams Up With Sea Shepherd

This year’s Australian Quiksilver Pro witnessed a remarkable moment in surfing history when nine-time ASP champion Kelly Slater joined lifelong eco-crusader, Captain Paul Watson of the Sea Shepherd Conservation Society, to announce the recent launch of a Quiksilver Australia/Sea Shepherd partnership.

The deal includes a customized Quiksilver sponsored Sea Shepherd clothing line featuring a signature Kelly Slater board short. For every retail item sold, the industry giant will donate $5 to help support the efforts of the self-proclaimed, “Neptune’s Navy.” . . . more


flag_us_tinyFebruary 25, 2009 -- NBC4 Los Angeles - US

Animal Award Nominees Announced

The Disney film "Bolt" and the tear-jerker "Marley and Me," along with television dramas "Bones," "Grey's Anatomy" and "Law & Order: Special Victims Unit," were among the nominees announced Wednesday for the Humane Society's awards honoring news and entertainment media that showcase animal issues. . . . more

flag_australia_tinyFebruary 11, 2009 -- The Mercury - Australia

Whaling war win claimed

THE Sea Shepherd ship Steve Irwin is returning to Hobart after withdrawing from its watch on Japan's whaling fleet.

It is hailing its protest operation a success, saying it located the Japanese whaling fleet earlier than in the past and physically prevented whalers from killing whales over 27 days.

The Sea Shepherd Conservation Society said this meant many fewer whales were killed, more whaling profits lost and the whaling fleet would not meet its quota for the fourth consecutive year.

Captain Paul Watson said the ship planned to be back in Hobart by February 21. For next summer, the society would have a new ship as fast as the Japanese harpoon whalers and with a longer range.

This would be in addition to the Steve Irwin. . . . more


flag_australia_tinyFebruary 10, 2009 -- Canberra Times - Australia

Anti-whalers vow to return more forcefully

Anti-whaling activists have vowed to fight Japanese whalers with a bigger, faster and more powerful ship next hunting season.

Protesters from the Sea Shepherd Conservation Society have backed away from their intense clash with whaling vessels in the Southern Ocean, but say they'll return next year with a longer range ship.

Steve Irwin captain Paul Watson said after deciding to return to Australian shores yesterday, ''We need to block those deadly harpoons and we need to outrun these hunter killer ships and to do that I need a ship that is as fast as they are and I intend to get one and I intend to return next year.''

The decision ends a season of extreme clashes between whalers and protesters, with some saying confrontations were the most intense seen in the past five years. . . . more


flag_uk_tinyFebruary 10, 2009 -- Wildlife Extra - UK

Sea Shepherd leaves Antarctica

The Sea Shepherd ship the Steve Irwin and her crew have withdrawn from the Japanese whaling fleet to begin preparations to return with a faster and longer range ship.

"I have said always said that we would do everything we can short of hurting people to end illegal whaling in the Antarctic Whale Sanctuary," said Captain Paul Watson. "We have done everything we could with the resources available to us this year. We have shut down their illegal operations for over a month in total. We have cost them money and we have saved the lives of a good many whales. And although we are willing to take the risks required, even to our own lives, I am not prepared to do to the Japanese whalers what they do to the whales. The escalating violence by the whalers will result in some serious injuries and possibly fatalities if this confrontation continues to escalate." . . . more


flag_us_tinyFebruary 9, 2009 -- Los Angeles Times - USA

Whale war subsides as Sea Shepherd leaves Japanese fleet, heads home

It was fun while it lasted, wasn't it?

The Sea Shepherd Conservation Society's effort to harass and minimize Japan's whale hunt in the Antarctic has come to an end, as the activists have exhausted their fuel and drained their resources.

But it was an entertaining month-long, two-part episode. Tales of hurling rotten butter at the savage whale killers, if that's how you regard them. Blasting water cannons at the criminal eco-terrorists, if that's how you regard the activists.

There were vessel collisions, and the Japanese even lost a crewman overboard in a nonrelated incident.

Now Sea Shepherd's vessel, the Steve Irwin, is leaving antarctic waters and leaving the whalers to hunt minkes unopposed. . . . more


flag_south_africa_tinyFebruary 9, 2009 -- News24 - South Africa

Whale activists end showdown

Animal rights activists said on Monday they were ending their harassment of Japanese whalers in the Antarctic for the season, warning that a person could get killed if the confrontation escalated.

Japan has been stepping up international pressure to try to rein in the Sea Shepherd Conservation Society, which has vowed to physically stop the slaughter of the ocean giants.

Sea Shepherd said that its Steve Irwin ship, which engaged in a clash with the whalers last week, was heading back to Australia with only four days of fuel reserves left.

"Another four days is simply not worth getting someone killed," said Paul Watson, the Canadian captain of the ship.

"We have done everything we could with the resources available to us this year," he said in a statement.

"We have cost them money and we have saved the lives of a good many whales."

He vowed to return next season - and hoped to come with a faster ship to evade the whaling fleet.

. . . . more


spacerFebruary 6, 2009 -- Associated Press - wire service

Ships collide in Antarctic whaling clash

A group of radical anti-whaling activists said they were pelted with bloody chunks of whale meat and blubber after their boat collided Friday with a Japanese whaling vessel in a dramatic Antarctic Ocean clash Japan condemned as "unforgivable."

It was the second battle this week between the whalers and their foes. No one was injured, but the skirmishes mark the resumption of potentially life-threatening run-ins in a contentious fight that has become an annual fixture in the remote, icy and dangerous waters at the bottom of the world.

"The situation down here is getting very, very chaotic and very aggressive," activist Paul Watson, captain of the Sea Shepherd Conservation Society's vessel, told The Associated Press on Friday by satellite phone.

The clashes come as diplomatic efforts to resolve the controversy surrounding Japan's scientific whaling program appear to have stalled.

Japan — which has described the protesters as terrorists — plans to harvest up to 935 minke whales and 50 fin whales this season. Under International Whaling Commission rules, the mammals may be killed for research. Opponents say the Japanese research expeditions are simply a cover for commercial whaling, which was banned in 1986 . . . more


flag_australia_tinyFebruary 6, 2009 -- The Sydney Morning Herald - Australia online/print news

There she blows

JAPAN'S whaling fleet is said to have mounted a co-ordinated attack on Sea Shepherd anti-whaling activists, threatening to disable their ship in Antarctica's Ross Sea.

The Sea Shepherd leader, Paul Watson, said the 8000-tonne factory ship Nissin Maru repeatedly tried to ram his vessel Steve Irwin, and three harpoon boats trailed ropes to entangle its propeller.

In yesterday's five-hour conflict, Captain Watson said sonic devices were used against a Sea Shepherd helicopter forcing it to retreat, and resulting in the injury of an activist.

The response by the fleet came as the Japanese entered a fifth day under an increasingly tense pursuit by the Steve Irwin that was continuing last night.

On Monday, Sea Shepherd was forced to back off from an action in the face of the defences, and the activists failed in an attempt to entangle the propeller of the harpoon boat, Yushin Maru No.3, with a line flung in its path.

Captain Watson said when two fast inflatable boats were launched yesterday, the whaling ships turned on a full attack . . . more


flag_japan_tinyFebruary 3, 2009 -- The Japan Times - Japaneses online/print news

Protesters, whalers fight over use of illegal weapons

The hardline antiwhaling group Sea Shepherd Conservation Society on Monday accused Japanese whalers of using illegal weapons systems to repel its vessel as it pursues the fleet in the Antarctic Ocean.

An official at the fishery agency in Tokyo immediately denied the allegation, saying the whaling ships are not equipped with any of the weapons alleged by the group.

The agency also said that crew on two rubber dinghies from the Steve Irwin, Sea Shepherd's flag vessel, threw bottles of dye at the whaling fleet in an apparent attempt to disrupt their activities.

The agency said nobody was injured in the incident and no damage was caused to the ships of the whaling fleet.

The U.S.-based antiwhaling organization said the whalers used a number of measures in their assault, with some Steve Irwin crew members sustaining injuries during the attacks.

"The whalers are deploying water cannons, concussion grenades, acoustic weapons and throwing solid brass and lead balls at Sea Shepherd crew members," the group's founder, Paul Watson, said.. . . more


flag_qatar_tinyFebruary 2, 2009 -- Aljazeera - Qatar online/print news

Activists clash with Japan whalers

sscs_news_090202_AljazeeraTwo environmental activists have been injured in clashes with Japanese whalers in the Southern Ocean, the Sea Shepherd Conservation Society says.

The group said in a statement that one person was cut and bruised after being knocked over by a high pressure blast of water while the other was hit in the face by a metal object.

The activists were trailing the Japanese whaling vessels far southeast of Tasmania in inflatable boats launched from the group's flagship Steve Irwin.

Japanese authorities on Sunday admitted the fleet had turned hoses on the activists, who had hurled bottles of paint or rotten butter, but rejected claims that brass and lead balls were thrown at the protesters. . . . more


flag_uk_tinyFebruary 2, 2009 -- The Telegraph - UK online/print news

Japanese whalers accused of 'military-grade' weapons againt protesters

Japan's whaling authorities have denied claims by the Sea Shepherd Conservation Society that whalers have used "military-grade" concussion grenades, acoustic weapons and solid brass and lead balls against the environmental group.
Two of the crew of the Steve Irwin have sustained injuries in the clashes in poor weather in Antarctic waters, according to Paul Watson, founder of Sea Shepherd and captain of the ship. One campaigner was injured after being struck by a water cannon, the other hit in the face by a metal ball.

"Our research whaling fleet only used water cannons and did not use any other weapons," said Toshinori Uoya, a spokesman for the Far Seas Fisheries Division of the Ministry of Agriculture, Forestry and Fisheries in Tokyo.

"The fleet did use water canons, but only to prevent them from approaching their own vessels in inflatable craft," he said. "They did not target the crew and only fired at the boats."

The agency's claims are in stark contrast to Sea Shepherd's reports of the clashes.

"It is a very dramatic scene out here as ships zig zag back and forth in thick ice and heavy swells," said Watson. "The whalers are deploying water cannons, concussion grenades, acoustic weapons, and throwing solid brass and lead balls at Sea Shepherd crewmembers. . . . more


flag_philippines_tinyFebruary 1, 2009 -- Inquirer.net - Philippines online news

Japan's whalers ‘on the run' again

Japan's whaling fleet is once more on the run in Antarctic waters after being tracked down by ship-borne environmental activists, the Sea Shepherd Conservation Society said Sunday.

The group's ship the "Steve Irwin" found the whalers after searching through fog and rough weather for nearly a week after a break to refuel in the southern Australian port of Hobart, Captain Paul Watson said.

"We are seven miles from the fleet and approaching. We see the Nisshin Maru and two harpoon vessels the Yushin Maru 1 and the Yushin Maru 2," Watson said on the group's website.

"The Steve Irwin is now in close pursuit of the Japanese whaling fleet." . . . more


flag_us_tinyFebruary 1, 2009 -- Voice of America - US online/broadcast news

Anti-Whaling Group Says it Has Located Japanese Fleet

The anti-whaling group Sea Shepherd Conservation Society says its chase ship has located Japan's whaling fleet near Antarctica and is in pursuit.

In a statement Sunday, the U.S.-based group said that after a week of searching their vessel was 11 kilometers from the Japanese mothership Nisshin Maru and two harpoon vessels and was closing in on them.

Japan has called the Sea Shepherd activists "pirates" and "eco-terrorists" because of their use of aggressive tactics, such as boarding, stink bombs and collisions. But the activists say the whalers are the real "pirates" because their hunt violates international law
. . . more

spacerFebruary 1, 2009 -- Reuters - wire service

Anti-whaling group says closing in on Japan fleet

A U.S.-based hardline anti-whaling group, seeking to disrupt Japanese whaling near Antarctica, said it had spotted the fleet and was closing in on it, raising the risk of a confrontation.

The Sea Shepherd Conservation Society, blamed for collisions with the Japanese fleet in recent years, said three ships had been spotted, including two harpoon vessels, which appeared to be engaged in hunting whales amid loose ice, fog and 40-knot winds.

"We are seven miles from the fleet and approaching. We see the Nisshin Maru and two harpoon vessels the Yushin Maru 1 and the Yushin Maru 2," the group's founder Paul Watson said in a statement.

Sea Shepherd's Dutch-registered ship Steve Irwin returned to the Southern Ocean in late January after it was forced to head for Tasmania to refuel after several weeks at sea, pursuing the Japanese fleet.

"They appear to be whaling and are moving. As we approached closer they began to move full speed toward the open ocean. The Steve Irwin has engaged both engines and we are slowly closing the gap." . . more


flag_us_tinyJanuary 27, 2009 -- The Los Angeles Times - US online/print news

Whale hunt update: IWC to consider easing ban to reduce Japan's annual kill

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News item: The International Whaling Commission is considering easing its ban on commercial whaling to allow Japan to hunt whales off its coast — if Japan promises to kill fewer whales in the Antarctic.

Reaction: What the IWC ought to do is keep the ban in place and tighten the loophole that allows Japan to hunt whales in the Antarctic in the name of science, then turn and sell the whale meat commercially to a populace that is increasingly turned off by the product.

There are only three nations remaining with whaling industries: Norway, Iceland and Japan, whose industry is the largest, claiming up to 1,000 whales annually. Japan has essentially ignored a 1986 ban intended to protect intelligent mammals that for generations endured wide-scale slaughter, with many species hunted to the brink of extinction.

The U.S., thankfully, believes the ban should remain in place. Conservation groups do too. Said Capt. Paul Watson of the Sea Shepherd Conservation Society, of a proposed lifting of the ban: "It's sort of like saying to bank robbers that you can't rob a bank in the city, but we'll let you do it in the country."

The issue will be raised during the IWC's meeting in June.

. . . original article


flag_Cuba_tinyJanuary 22, 2009 -- Prensa Latina - Cuba online news

Australia Against Whales' Slaughter

Canberra, Jan 22 (Prensa Latina) Prime Minister of Australia, Kevin Rudd, assured today he will keep on with the diplomatic pressures on Japan to try to compelthat country to abandon controversial whale-hunting in Antarctic waters.

In a press conference, Rudd pointed out that his government is involved in a diplomatic process to see if they can find a way to solve this matter.

The head of state stressed that the International Whaling Comission has planned half way through 2009 to check the quota given to Japan to capture these mammals.

Kevin Rudd ruled out the possibility of initiating legal actions to stop the whales’ slaughter in the waters of the frozen continent.

This way, Prime Minister responded the ecologist organization Sea Shepherd that the day before showed itself prepared to abandon its chase against the Japanese whaler fleet if Australia and New Zealand adopted legal measures against Japan.

The ecology group considers that those two countries should make use of a report published this week by the International Fund for Animals Welfare by virtue of which Canberra and Wellington have the authority to stop the polemical slaughter.

The text written by a group of Australian jurists, warned that the Antarctic Treaty forces to examine the impact on the environment of any activity carried out in those waters.

. . . original article


flag_australia_tinyJanuary 17, 2009 -- The Australian - Australia online news

Hundreds welcome Sea Shepherd to land

HUNDREDS of people have flocked to Hobart docks to welcome the anti-whaling vessel Steve Irwin, which is in port to refuel before heading back to the Southern Ocean to pursue the Japanese whalers.

Greens leader Bob Brown said there was an outpouring of support from local people when the vessel arrived on Saturday afternoon.

"Here in Hobart, it's Sea Shepherd city today," Senator Brown said.

"The support is just phenomenal, it seems like everybody's supporting them except the (Australian) Government."

Senator Brown welcomed the captain of the Steve Irwin, Paul Watson, to Australia and presented him with a box of apricots.

"Some fresh Tasmanian produce, I didn't want them getting scurvy," he said.

Some of the ship's crew have headed off to the Salamanca markets and shops to buy more fresh food, but Senator Brown said they were in good shape after weeks at sea.

"They're looking in very good nick, the whole lot of them."

The Steve Irwin will spend five days in Hobart picking up fuel and other provisions, before returning to Antarctic waters to pursue the Japanese whalers.

. . . original article


spacerJanuary 17, 2009 -- Reuters - wire service

Anti-whaling ship in Australia, plans return to Antarctica

Anti-whaling activists seeking to disrupt Japanese whaling around Antarctica said Saturday their ship had docked in Tasmania and should head back to the Southern Ocean next week.

The Sea Shepherd Conservation Society temporarily called off its operations earlier this month after its flagship the "Steve Irwin" ran low on fuel, and refused to divulge where it was heading.

However, founder Paul Watson told Reuters on that it had arrived in Hobart, capital of Australia's southern island state of Tasmania, where it was docked. It should refuel by Tuesday and head back to the ocean either Tuesday or Wednesday, he said.

Australia's whaling-opposed government had earlier rejected Japanese requests to disallow the vessel to dock and said it would allow the "Steve Irwin" to re-supply at an Australian port before returning to the Southern Ocean.

Plans are for the ship to remain in Antarctic waters until March, when Japan's annual whale hunt is due to finish, Watson said. . . more


flag_australia_tinyJanuary 16, 2009 -- The Age - Australia online/print news

Whaling ship faces delays in Indonesia

Indonesia has become involved in the dispute over Antarctic whaling as authorities delay the repair of a Japanese ship to decide whether it should be allowed into dry dock.

The whalers are having to make do without one of three catcher ships, Yushin Maru No. 2, reducing the fleet's killing power for much of the polar season.

The ship arrived recently in Surabaya, East Java, to replace a propeller damaged in heavy ice when the vessel fled the Sea Shepherd ship Steve Irwin in Australian Antarctic waters last month.

Indonesian Government officials had queried Japanese claims that the harpoon-equipped, whale-killing vessel was a research ship, the Jakarta Animal Aid Network said.

"I think, I hope, they will refuse permission for it to dry dock," network spokeswoman Femke den Haas said yesterday. . . more


flag_us_tinyJanuary 15, 2009 -- The Los Angeles Times - US online/print news

Japanese whaling fleet endures rising tide of opposition

sscs_news_090115_1_LA_TimesCould it be karma, bad luck, or merely unfortunate circumstances that have victimized the Japanese whaling fleet in the Antarctic region?

The three-vessel fleet, which has been hounded relentlessly by a crew aboard a Sea Shepherd Society ship, has already lost a crewman, who fell overboard and is presumed drowned.

More recently, one of its damaged ships, the Yushin Maru #2, has been ordered to leave the Port of Surabaya, East Java, in Indonesia before making repairs to its propeller. Australia and New Zealand do not allow the ships in their ports because large-scale commercial whaling has been condemned internationally.

Now, it seems, neither will Indonesia, which received communiques from Australia asking that it deny the whaling ships any services. . . more


flag_australia_tinyJanuary 15, 2009 -- The Age - Australia online/print news

Garrett should meet Sea Shepherd: Greens

Federal Environment Minister Peter Garrett has been urged to personally meet an anti-whaling ship when it arrives in Hobart to refuel on Saturday.

The Sea Shepherd vessel Steve Irwin has suspended its pursuit of Japanese whalers through Antarctic waters in order to refuel.

It is due to dock at noon (AEDT) on Saturday and will spend five days in Hobart.

Greens leader Bob Brown has promised the Steve Irwin a warm reception, and he wants Mr Garrett to be there in person.

"I think it would be fantastic, he would have 21 million Australians behind him if he did that," Senator Brown told AAP, adding the symbolism would seen to be very strong in Tokyo. . . more


flag_australia_tinyJanuary 12, 2009 -- The Age - Australia online/print news

Japanese whalers 'fear Aussie arrest'

Japanese whalers sent a damaged vessel thousands of kilometres to be repaired in Indonesia because they feared arrest if they landed in Australia, an anti-whaling group says.

The Sea Shepherd Conservation Society said one of Japan's three main harpoon vessels, the Yushin Maru No.2, was damaged around December 20.

Since then, the vessel had avoided docking at relatively close ports in Australia or New Zealand, and travelled all the way to Surabaya, Indonesia for repairs, Sea Shepherd founder Paul Watson said on Monday.

"They can be served with a warrant if they go into Australia," Captain Watson told AAP via satellite phone from the Southern Ocean.

"There is a Federal Court order banning them from whaling in Australian territorial waters and they are in contempt of that order.

"They could be detained. They won't go into an Australian or New Zealand port.". . . more


flag_australia_tinyJanuary 8, 2009 -- Canberra Times - Australia online/print news

Japan snubbed over anti-whaling ship

Acting Prime Minister Julia Gillard says there is no reason to ban an anti-whaling ship from docking at an Australian port.

The Sea Shepherd Conservation Society ship Steve Irwin has suspended its chase of a Japanese whaling fleet in Antarctic waters and is heading towards Hobart to refuel.

Japan plans to ask Australian to block the vessel from entering the country, saying Sea Shepherd's "pirate-like" and violent actions must be rejected.

The Japan Whaling Association has said both Australia and New Zealand should bar the Steve Irwin from their ports.

But Ms Gillard said there were no grounds to ban the Steve Irwin from docking in Hobart, although the vessel is yet to request to do so.

"We have not received an impending vessel request from the Steve Irwin," she told reporters in Melbourne on Thursday.

"Should such a a request be received, then the Steve Irwin will be permitted to dock at an Australian port. . . . more


flag_new_zealand_tinyJanuary 7, 2009 -- Stuff - New Zealand online/print news

Captain rejects Japanese harassment claims

The captain of an anti-whaling ship, which offered to help search for a Japanese whaling ship's missing crewman, rejects claims he continued to harass the whalers during the search.

The Sea Shepherd Conservation Society's ship Steve Irwin has been pursuing Japanese whaling ship Kyoshin Maru No 2 in an attempt to prevent it whaling.

Early on Monday morning Hajime Shirasaki, a 30-year-old engine room oiler, was reported missing from the Kyoshin Maru No 2 and is believed to have been washed overboard, and drowned, in Antarctic seas with four metre swells.

The Japanese ship claimed the Steve Irwin's harassment continued while it was searching for the missing man.

The Steve Irwin approached without its lights on and "began to harass and disrupt navigation", a statement said.

The statement said the Steve Irwin called the Japanese vessel and said it had "come to help in the search for the missing crewman". . . more


flag_australia_tinyJanuary 7, 2009 -- The Age - Australia online/print news

Whaling foes clash over missing sailor

Anti-whaling activists deny they obstructed the search for a missing Japanese crewman feared drowned in freezing Antarctic waters.

The man fell overboard from the Japanese whaling fleet on Monday.

Japan's Institute of Cetacean Research (ICR) accused the Sea Shepherd vessel, which has been chasing the whalers for weeks and throwing stink bombs at them, of using their distress call to pinpoint their location.

According to the ICR, the protesters then lurked in the vicinity without its navigation lights on, disrupting the search.

But Sea Shepherd founder Paul Watson said he tried to help.

"We offered assistance in the search and their response was that they did not want any help from eco-terrorists," he told AAP. . . . more


flag_australia_tinyJanuary 6, 2009 -- The West Australian - Australia online/print news

Japan wants Australia to reject whaling protesters' port calls

Anti-whaling activists yesterday dared the Federal Government to ban them from docking at an Australian port to refuel after Environment Minister Peter Garrett would not dismiss a call from the Japan Whaling Association to veto their entry.

Steve Irwin captain and Sea Shepherd founder Paul Watson said yesterday he had decided to take the longest course and head to Australia to refuel to challenge Mr Garrett.

On Sunday, the Whaling Association called on the Federal Government to stop the Steve Irwin entering a port, calling the crew terrorists.

Mr Garrett said yesterday that no complaint had been lodged against the Sea Shepherd but any request would be considered under relevant laws. There had not been any problems in the past with the Steve Irwin entering Australian ports.

However, a spokesman for Mr Garrett said later that the responsibility for any decision would rest with Foreign Affairs Minister Stephen Smith and Customs Minister Bob Debus.

Capt. Watson said he would bypass the quicker routes of Chile and New Zealand and head for Hobart to issue Mr Garrett and the Federal Government with an ultimatum. Sea Shepherd has accused the Government of paying lip service to the whale slaughter and breaking its election promise to take an aggressive stance.

"Peter Garrett made the decision for us really," he said. "It's time to put the Government to the test. Will the Government refuse entry to a ship bearing Steve Irwin's name and carrying a crew of 15 Australian citizens?" . . . more

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