Andrew Darby

Andrew Darby

Andrew Darby is the Hobart correspondent for Fairfax Media. His focus is on Australia's interests south of 40 Degrees South - Tasmania, the Southern Ocean and Antarctica. He is the author of the internationally published Harpoon: Into the Heart of Whaling

Australia to oppose renewed Japanese whaling

Environment Minister Greg Hunt

Andrew Darby The federal government says it sees no legal way for Japan again to kill whales in the Antarctic, as the Asian power seeks backing for more scientific whaling.

CSIRO celebrates arrival of $126m science ship

Andrew Darby It’s 10 decks high, cost $126 million and catapults Australia into the marine science big league, but there was no one from the federal government on the dock in Hobart to greet CSIRO’s...

Japan plans to resume Antarctic whaling on a smaller scale through ''research''

Andrew Darby Japanese whalers are developing a plan to slash their proposed Antarctic catch in an effort to comply with the International Court of Justice decision won by Australia.

Aboriginal activist named environmentalist of the year

Andrew Darby A Goolarabooloo Aboriginal man who led opposition to a multi-billion dollar gas hub has been posthumously named environmentalist of the year by the Bob Brown Foundation.

Russia claims Australia has territorial motives for Antarctic reserves

Andrew Darby Russia has ramped up its attack on proposed Antarctic marine reserves, alleging they hide the territorial ambitions of countries such as Australia.

Seabed mining - from science fiction to reality

Andrew Darby On an engineering works floor in Britain stands a 250 tonne machine that promises to change the way we think about the seabed. It's built to mine the deep.

Plan to bring super trawler to Tasmanian waters shelved

Andrew Darby Plans to bring a Ukrainian-owned ship to Australia have been shelved amid continuing controversy over big factory freezer trawlers.

Funding shortfall could dock marine science flagship

The RV Investigator, Australia's new marine science flagship, could spend half its time tied up at the dock through lack of funding to operate it.

Andrew Darby Australia's new marine science flagship could spend half its time tied up at the dock through lack of funding to operate it.

Government quiet on whaling ahead of Abe visit

Small catch: Minke whales dead on the deck of the Japanese factory ship Nisshin Maru.

Andrew Darby Labor says it will raise Antarctic whaling with visiting Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe this week, as the Abbott Government withholds any plan to broach the thorny issue.

Slow down, whales crossing

Scars from a revolving propeller mark the skin of a humpback whale nicknamed Bladerunner.

Andrew Darby These are the whales we'd rather not see. Their bodies are graphically scarred, even sliced apart - not by whalers but by ships in Australian waters.

Australia's biggest whales calve in Indonesia

whales

Andrew Darby Scientists have answered a mystery of where some of Australia’s biggest whales go to calve – and it turns out the progeny are Indonesian.

Aboriginal communities join Tassie forests heritage fight

Ruth Langford with daughter Esta.

Andrew Darby Ruth Langford and Linton Burgess took their children deep into the Florentine Valley, seeking the ice age caves of their ancestors.

Online endangered species trade growing in Australia, report concludes

Massive ivory seizure in Hong Kong (Thumbnail)

Andrew Darby Psst. Want ivory? Or maybe a lilac-headed amazon parrot? The online trade in endangered species is growing in Australia despite the efforts of shopping websites and law enforcement.

Russia agrees to Antarctica marine reserves

Andrew Darby Russia has lifted its opposition to marine reserves proposed for the Antarctic, with Moscow for the first time laying down its demands to agree to the giant areas being protected.

Japanese whaling ships to roam Antarctic again

Antarctica - A Place in the Wilderness. Minke Wales. Photograph by biologist/photographer Frederique Olivier.

Andrew Darby Japan's whalers will send four ships south next summer, with plans to use biopsy guns instead of harpoons after its Antarctic hunt was outlawed by the International Court of Justice.

Glider the bad egg as parrot population struggles

Andrew Darby It may look cute, but the marsupial sugar glider has been fingered for its dark side - as a voracious predator of the endangered swift parrot.

$50-million phantom fox under challenge in Tasmania

Andrew Darby A $50-million program designed to eradicate foxes in Tasmania was based on flawed science and failed to turn up a single live fox, a review has found.

Japan strikes back on whaling

World court orders halt to Japan's whaling (Thumbnail)

Andrew Darby Japan has laid out a roadmap back to commercial whaling in its first comprehensive response to the International Court of Justice ban on its Antarctic "scientific" hunt.

Abbott urged to ensure Japan abides by International Court's whaling decision

Andrew Darby The Abbott government has been warned it must ensure that Japan abides by an International Court of Justice ban on Antarctic whaling after lawmakers in Tokyo passed a resolution effectively rejecting...

Japan's whalers expect to return to Antarctic

Andrew Darby Japan's whalers expect to return to the Antarctic, despite losing an International Court of Justice (ICJ) case Australia brought against them that bans their hunt.