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
Andrew Darby An attempt is being made by the Federal Government to speed action over a fatal disease in Australia's most critically endangered wild bird, the orange-bellied parrot.
Andrew Darby The World Heritage Committee is set to slap down an attempt by the Tasmanian Government to ditch wilderness zoning from most of the island's remote south-west.
Andrew Darby The Australian bird list no-one wants to see has two new names.
Andrew Darby The troubled freezer trawler Geelong Star has lost all support from recreational fishers, as the ship begins its third attempt to fish without killing dolphins.
Andrew Darby DNA detective work has tracked down meat on sale in Japan from endangered fin and sei whales.
Andrew Darby Releasing balloons en masse into the sky to mark funerals and other ceremonies is killing birds, say scientists who have called for the practice to be banned.
Andrew Darby Australia and other Antarctic neighbour nations are becoming snarled in a looming climate problem affecting operations on the southernmost continent: there's too much ice.
Andrew Darby Tough new rules have been introduced to prevent more dolphin deaths and to punish the trawler operator if more sea mammals die.
Andrew Darby The controversial freezer trawler Geelong Star has had to return to port after a second round of dolphin killings in its giant net.
Andrew Darby and Lisa Cox Australia's largest animals, blue whales, are said to be at risk from "ships of deaf" run by the oil and gas industry.
Andrew Darby Japan is to push on with its attempt to revive Antarctic whaling, after independent experts found it had failed to justify a new hunt.
Andrew Darby Japan's plan to revive its outlawed Antarctic whaling has been dealt a blow with independent experts finding it failed to justify a new hunt.
Andrew Darby The suspicious sinking of the Thunder brings the long battle against Antarctic pirate fishers close to an end, legal fishers say.
Andrew Darby China has declared plans for an unprecedented expansion of fishing for Antarctic krill, the crustacean at the heart of the polar food web.
Andrew Darby The swift parrot, Australia's fastest nectar-eater, is rapidly heading for extinction.
Andrew Darby Just before Christmas, the notorious pirate fishing vessel "Thunder" was found by conservationists at work in the Antarctic. Once spotted, it fled.
Andrew Darby A warming ocean is pouring through newly discovered rivers under the largest glacier in East Antarctica, confirming this sleeping giant of climate change is awakening.
Andrew Darby The call is such a low, vibrating rumble it might be the voice of something interplanetary. It's not though. It's an Antarctic blue whale, Earth's largest animal, talking to its kind.
Andrew Darby Roughy, a founding member of the "bad fish" list, is on its way back to the fishmonger. Commercial fishers are celebrating what they say is a triumph of careful management, but conservationists warn...
Andrew Darby Former Virgin Australia chief Brett Godfrey's adventure walking company has an initial green light for a big push into Tasmania's iconic World Heritage wilderness.