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

Seismic shift for blue whales

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.

Japan to push ahead with Antarctic whale hunt plans

Japan proposes to take 333 minke whales from the end of 2015.

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.

Japanese attempts to revive Antarctic whaling hit a snag

A minke whale is unloaded at a port  in Kushiro in 2013.

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.

Net closes on pirate fishers

The poaching vessel Thunder sinks in suspicious circumstances.

Andrew Darby The suspicious sinking of the Thunder brings the long battle against Antarctic pirate fishers close to an end, legal fishers say.    

China moves in for the krill

Krill may be tiny but they are big business, with China planning to increase the nation's catch.

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.

Swift parrot rapidly winging towards extinction

A flock of one of the most endangered parrots in Australia, the swift parrot, has been spotted feeding in the Royal National Park.

Andrew Darby The swift parrot, Australia's fastest nectar-eater, is rapidly heading for extinction.

Epic chase of pirate fisher Thunder continues

Andrew Darby Just before Christmas, the notorious pirate fishing vessel "Thunder" was found by conservationists at work in the Antarctic. Once spotted, it fled.

Warming seas undermining giant Antarctic glacier

The 120km-long Totten Glacier is showing signs of melting from below.

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.

Scientists listen to the blues as they track whales

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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.

Fresh bet on an old roughy

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...

Ex-Virgin boss' Tasmanian World Heritage development gets green light

Brett Godfrey.

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.

Super trawler proponents to bring controversial fishing vessel to Geelong

Margiris giant fishing trawler that will 
operate in Tasmanian waters

Andrew Darby A fresh plan to bring a massive factory freezer fishing boat to Australian waters has been met opposition from marine campaigners.

Meet Ruby, Australia's newly discovered seadragon

'Mesmerising beauty': The ruby seadragon.

Andrew Darby Say hello to Ruby, the "mesmerising beauty" that until recently no one knew existed.

Sunday explainer: A new plan for a timeless land in Tasmanian south-west wilderness

Lake Pedder from Mt Eliza, Southwest National Park, Tasmanian Wilderness World Heritage Area, Tasmania.

Andrew Darby Tasmania's famous wilderness is up for grabs under a new contentious state government proposal for the south-west. Or is it? Andrew Darby explains.

Pirate fishers spotted off Australian Antarctic base

Andrew Darby Pirate fishers let go by the New Zealand navy have been found again, this time operating off Australia's Antarctic Mawson base.

Sea Shepherd to build faster ship for Japanese whaling fight

Andrew Darby Hardline marine activists Sea Shepherd have struck it rich, winning a $11.8 million gift that will help it build a new faster ship for Southern Ocean whaling battles.

Giant east Antarctic glacier melting with warmer oceans

The 120km-long Totten Glacier is showing signs of melting from below.

Andrew Darby Warming ocean water is said to be melting the largest glacier in East Antarctica, underscoring climate change's assault on the continent’s ice cover.

Australia's Antarctic research bid takes a blow as icebreaker bid withdrawn

Australia's only icebreaker: The bow of Aurora Australis.

Andrew Darby The $1 billion-plus project to build and run Australia’s new Antarctic icebreaker has been hit by the withdrawal of a tenderer, leaving Serco’s DMS Maritime as the surviving bidder.

Snagged lines tell tales of poaching by fishers

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Andrew Darby As Australia's recreational fishers head out this summer to wet a line, there's a warning for those tempted to poach in no-take marine reserves.

Pirate’s haul of 'white gold' reveals cost of illegal fishing

Andrew Darby Abandoned gillnets up to 25 kilometres long, banned in the Antarctic, have been seized as a notorious pirate fishing boat tries to shake a marathon pursuit with Australian Sea Shepherd boats.