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

Antarctic marine reserves plan falters as China and Russia stand firm

Up to 70 per cent of seafood consumed in Australia is imported.

Andrew Darby Attempts by Australia and other nations to build a set of Antarctic marine reserves have been blocked for the fourth time, amid suspicion from key fish-hungry nations.

Australia urged to keep courage against Japan whaling by Senate committee

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

Andrew Darby As Japan nears a deadline to unveil plans for a new Antarctic hunt, a Senate report says 'now is not the time for Australia to lose sight of the issue or abandon its courage and commitment'.

China plans Antarctic airfield to service base expansion

China plans to expand its presence in Antarctica.

Andrew Darby Beijing wants to build an airfield at the Zhongshan base, near Australia's Davis station.

Australian scientists studying the effects of ocean acidification on marine life

Andrew Darby Chambers are being set up by Australian scientists under Antarctic sea ice to test the impact of ocean acidification on marine life.

Survey finds Great Barrier Reef coral losing strength

Andrew Darby The skeleton hand of ocean acidification has been found at work near one of Australia's most exotic tropical destinations, Lizard Island on the Great Barrier Reef.

Great shorebird migration under threat

Curlew sandpiper.

Andrew Darby The epic migration of shorebirds from Australia to their Arctic breeding grounds is said to be in imminent danger of collapse.

Antarctica sea ice area crosses record mark again

Andrew Darby  Antarctic sea ice's area has exceeded 20 million square kilometres for the first time in recorded history, in a shift attributed to climate change.

Japan rejects Australian, NZ, attempt to rein in whale hunt


Three minke whales dead on deck the Japanese ship Nisshin Maru in the Southern Ocean on January 6, 2014.

Andrew Darby Japan has rejected an attempt by anti-whaling nations, including Australia, to clamp down on its controversial Antarctic "research" kill.

Struggle to rein in Japan's plans for a new 'scientific' whaling program

Three minke whales dead on deck the Japanese ship Nisshin Maru in the Southern Ocean on January 6, 2014.

Andrew Darby International dispute developing at International Whaling Commission meeting to mesh landmark court ruling with future permits.

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

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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.