Whaling

Japan strikes back on whaling

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...

International Court of Justice upholds Australia's bid to ban Japanese whaling in Antarctica

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Andrew Darby The International Court of Justice has upheld Australia's bid to ban Japan's Antarctic whaling program.

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International Court of Justice is ruling on Japanese whaling in Antarctica

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The UN's International Court of Justice will rule Monday whether Japan has the right to hunt whales in the Antarctic, in an emotive case activists say is make-or-break for the giant mammal's future.

International Court of Justice upholds Australia's bid to ban Japanese whaling in Antarctica

Andrew Darby The International Court of Justice has upheld Australia's bid to ban Japan's Antarctic whaling program.

PM plays down impact of whaling verdict on Australia's relationship with Japan

Judith Ireland Prime Minister Tony Abbott has played down the impact of the International Court of Justice's whaling decision on Australia-Japan relations, saying the relationship between the two countries, was...

Decision on Australia's whaling case against Japan due at end of March

Andrew Darby The outcome of Australia's legal bid to end Japanese Antarctic whaling is to be announced at month's end.

Whaling conflict renewed in Antarctic

Andrew Darby Conservationists say they have again disrupted Japanese whaling, finding the factory ship Nisshin Maru after a lengthy search in the Antarctic.

US considers sanctions over Iceland's whaling

The United States says Iceland is violating an international agreement through its whaling, opening the possibility of economic sanctions over the controversial hunt.

Japanese whaling ship ’attacks’ Sea Shepherd boat

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Andrew Darby The Antarctic whaling conflict appears to have taken a dangerous turn, with claims Japanese ships attempted to sabotage Sea Shepherd vessels in the ice-strewn Ross Sea.

Whaling fleet found after Hunt tip

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Andrew Darby The Japanese whaling fleet is said to be on the run again in the Antarctic after being found by activists who followed up a tip from the Federal Environment Minister, Greg Hunt.

Japanese whaling ship Yushin Maru collides with Sea Shepherd's Bob Barker

Andrew Darby A Japanese whaling ship and a Sea Shepherd vessel have collided in the Ross Sea, south-east of New Zealand.

Japanese whaling fleet heads for annual Antarctic hunt

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Andrew Darby Federal Environment Minister Greg Hunt has confirmed Australia will again monitor Japanese whalers over the new year, as the fleet sails for its annual hunt.

Iceland increases 2014 whaling quotas

Iceland says it will increase its 2014 quotas for whaling in a move likely to intensify international condemnation of the practice.

Anti-whaling group attacks Greg Hunt over breaking election promise

Goya Dmytryshchak Anti-whaling activists have slammed the federal government for breaking an election promise to send a ship to monitor Japanese whaling in the Southern Ocean.

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Japan's whaling fleet on the run

MINKES AWAIT PROCESSING ON JAPANESE FACTORY SHIP NISSHIN MARU.

Andrew Darby Activist ships are clinging grimly to the wake of the Japanese factory ship, Nisshin Maru, after it was caught processing minke whales in the Antarctic.

Australian government air spy on Japanese whaling fleet

Andrew Darby The federal government has begun whaling patrol flights, circling conservation group Sea Shepherd's ship in the Southern Ocean as skirmishing begins with Japanese whalers.

Decision will bring tectonic shift in whaling politics

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Andrew Darby Deputy Foreign Minister Koji Tsuruoka wound up Japan's defence of its Antarctic whaling in the International Court of Justice by reminding Australia of its nightmare.

Julie Bishop backflip over whaling patrol ship

Andrew Darby Foreign Minister Julie Bishop has pulled back from the Coalition's previous firm commitment to sending a patrol ship south to monitor the whaling conflict this summer.

Sea Shepherd protest on for 2014 despite chance of whaling ban

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Andrew Darby Conservationist group Sea Shepherd is launching its 10th Antarctic anti-whaling campaign despite hopes that by next summer the International Court of Justice may have ruled against Japan's whalers.