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

UNESCO rejects 'feeble' Abbott government bid to wind back protection of Tasmanian forests

Andrew Darby World Heritage Committee took just seven minutes to summarily dismiss the Abbott government's bid to wind back protection from Tasmanian forests.

Whaling test for Abbott government

Japanese whaling ship

Andrew Darby A Japanese harpoon ship is said to be approaching Australian waters in the sub-Antarctic, posing a test on whaling for the Abbott government.

Seafish offers to cut trawler catch

Andrew Darby The backers of a super trawler are offering to reduce its take in a bid to convince the federal government to overturn a ban on it fishing in Australian waters.

Parks become a haven for devils

Andrew Darby SOME of Tasmania's best known national parks are to be isolated as devil havens in an escalation of the battle to save the marsupial from extinction by a facial cancer.

Historic conservation deal offers peace for Tasmania

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Andrew Darby Federal and Tasmanian governments swing in behind state's landmark forests peace deal.

Anti-whaling skipper poses problem over arrest notice

December 2, 2012
Captain Paul Watson rejoins the SSS Steve Irwin to command the 
Sea Shepherd fleet during Operation Zero Tolerance

Andrew Darby A DIPLOMATIC headache is developing for the federal government as ground is laid for the wanted Sea Shepherd leader, Paul Watson, to come ashore in Australia.

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Brown joins anti-whalers

Bob Brown

Andrew Darby Former Greens leader Bob Brown has been appointed a director of Sea Shepherd Australia in a bid to ensure the safety of the anti-whaling group's leader, Paul Watson.

Military icebreaker's arrival adds to whaling conflict

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Andrew Darby CONSERVATIONISTS tried to halt a new attempt by the Japanese whaling factory ship Nisshin Maru to refuel as a military icebreaker reached the conflict off the Australian Antarctic Territory.

Japanese call for action after showdown

Sea Shepherd ship Bob Barker (right) colliding with the Japanese whaling fleet fuel tanker the San Laurel.

Andrew Darby Japanese whalers are angrily renewing demands for action to restrain Sea Shepherd activists after what was claimed to be sabotage of refuelling operations off the Australian Antarctic Territory.

Whalers say activists ruined refuelling

Sea Shepherd ship Bob Barker (R) colliding with the Japanese whaling fleet fuel tanker the San Laurel

Andrew Darby JAPANESE whalers are angrily renewing demands for action to restrain Sea Shepherd activists after what was claimed to be sabotage of refuelling operations off the Australian Antarctic Territory.

Sea Shepherd stops whalers refuelling

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Andrew Darby Japanese whalers say Sea Shepherd is sabotaging their refuelling operations in Antarctica.

Japanese whalers end hunt, says Sea Shepherd

Sea Shepherd ship Bob Barker (right) colliding with the Japanese whaling fleet fuel tanker the San Laurel.

Andrew Darby Japanese whalers appear to have abandoned their Antarctic hunt, with Sea Shepherd activists saying they are tracking the fleet as it steams away from the Southern Ocean.

Tasmania's old growth forests win heritage protection

In contrast to denser rainforests that are hard to move through, the Tarkine has a tall, cathedrallike canopy that towers over the open spaces below.
Photo: Tourism or Tasmania
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Andrew Darby After decades of conflict, Tasmania's old growth forests have won protection on the World Heritage list.

Conservationists win Tarkine legal battle

'[Tarkine] ranges from wild, windswept beaches through extensive buttongrass plains with stunning vistas to impressive rainforests.'

Andrew Darby Conservationists in Tasmania have won a Federal Court action overthrowing the approval by former environment minister Tony Burke of a controversial mine in the Tarkine region.

Gunns losing faith in pulp mill

Demand for wood chips has plunged.

Andrew Darby Tasmania's forest industry is in meltdown, with one-time timber giant Gunns Ltd admitting it lacks confidence its flagship $2.3 billion pulp mill will go ahead.

Super trawler deal 'perverted'

Andrew Darby, Linton Besser An initial official green light for a fish quota for the controversial super trawler Margiris came with the active participation of the venture's proponent, a confidential record shows.

Questions raised over super trawler's quota

FV Margiris.

Andrew Darby, Linton Besser THE federal Environment Minister, Tony Burke, is seeking urgent advice about whether he can try to stop the super trawler MV Margiris fishing off the Australian coast.

Sea Shepherd's most wanted declares new whale war

Environmentalist and founder of Sea Shepherd, Paul Watso

Andrew Darby The wanted Sea Shepherd leader, Paul Watson, is marshalling resources for the biggest campaign yet against Japanese whaling.

Call for heritage listing of the Tarkine to head off tin mine

Tarkine Trails, Tasmania

Andrew Darby A BID to restore emergency National Heritage protection to the Tarkine wilderness in Tasmania's north-west has been launched by environmentalists to head off a ''Pilbara-style'' mine in the...

Coalition backs heritage Antarctica

David Bushby: 'Antarctica is too important in the global scene to lose to mining or pollution.'

Andrew Darby The Coalition puts its weight behind the world heritage listing of Antarctica, a boost for an environmental cause sharply dividing polar experts.