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

Activitists on tail of fleeing Japanese whaling ship

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

Liberals targeted Palmer United Party 'threat' with spin campaign in Tasmanian election

Will Hodgman

Andrew Darby The Tasmanian Liberal Party in Tasmania considered the Palmer United Party such a serious threat to its majority government ambitions in the state election that it hired a corporate spin doctor to...

Japan denies problem despite whale hunt delay

(FILES) This file handout image received on February 16, 2011 and taken on February 9, 2011 by the Sea Shepherd Conservation Society shows Sea Shepherd crewmembers (R) gathering at the bow of their ship Bob Barker looking out at the Japanese factory ship Nisshin Maru (L) in the Southern Ocean. US conservation group Sea Shepherd vowed on December 18, 2012 to fight a US court order to stay at least 500 yards away from Japanese whaling ships, and to keep protecting whales

Andrew Darby THE Japanese government has confirmed plans to go whaling in the Antarctic this summer amid speculation over the late departure of a key ship.

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.

Andrew Darby

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.

Man feared dead, at least 80 properties lost in Tasmanian bushfires

Andrew Darby, Nick Ralston AT LEAST 80 homes have been lost and one man is feared killed by a bushfire that swept down onto the Tasmanian town of Dunalley, less than 60 kilometres from Hobart, in catastrophic conditions.

Memories revived as dark inferno revisits Dunalley

A scene of devastation in Dunalley.

Andrew Darby The fire that came for Dunalley brought a dark rhythm with it.

Bob Brown to lead Sea Shepherd

Bob Brown

Andrew Darby The former Greens leader will be at the helm of this season's Antarctic campaign against Japanese whalers.

Military icebreaker's arrival adds to whaling conflict

Whalers

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 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.

They're off and bracing for artless plunge

Andrew Darby Brave perhaps, but a nude winter solstice swim on a freezing Hobart morning was not art.

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.

Mawson doubts: hero or heel?

Douglas Mawson

Andrew Darby Australia's polar hero, Douglas Mawson, survived an epic Antarctic ordeal after he deliberately starved his surviving companion to death and possibly ate him, a new book suggests.

Six-strong team races to Antarctic emergency

antarctica in summer

Andrew Darby An Australian team is en route to help with a US medical emergency in the depths of the Antarctic winter.

The hidden Muirhead

Andy Muirhead during his <i>Colllectors</i> days.

Andrew Darby Andy Muirhead often did the unexpected. Few schoolmates in Hobart picked the thin, reserved boy as a future stand-up comedian, let alone a TV personality.

Activists plan to confront whalers in Japanese waters

Andrew Darby Sea Shepherd activists are planning to take their anti-whaling campaign to Japan's doorstep for the first time.

Shark species under threat from barbaric live finning

shark fin

Andrew Darby CELEBRITY chef Gordon Ramsay - not a man known for mincing his words - says it tastes of nothing.

Jobs to go at ABC as production unit axed

Mark Scott, ABC

Andrew Darby ABC boss Mark Scott has provoked an outcry after axing its Tasmanian television production unit.

Gunns boss accused of inside trade

John Gay.

Andrew Darby and Lucy Battersby Former Gunns Limited boss John Gay charged with insider trading after selling millions of dollars worth of shares before a major slump in the timber company's share price.

Thousands of porn files deleted, Muirhead case hears

Andy Muirhead

Andrew Darby A child pornography case against former ABC presenter Andy Muirhead has been told Australian Federal Police checks of a computer recovered 39,000 deleted files.