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

Opposition Leader Bill Shorten seeks briefing from Prime Minister Tony Abbott on bombing Syria

Andrew Darby "When it comes to fighting terror we're all in this together. Labor and Liberals, we're all Australians first," says Opposition leader Bill Shorten

Guard taken hostage at Tasmania's Risdon Prison

Hobart's troubled Risdon Prison.

Andrew Darby A guard has been taken hostage again at Tasmania's troubled Risdon Prison.

Last catch for polar toothfish pirates

Australian officers investigate the illegal fisher Perlon in the Indian Ocean.

Andrew Darby Some of the last Antarctic pirate fishers have been dealt a $A2.4 million further blow, as authorities take a stranglehold over their chase for toothfish "white gold".

Labor asks why $31 million Tasmanian ferry refurbishment carried out by 44 per cent overseas workforce

Spirit of Tasmania II

Andrew Darby An investigation is being sought into the $31 million refurbishment by a partially foreign workforce of Bass Strait's Spirit of Tasmania passenger ferries.

Weather: Snow forecast in Victoria as Hobart gets sea-level dusting

Snow  in Hobart

Andrew Darby, Robyn Grace It may not be snowing in the city like Hobart but Victorians can expect their own dusting of snow on Monday.

Australian Antarctic director a bet on science

New Australian Antarctic Division director Nick Gales (left) with other scientists tagging a seal on Heard Island.

Andrew Darby Science has been cemented at the top of national polar work, with the choice of the Australian Antarctic Division's internationally recognised Chief Scientist, Nick Gales, as its new Director.

Swift parrot flies into government roadblock

Trouble ahead: swift parrot recovery has encountered headwinds.

Andrew Darby The Tasmanian government has been accused of refusing to join a recovery effort for the migratory swift parrot, as the population of the bird collapses under pressure from predatory sugar gliders and...

Caltex's Alexander Spirit crew loses bid to stop being replaced by foreign labour

The crew of the Alexander Spirit fuel tanker has lost its appeal to the Fair Work Commission.

Andrew Darby and Nick Toscano Australia is set to be left with just one locally crewed fuel tanker ship after a failed bid to stop workers on Caltex's Alexander Spirit being replaced with cheaper foreign labour.

Japan's plan for more Antarctic whaling suffers another embarrassment

Andrew Darby International whaling committee is split over the controversial minke whale kill, scheduled to begin in December.

Australian group forces Japanese aquariums to stop buying dolphins caught in harrowing chase

The Taiji dolphin hunt in 2007.

Andrew Darby A small Australian group has done what years of vigils, arrests, and even the plea of a Kennedy could not: knock the wind out of Japan's dolphin hunt.

Environmental alliance angered at Geelong Star's dolphin and seal kill

Four dolphins and two seals have died in the nets of the Geelong Star.

Andrew Darby The controversial factory freezer trawler Geelong Star has killed four dolphins and two seals on its first fishing trip in Australian waters.

Australian fishing vessel trapped in Antarctic ice awaiting rescue

View from the Australian ice breaker Aurora Australis

Andrew Darby A US Coast Guard icebreaker is being sent to rescue an Australian fishing vessel trapped in remote Antarctic pack ice.

Inquest into youth suicide cluster in Tasmania

Generic youth suicide

Andrew Darby An inquest into the deaths of six young people in Tasmania has heard that cumulative harm through their lives preceded suicide.

Interpol says pirate fishing vessels operating in protected research areas south of Australia

Andrew Darby Interpol has disclosed that polar pirate fishers exposed by the New Zealand Navy were operating in waters south of Australia.

Huge Tasmanian wilderness area now open to development

In deep: Tasmanian campaign manager of the Wilderness Society, Vica Bayley, in Styx Valley.

Andrew Darby A new front is opening in Tasmania's environment wars, as the state government moves to bring tourist development into the previously off-limits World Heritage wilderness.

Light aircraft recovery operation off Tasmania fails when line snaps

Andrew Darby The aircraft was flying at mast height before it crashed nose-first into the water on Monday.

Bodies of pilot and photographer found in crashed Tasmanian plane

Photographer Tim Jones, 61, who was on board the plane when it crashed.

Andrew Darby The bodies of two men who died when their Cessna 172 crashed while photographing the Sydney-Hobart yacht race have been found in the intact aircraft on the seabed, police said.

Research ship funded for only partial service

RV Investigator, the new $120 million CSIRO research ship, arrived in Hobart on Tuesday. Photo supplied.

Andrew Darby Australia's new $126 million marine science flagship, RV Investigator, has been officially put to work but a funding shortfall means it will be in service for only part of the year.

Expert panel warns of supertrawler environmental risks

The Dutch-owned supertrawler Margiris.

Andrew Darby An expert scientific panel has warned of broad environmental risks of a supertrawler in Australia’s small pelagic fishery.

Law reformer Kate Warner to be new Tasmanian Governor

Map of Tasmania ; state of Tasmania; Tas; Tassie

Andrew Darby Law reformer Kate Warner will be Tasmania's new Governor, in an appointment that brought wide backing.