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

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.

Blueprint for Antarctica calls for science funding not expansion

A foraging Emperor penguin preens on snow-covered sea ice around the base of the active volcano Mount Erebus, near McMurdo Station, the largest U.S. Science base in Antarctica, December 9, 2006.  REUTERS/Deborah Zabarenko   (ANTARTICA)

Andrew Darby A long-awaited strategic plan for Australia in Antarctica calls for more big science on the frozen continent, but casts a cloud over one of the country's bases.

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

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

Australian arrested in Sea Shepherd whale hunt protest

Sea Shepherd activists being arrested for obstructing a whale hunt in the Faroe Islands.

Andrew Darby An Australian filmmaker arrested in a Faroe Islands protest has described as horrendous a pilot whale hunt she was trying to prevent.

Tasmanian forest deal up in smoke after logging protection repeals

Andrew Darby The Tasmanian Liberal Government has succeeded in unwinding key parts of the peace deal to end the state's forest wars.

Tasmania Governor Peter Underwood remembered

Tasmnia's Governor Peter Underwood with former premier David Bartlett.

Andrew Darby Peter Underwood, AC, a British child migrant who grew up to become Chief Justice and then Governor of Tasmania, has died in office after suffering kidney cancer.

Tasmania's Governor, Peter Underwood gravely ill

Andrew Darby Tasmania's Governor, Peter Underwood, AC, is gravely ill after a kidney cancer operation, the state's Government House said on Monday.

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

Members of the Tasmanian Aboriginal community looking over forests in the Florentine Valley in southern Tasmania.

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

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Fresh controversy over factory ships in Australian waters

Andrew Darby A fresh controversy is brewing over the use of factory ships in Australian waters, with a plan to bring in a 4400-tonne east European-owned ship.

Australia will not negotiate over Tasmanian forest delisting, says minister

Andrew Darby A bid by the Abbott government to reduce world heritage protection for Tasmanian forests is considered likely to fail after it ruled out negotiating with other countries to get its proposal up.

Tasmania's forests now a defining national issue

Tasmania's Tarkine Forest.

Andrew Darby Is this game on for Tassie's forests? Andrew Darby clears the wood from the trees.

Japan's whalers expect to return to Antarctic

Andrew Darby Japan's whalers expect to return to the Antarctic, despite losing an International Court of Justice (ICJ) case Australia brought against them that bans their hunt.

International Court of Justice orders Japan to end Antarctic whaling

Andrew Darby When the world's last whaling factory ship ,the Nisshin Maru, left the Antarctic at the end of this past summer, it did something different.