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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

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

Last catch for polar pirates

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".

Healthy captive Tasmanian devils take a break.

Vaccine success against devil cancer

The long battle to save the Tasmanian devil from its deadly facial cancer is set to pass a vital milestone, with the first release into the wild of immunised animals.

Krill may be tiny but they are big business, with China planning to increase the nation's catch.

China moves in for the krill

China has declared plans for an unprecedented expansion of fishing for Antarctic krill, the crustacean at the heart of the polar food web.

The 120km-long Totten Glacier is showing signs of melting from below.

Mega glacier melting at critical rate

Warming ocean water is said to be melting the largest glacier in East Antarctica, underscoring climate change's assault on the continent’s ice cover.