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

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.

Anger over loggers' grab of exit cash

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Andrew Darby A $44 million federal government bailout of struggling logging contractors has ended in anger.

Whale of a time over for our monsters of the deep

A sperm whale calf only hours old, born off the southwest coast of Guam 15 June 2001 swims towards a photographer.

Andrew Darby Moby Dick's descendants are in trouble. Sperm whales are failing to recover from whaling in Australia, 30 years after the great predators were last harpooned.

Fishing powers reject Antarctic parks

Fishermen are concerned a compensation package would come well after the announcement of the final boundaries for the marine reserves.

Andrew Darby An attempt by Western nations, including Australia, to build support for big Antarctic marine reserves has been rebuffed by the fishing powers.

Tasmanian DPP involved in fatal crash

Andrew Darby Tasmania's Director of Public Prosecutions, Tim Ellis, has been involved in a fatal car crash on the island's Midland Highway.

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.

The river runs free and wild

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Andrew Darby The shaggy tea-trees on Rock Island are still there: exactly the same trees, little changed in a generation.

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.

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.

Anti-whaling ships hit

Andrew Darby A Sea Shepherd ship has been disabled and a tanker ship hit amid ice-strewn Antarctic waters in a clash with Japanese whalers.

Tasmania under new fire threat

23 May 2012, news, story by Chris Knaus, photo by STUART WALMSLEY. Unveiling of the new ACT Emergency Services Agency training centre in Hume. Generic image of protective fire fighting clothing

Andrew Darby Hot, dry and windy conditions have sparked a fresh spate of bushfires threatening homes in Tasmania.

Tasmania fire survivors ready to rebuild

Burnt houses at Dunalley

Andrew Darby Just a fortnight after wading into the sea to hide beneath a jetty, a Tasmanian family whose bushfire survival story resonated globally are keen to rebuild.

Musician returns to a happy note

Mal Battersby.

Andrew Darby, Sommers Bay, Tasmania Malcolm Battersby shook his head, still amazed that he could sit on the deck of his little Tasmanian shack, while around him his friends' homes were gone.

Hundreds homeless but hopes up for no fatalities

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Andrew Darby More than 300 people are homeless as a result of the Tasmanian bushfires, according to the state government.

Red Cross tries to ease fears over 'missing people'

Tasmania Police Acting Commissioner Scott Tilyard.

Andrew Darby The Red Cross has attempted to ease fears regarding potential victims of the Tasmanian bushfires amid continuing media claims of concerns for up to 100 missing people.

Tasmania police allay fears 100 missing

Tasmania Police Acting Commissioner Scott Tilyard.

Andrew Darby POLICE have discounted media claims that up to 100 people are missing victims of the Tasmanian bushfires.

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.

Prepare for more scorchers, Gillard warns

Prime Minister Julia Gillard embraces Summers Bay Road resident Julie Miller.

Andrew Darby, Dunalley, Tasmania Prime Minister Julia Gillard underscored the dangers facing Australia this summer from climate change as she saw Tasmanian bushfire ruins, and warned people to expect more.