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

Armed Russians detain Australian Greenpeace activists

Andrew Darby Activists are calling for the release of two Australians detained aboard a Greenpeace icebreaker after armed Russian officers stormed it using helicopters and ropes.

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.

Final legal attack launched on Japanese whaling

Andrew Darby Justin Gleeson, SC, points to a gaping hole at the heart of Japan's 'scientific' program.

NBN suffers failure to communicate

Aurora NBN Data Centre at Cambridge near Hobart, Tasmania.

Andrew Darby Digital divide still being strongly felt in network's lauch town of Hobart.

Japan's whaling program scientific, says expert

Andrew Darby Japan's expert witness in the whaling case casts doubt on number of whales killed.

Whaling decision is ours alone, Japan claims

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Andrew Darby Japan claims clear and indisputable legal right to determine alone how it will conduct its Antarctic scientific whaling, at the International Court of Justice.

Tasmania's old growth forests win heritage protection

In contrast to denser rainforests that are hard to move through, the Tarkine has a tall, cathedrallike canopy that towers over the open spaces below.
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Andrew Darby After decades of conflict, Tasmania's old growth forests have won protection on the World Heritage list.

Japan plans determined defence of whaling case

Andrew Darby Australia's $20 million legal bid to end Japan's "research" whaling in the Antarctic is set to begin hearings against a determined defence led by a top Japanese official.

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.