The Amazon Pink Dolphin’s Voice: Australia protests to Japan about whaling ship

Australia Protests to Japan About Whaling Ship

A support vessel for the Japanese whaling fleet is sailing in Australian waters in pursuit of anti-whaling activists, Australia said after protesting to the Tokyo government.

Environment Minister Tony Burke said his government received confirmation Thursday that the Shonan Maru No. 2 had entered Australia’s exclusive economic zone near Macquarie Island in the Antarctic Ocean. The Australian embassy in Tokyo protested to the Japanese government, he said.

“Australia has made it clear to Japan on a number of occasions that vessels associated with its whaling program are not welcome” in Australia’s territorial waters or economic zone, he said.

The Shonan Maru No. 2 is owned by the Japanese government and provides security for the whaling fleet conducting the country’s annual hunt.

The ship tailed anti-whaling ship Bob Barker over two days toward Macquarie Island, said Bob Brown, mission leader of the Washington state-based Sea Shepherd Conservation Society.

Brown said the Shonan Maru No. 2 stopped just outside Australian territorial waters but remained inside Australia’s exclusive economic zone Friday as the Bob Barker proceeded up the island’s coast. Australia’s territorial waters extend 12 nautical miles (22 kilometers) from the island, but it claims exclusive economic rights within 200 nautical miles (370 kilometers).

“Tokyo has ignored the call from the federal government for this part of the whaling fleet not to enter our Exclusive Economic Zone,” Brown, a former senator, told Australian Broadcasting Corp. radio.

Glenn Inwood, spokesman for Japan’s Tokyo-based whaling organization, said there was no legal obstacle to Japanese ships entering either area.

He said Japan was forced to defy Australia’s wishes because Sea Shepherd deploys dangerous tactics to sabotage the whaling fleet.

“Since Sea Shepherd has been putting Japanese lives and property at risk, it’s been necessary to move as close to Australian territorial waters as possible to keep an eye on them,” Inwood said.

A year ago, three anti-whaling activists boarded the Shonan Maru No. 2 and were held there for several days before being transferred to an Australian customs ship. No charges were brought. In 2010, the ship and a Sea Shepherd speed boat collided and the speed boat sank, but no one was injured.

Australia maintains the hunts violate Japan’s international obligations and is seeking a ruling by the International Court of Justice in the Hague.

Japan says it hunts whales for scientific purposes, an allowed exception to the international whaling ban, though activists say the hunts are a cover for commercial whaling because whale meat not used for study is sold for consumption in Japan.

Japan decries Sea Shepherd as a terrorist group that risks lives through tactics used to obstruct the whaling fleet.

Source: abc News

Japan blasted after whaling ship enters Australian waters

SYDNEY: The Australian government said it has lodged a protest with Tokyo after part of the Japanese whaling fleet entered its exclusive economic zone in the Southern Ocean near Macquarie Island.

Canberra is strongly opposed to whaling and launched legal action challenging the basis of Japan’s so-called “scientific” hunt in December 2010.

The Japanese fleet left for the Southern Ocean in late December, planning to catch up to 935 Antarctic minke whales and up to 50 fin whales and the Shonan Maru No.2 has strayed into Australian territory.

“The government strongly objects to whaling vessels passing through Australian territorial seas or our exclusive economic zone,” Environment Minister Tony Burke said late Thursday.

“Australia has made it clear to Japan on a number of occasions that vessels associated with its whaling programme are not welcome in Australia’s exclusive economic zone or territorial sea.

“Our embassy in Tokyo has conveyed these sentiments directly to the Japanese government,” he added.

Japan claims it conducts vital scientific research using a loophole in an international ban on whaling, but makes no secret of the fact that the animals ultimately end up on dinner plates.

Anti-whaling group Sea Shepherd is again tracking the Japanese fleet, with the militant environmentalist’s ships having left from Australia.

On Wednesday, Sea Shepherd said it had located the harpoon ship Yushin Maru No. 3 at a relatively northern latitude and they were tailing the fleet.

Bob Brown, the founder of Australia’s Greens party who assumed leadership of the anti-whaling campaign from fugitive Sea Shepherd founder Paul Watson earlier this month, praised Canberra for raising the incursion with Tokyo.

“This vessel has armed personnel aboard,” Brown said in a statement.

“It is an affront to Australia that it is entering our territorial waters surrounding the World Heritage-listed Macquarie Island, which is part of Tasmania.”

Source: ASIA PACIFIC NEWS

Australia Tells Japanese Whalers To Stay Away

Japan’s whaling organisation says it entered Australian waters around Macquarie Island to monitor anti-whaling activists.

A small boat from the Sea Shepherd vessel, Steve Irwin, passes the Japanese whaling ship the Shonan Maru 2

The Shonan Maru 2 is a security vessel for the whaling fleet

A Japanese government ship providing security for whalers has entered Australian waters, prompting a furious reaction from Canberra.

The Australian embassy in Tokyo lodged a protest with the Japanese government after the Shonan Maru 2 crossed into an exclusive economic zone near Macquarie Island in the Antarctic Ocean while following anti-whaling activists.

Australia’s environment minister Tony Burke said: “Australia has made it clear to Japan on a number of occasions that vessels associated with its whaling programme are not welcome.”

Bob Brown, mission leader of the US-based Sea Shepherd Conservation Society, said the Japanese vessel followed the anti-whaling ship the Bob Barker for two days.

Macquarie Island

Australia’s economic zone extends 200 nautical miles from Macquarie Island

He said that although the Shonan Maru 2 had stopped outside Australian territorial waters, it was inside Australia’s exclusive economic zone on Friday.

Australia’s territorial waters extend 12 nautical miles (22km) from Macquirie Island, but it claims exclusive economic rights within 200 nautical miles (370km).

“This vessel has armed personnel aboard,” Mr Brown said.

“It is an affront to Australia that it is entering our territorial waters surrounding the World Heritage-listed Macquarie Island, which is part of Tasmania.”

The damaged powerboat Ady Gil after a collision with the Japanese ship Shonan Maru No. 2

A Sea Shepherd speed boat collided with the Shonan Maru No. 2 in 2010

Japan’s whaling organisation said it was forced to defy Australia’s wishes because of the dangerous tactics used by activists aboard the Sea Shepherd.

A year ago, three anti-whaling activists boarded the Shonan Maru No 2 and were held there for several days before being transferred to an Australian customs ship. In 2010, the ship and a Sea Shepherd speed boat collided and the speed boat sank.

Japan says it hunts whales for scientific purposes, an allowed exception to the international whaling ban, though activists say the hunts are a cover for commercial whaling because the meat is sold for consumption.

The Australian government has launched a legal challenge to Japanese whaling through the International Court of Justice.

Source: Sky News

Editorial: SELVA-Vida Sin Fronteras

Selvavidasinfronteras.wordpress.com

Editorial Committee

David Dunham

Arno Ambrosius

Gustavo López Ospina

Mariana Almeida

Pieter Jan Brouwer

Assistant: Emilia Romero

The Amazon Pink Dolphin’s Voice is associated with the International Environmental Mission, a grass roots citizens movement created by Chilean Senator Juan Pablo Letelier.

SELVA Vida Sin Fronteras acknowledges Kevin Schafer’s important contribution towards protecting the highly endangered Amazon pink fresh water dolphin. Title photographs of our “The Amazon Pink Dolphin’s Voice” were taken by Mr. Schafer. 

~ by FSVSF Admin on 1 February, 2013.

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