Latest Whaling in Japan Stories

2010-02-11 07:45:56

A fisheries official announced Wednesday that Japan will propose scaling down its troubled annual whale hunt in Antarctica, on conditions that it is allowed to whale commercially in its own coastal waters. The official said that Tokyo plans to present its proposal to the International Whaling Commission (IWC) in Morocco in June, even though a similar plan was rejected last year by the 85-body nation. "We have been studying ways to reach a packaged agreement and to normalize the IWC...

2010-01-20 07:45:00

As an ongoing whaling dispute between Japan and Australia heats up, lawmakers of Japan's ruling party are rethinking a possible defense logistics accord between the two nations, the AFP news agency reported.  The lawmakers' concerns follow harassment early this month by anti-whaling activists of the Sea Shepherd Conservation Society of a Japanese whaling fleet on its annual hunt for hundreds of whales in Antarctic waters. Australia opposes the hunts, and has threatened international...

2010-01-08 18:17:00

LOS ANGELES, Jan. 8 /PRNewswire/ -- The world's attention was drawn this week to the shocking action of a Japanese whaling vessel, which rammed the Ady Gil, a sleek and speedy trimaran owned and operated by the Sea Shepherd Conservation Society, putting its crew members in danger of drowning and ultimately causing the craft to sink. The incident, which occurred January 5th in the Antarctic Marine Whale Sanctuary, brought up the subject of international agreements to limit the slaughter of...

2009-12-08 13:17:13

A futuristic powerboat left Australia on Tuesday en route to Antarctic seas on a mission to harass Japanese whalers. The vessel, named the "Ady Gil" is a futuristic looking boat that resembles something from a Batman film. It was named for the ships benefactor, Ady Gil, who helped acquire the vessel. On October 17, The Sea Shepherd Conservation Society unveiled the Ady Gil as its newest "ocean defense vessel." The boat was previously known as the Earthrace, after setting the world record for...

2009-10-27 07:42:35

On Monday the Japanese head of state made a diplomatic but earnest plea for Netherlands' authorities to take punitive measures against a Dutch-registered sea vessel used by the radical environmentalist group Sea Shepherd Conservation Society to harass Japanese whaling ships in the waters of the Antarctic. Shortly into his four-day trip to the country, newly-elected Japanese Prime Minister Yukio Hatoyama met with Dutch premier Jan Peter Balkenende and made a direct request that his government...

2009-06-26 12:55:00

A U.S. fisheries expert and outgoing chair of the International Whaling Commission (IWC) proposed that ending the commercial hunting ban on whales could actually benefit whale conservation efforts, BBC News reported. This year's IWC meeting saw pro- and anti-whaling nations agree to further compromise talks and deferred a decision on a controversial bid from Greenland to add humpback whales to its annual hunt. The Greenland Inuit are granted hunting quotas because they are one of the...

2009-06-22 06:00:00

-- With International Whaling Commission Meetings in Portugal Kicking Off, Animal Planet Gauges Americans' Knowledge of Whaling Debate -- NEW YORK, June 22 /PRNewswire/ -- Animal Planet today released the results of a national Online Zogby Interactive poll of 3,412 Americans to coincide with the 61st annual meeting of the International Whaling Commission. The survey -- commissioned by Animal Planet, the producers of WHALE WARS -- was intended to assess Americans' knowledge of and attitudes...

2009-05-12 06:25:00

Peace agreements over whaling have stalled between pro and anti-whaling nations. The countries have been debating for nearly a year in an attempt to come to an agreement before this year's International Whaling Commission (IWC) meeting. According to BCC News, who has seen the report, the process has "fallen short." An unnamed source has blamed Japan for the stalemate, saying the nation did not offer large enough cuts in its Antarctic hunting, which the nation claims is used for research....

2009-04-22 15:00:57

The Japanese government argued in support of its latest whaling mission on Wednesday, claiming that its call for the killing of 60 minke whales is for research purposes only. The mission involving five ships "“ four whaling ships and one for research "“ left Ayukawa port in northern Miyagi prefecture on Wednesday. The vessels will remain at sea until late May, according to the Japanese fisheries agency. Japan uses a legal loophole in the 1986 international moratorium on commercial...

2009-04-13 11:42:39

Japan's notorious whaling fleet fell extremely short of their goal after interference caused by anti-whaling activists. After five months at sea, the six-ship flotilla trapped 680 whales, falling very short of the intended 765 and 935, the agency said. "It was mainly because of the harassment by the Sea Shepherds," said Shigeki Takaya of the agency's whaling division. The Sea Shepherd Conservation Society environmental group beleaguered the ships for 16 days, he noted. The group's ship...

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