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2009-03-05 12:50:00

The Asahi newspaper reported on Thursday, Japan is considering reducing the number of whales it catches each year, as an international body fights to bridge the divide between nations for and against whaling. Japan currently aims to catch about 900 whales a year in Antarctic waters. On March 9, the International Whaling Commission (IWC) will meet in Rome to discuss a compromise proposal put forward last month. An IWC panel suggests allowing Japanese coastal whaling in return for limiting or...

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2009-02-27 14:45:00

Iceland's decision to up its whaling quota has been criticized by the United States after concerns that there may not be enough whales to sustain the hunt, the AFP reported. Despite international calls for it to reconsider, Iceland's new left-wing government announced last week that it would maintain an earlier decision for a six-fold increase quota of 150 fin and 150 minke whales this year. The U.S. State Department released an official statement strongly opposing the decision. "We are...

2009-02-11 07:27:00

LISBON, Portugal, Feb. 11 /PRNewswire-USNewswire/ -- The Pew Whales Commission, a high level body of eminent international group of diplomats, judges, lawyers, scientists and former Ministers, today called for government ministers to resolve the whaling stalemate. "The Pew Whales Commission agreed on the need for a higher level of political muscle to move the International Whaling Commission (IWC) out of its current impasse," said Dr. Peter Bridgewater, Commission Chair and former chair of...

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2009-02-06 11:00:00

A ship carrying members of an anti-whaling protest group collided with a Japanese whaling vessel in Antarctic waters on Friday. The Sea Shepherd Conservation Society claimed the collision was unavoidable as the Japanese whaling ship, Yushin Maru No. 2 attempted to block the path of the ship. "We told them to not continue their illegal whaling operations and that we would be blocking the stern slipway of the factory ship," said Paul Watson, captain of the Steve Irwin ship. "They decided to...

2009-02-02 16:24:00

YARMOUTH PORT, Mass., Feb. 2 /PRNewswire-USNewswire/ -- Documents released today by the International Whaling Commission (IWC) confirm the United States' leadership in negotiations to undo the global moratorium on commercial whaling and extend unprecedented authorization to the Government of Japan to kill whales off its coastline and in international waters. "The plan released today is a bad deal for whales and international efforts to protect them," said Patrick Ramage, IFAW Global Whale...

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2009-01-17 15:20:00

Anti-whaling activists temporarily called off their operations to disrupt Japanese whaling around Antarctica earlier this month.The Sea Shepherd Conservation Society's flagship, the "Steve Irwin", had run low on fuel and refused to divulge where it was heading.However, the ship is currently docked in Tasmania and should head back to the Southern Ocean next week.Founder Paul Watson said the ship had arrived in Hobart, the capital of Australia's southern island state of Tasmania, where it is...

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2009-01-08 09:40:00

Australia has denied a Japanese appeal to stop anti-whaling activists from stocking up; announcing Thursday that their boat is permitted to dock at an Australian port prior to returning to Japan, where they will continue to fight whalers. Acting Prime Minister Julia Gillard said that there is no point for Australia, who is against whaling, to assenting to Japan's demand, chancing any more diplomatic arguments with Tokyo."The Steve Irwin will be permitted to dock at an Australian port. There...

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2009-01-05 08:00:00

Sea Shepherd, an anti-whaling group, has been forced to abandon its chase of a Japanese whaling fleet to refuel its ship. According to Paul Watson, founder of the U.S. group, the Sea Shepherd team would return to its pursuit in the Antarctic after refueling its ship, the Steve Irwin, in a nearby port. Watson added that the two-week operation had been successful in lowering the number of whales killed by the Japanese. Despite an international freeze on whaling since 1986, Japan continues to...

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2008-12-29 08:00:00

The Sea Shepherd Conservation Society, a U.S.-based anti-whaling group, reported Saturday that it had successfully forced Japan's whaling fleet out of waters near Antarctica claimed by Australia. The organization posted the statement on its Web site www.seashepherd.org, saying its ship, the Steve Irwin, had achieved its goal of forcing the Japanese fleet, which was on annual hunt to kill 900 whales, into waters off the New Zealand owned Ross Dependency. Australia has declared an "EEZ", or...

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2008-11-17 11:32:50

The Nisshin Maru, Japan's main whaling ship, reportedly left harbor on Monday heading for the Antarctic on its first hunt since April when it was confronted by anti-whaling activists. There was no official confirmation of the ship's departure, but Greenpeace reported that it left the port of Innoshima with plans to take about 850 minke whales and 50 fin whales. "Waved off only by the crew's families and whaling officials, the factory ship Nisshin Maru left Innoshima with no fanfare,"...