Whaling Ships Set Sail for Japan’s First Commercial Whale Hunt in 30 Years

By Elaine Lies and Masashi Kato KUSHIRO, Japan, July 1 (Reuters) - Five small ships sailed out of harbor on Monday in Japan's first commercial whale hunt in more than three decades, a move that has aroused global condemnation and fears for the fate of whales. Japan has long said few whale species are endangered, and news in December that it was leaving the International … [Read more...]

Japan to Resume Commercial Whaling After Pulling Out of IWC

By Linda Sieg and Kiyoshi Takenaka TOKYO (Reuters) - Japan will resume commercial whaling from July in its waters and exclusive economic zone while ending its controversial hunts in the Antarctic, it said on Wednesday, as it announced its withdrawal from the International Whaling Commission (IWC). Australia and New Zealand welcomed the decision to abandon the Antarctic … [Read more...]

Sea Shepherd’s Captain Paul Watson Defends Decision to End Southern Ocean Anti-Whaling Campaign

Captain Paul Watson from the controversial marine conservation group Sea Shepherd says that a lack of resources and technology compared to the Japanese whalers has made it impossible for the group to effectively combat the killing of whales in the Southern Ocean Whale Sanctuary. As the Japanese whaling fleet embarks on its annual whale hunt in the Southern Ocean, for the … [Read more...]

Outflanked Sea Shepherd Calls Off Southern Ocean Anti-Whaling Missions

TOKYO, Aug 29 (Reuters) - Japan will not lower its guard over its whaling even though its biggest foe - the Sea Shepherd conservation group - has said it will not send ships to disrupt its fleet this year, a government official said on Tuesday. Paul Watson, founder of the Sea Shepherd Conservation Society, said in a statement on Monday the group's limited resources made it … [Read more...]

Sea Shepherd Finds Japanese Whaling Fleet in Southern Ocean

Activists with the controversial Sea Shepherd Conservation Society have located the Japanese whaling fleet in the Southern Ocean setting the stage for what is sure to be another season of high seas drama and possibly violent confrontations in the remote Antarctic waters. Sea Shepherd said its vessels, including its new Ocean Warrior, intercepted part of the Japanese whaling … [Read more...]