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Japanese fleet sets sale for Antarctic whaling

Japanese fleet sets sale for Antarctic whaling

AFP reports that two Japanese whaling ships and a surveillance vessel left Saturday for the annual hunt in the Antarctic Sea quoting Kyodo News. The three ships departed from the western port of Shimonoseki to join other ships to hunt up to 935 Antarctic minke whales and up to 50 fin whales through March, the news…

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Antarctic marine protection blocked by Russia

Russia representatives have blocked proposals to create the two largest ocean sanctuaries in the world in the Antarctic.  The Russian delegation were taking part in this week’s special Commission for the Conservation on Marine Living Resources (CCAMLR) meeting in Germany, which concluded today with no progress on two proposals to designate a 2.3 million square…

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An evening in the 'Last Ocean'

I have just spent an incredible evening with Erich Hoyt, Rob Lott, Peter Hall, Mel Salmon and a cinema full of friends and colleagues with the Director of the Last Ocean. It was great catching up with some old friends, such as Claire Bass, Richard Page and Barbara Mass. This film is an incredible exposé…

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Last Ocean film to show in London

New Zealand filmmaker Peter Young’s feature documentary, The Last Ocean will be showing in London on Thursday 4th July. The film, which is supported by WDC, looks at the threats facing what is the last intact ocean ecosystem on Earth – the Ross Sea, and exposes the commercial over-fishing of the Antarctic toothfish in the…

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Why is Australia v Japan such a special case?

The history of contentious cases at the International Court of Justice (ICJ) is long, dating back to 1947. The ICJ was founded just a few years earlier in 1945 and is the principle judicial organ of the United Nations. A contentious case is one in which there is a legal dispute between countries (as opposed to a…

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Australia questions the science behind Japan’s whaling

Australian officials have questioned the scientific basis behind Japan’s Antarctic whale hunts on the opening two days of the public hearings at the International Court of Justice (ICJ) in The Hague. The Australian government has taken Japan to the court in a bid to expose the true nature Japanese ‘scientific’ research programme under which it…

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Japanese 'Scientific' whaling on trial

Australia, a leading opponent of Japan’s annual so-called “scientific” hunts has brought a case before the International Court of Justice (ICJ) in The Hague, hoping that the court will outlaw the hunts at the end of a long awaited case which started on Wednesday 26th June. The court, the principal judicial organ of the United…

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New Zealand and Japan discuss whaling issue

New Zealand’s Foreign Minister, Murray McCully has told his new Japanese counterpart that he hopes their two countries can find a diplomatic solution to Japan’s whaling. The issue of whaling was raised in a meeting this week between Mr McCully and Fumio Kishida, Tokyo’s new Foreign Minister. The talks were held despite New Zealand’s decision…

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