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BP must not be allowed to risk the Pristine Wilderness of the Great Australian Bight Whale Nursery

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BP Developments Australia Pty. Ltd. (BP) plans to begin drilling for oil off the coastline of the Great Australian Bight in an Australian Marine Sanctuary. Their drill plan states the exact well locations have not been determined but are expected to range between 1,000 and 2,500 metres deep in an area located about 395 kilometres west of Port Lincoln and 340 kilometres south-west of Ceduna and will have environmental and economic impacts on marine reserves, whales, tourism and the fishing industry.

Since the Deepwater Horizon accident in the Gulf of Mexico, BP says, the oil and gas industry has developed significant capability to cap well blowouts,leading to a substantial reduction in the anticipated duration of uncontained hydrocarbon flow.  BP states, "Studies estimate that capping equipment can be mobilised and deployed to site within 35 days of a 'loss of well control' event occurring".

Bob Graham, Co-Chaiman, National Commission on the BP Deepwater Horizon Oil Spill and Offshore Drilling states, "we found first that this was a totally avoidable accident. It was not an act of god, it was an act of men operating badly. Number two, that there was a culture within BP and much of the rest of the offshore oil and gas industry which put dollars above safety". (ABC Four Corners)

In its Oil Spill Modelling BP estimates that the earliest oil will reach shore in 21 days (near Esperence, Western Australia). That is 14 days of uncontrolled devistation to a coastal region that inhibits access from land and sea. With no oil spill response the 'Peak Oil Ashore' will occur 50 to 150 days after blowout. (Source: GAB Oil Spill Modelling)

Great Australian Bight whales
Southern Right whales in the Bight. Photo: The Adelaide Advertiser

Further, deterministic simulations for the summer season showed that the maximum amount of oil on the shoreline peaked at 810 tonnes after 86 days, with 227km of coastline impacted. This increased to a maximum of 240km of coastline after 100 days due to the remobilisation and re-deposition of oil on the shoreline due to wave action and tidal cycling.

Wilderness Society South Australia director Peter Owen said the company was, "desperately trying to open up a new oil drilling province while the world turns its back on the flailing fossil fuel industry".

"Pushing to expand the fossil fuel industry is the height of irresponsibility. We must rapidly transition out of fossil fuels to have any chance of providing our children with a liveable climate". . . Great Australian Bight

Is that All We get from the Australian Prime Minister... Disappointed?

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Japan has asked to build submarines for the Australian Navy

Australian PM Malcolm Turnbull has said he is "very disappointed" by Japan's decision to resume Antarctic whaling as he began a brief visit to Tokyo, his first since becoming leader in September. Japan's whaling fleet set out for the Southern Ocean again earlier this month, with a target of 333 minke whales, a decision that has sparked a formal protest by 33 countries.

Japan's whaling is no longer a 'disappointment' or an 'emotional issue'. No longer are Japan's actions a 'difference of opinion' or about 'vested interests' or 'friendship', as has been said endlessly. Japan's actions are CRIMINAL since the International Court of Justice (ICJ) in 2014 ruled Japan's slaughter of whales in the Southern Ocean was NOT SCIENTIFIC and had to stop. In the Australian Federal Court the Humane Society International (HSI) with help from the Environmental Defender's Office fought and won a case against the Japanese company Kyodo Senpaku Kaisha with evidence that on four occasions the whaling company caught minke whales within waters off Antarctica that are designated as a whale sanctuary by Australian environmental law. Kyodo Senpaku Kaisha was fined A$1,000,000

Australian Economic Zone

Chief Executive Michael Kennedy (HSI) says, "Japan always claimed it was doing its work legally. Well our court case in 2004 and the ICJ in 2014 proves that nothing they do in our view is at all legal."

The Australian Government has the 'Will of the people' and the 'Law', both domestic and International, on its side. It is time to act.

There can be no submarine contracts with Japan (there are other options) and the Japanese whalers must be turned back. Physically turned back... blockaded from entering Australia's Antarctic EEZ.

The Sea Shepherd Vessel Sam Simon must, no longer, be the only defender of whales in the Southern Ocean. The Australian Government must stand up and stop the whalers. They are poaches heading to a Whale Sanctuary to murder and butcher the animals the Sanctuary protects and Australia manages (AAT) on behalf of the world. In parts of Africa wildlife poaches are shot and killed. That is a horrid position for a Government to be in but the Japanese poaches in their Factory Ship, the Nisshin Maru, must be turned back to Japan without killing one whale.

The Australian people demand it... the World demands it.

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Japan No Longer Recognises the International Court of Justice

Yushin Maru No.2
Japanese Whaling ship in the Southern Ocean Whale Santuary

6 October 2015 - Motohide Yoshikawa, Ambassador Extraordinary and Plenipotentiary Permanent Representative of Japan to the United Nations declared Japan will no longer recognise disputes, presented to the International Court of Justice (ICJ), brought against Japan in respect to it's harvesting of any or all living creatures of the sea. Calling every sea creature, that Japan wishes to exploit, "Living Resources" it continues it's war on whales and dolphins regardless of science and regardless of world opinion.

As Japan is now set to unilaterally resume Antarctic whaling in December 2015, after suspending the practice in 2014 it appears that Japan has taken some pre-emptive steps to ensure not only NEWREP-A success, but any future exploitation or over fishing of the sea by Japan, cannot be challenged before the International Court. . . Japan whaling

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Japan - The Rogue Nation out to Kill more Whales

Japan in Antarctic
A minke whale is unloaded at a port in Kushiro in 2013. Photo: AP

Whaling ships left port in north-eastern Japan, early April, 2015 to embark on another government-backed 'scientific' whale killing program in waters of the north-western Pacific and another new Antarctic whaling program is planned for later this year despite rulings from an international court and an expert panel.

The four ships that left port in Japan could kill up to 51 minke whales in a few short weeks as part of this so-called 'research' program.

Although a member of the International Whaling Commission (IWC) Japan has killed 13,000 whales since a ban was placed on Commercial whaling in 1986 by exploiting a loophole allowing the killing of whales for 'Scientific Research' purposes.

In a landmark legal challenge, Australia initiated proceedings through the UN International Court of Justice (ICJ) alleging that Japan was pursuing a large-scale program of whaling and was using science as a thinly veiled cover for commercial whaling in the Antarctic waters. . . Japan in Antarctica


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Taiji, Japan Dolphin Slaughter

Fishermen corral and slaughter dolphins

In the remote village of Taiji, Japan a team of activists and filmakers witness and document activities deliberately being hidden from the public: More than 20,000 dolphins and porpoises are being slaughtered each year and their meat, containing toxic levels of mercury, is being sold as food in Japan, often times labeled as whale meat.

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"The world today will either be stepping forward into an era where conservation and the environment really matter, or it will be stepping back into the Dark Ages, where the people of the world think that the slaughter of whales using grenades, electric lances and shooting them with rifles is something that we should accept."

Ian Campbell, Australian Environment Minister - 57th IWC AGM, Monday, June 20, 2005

"If all nations in the world took 1000 whales each year, the stocks would soon be exhausted. What gives one nation the right to a larger portion of the resources of the planet that all nations hold in common?"
Sir Geoffrey Palmer, NZ Commissioner to the IWC.Japan must be expelled from the IWC

World's Oceans once Teemed with Whales

Oceans once teemed with whales

The oceans once teemed with many more now endangered marine mammals than previously thought, new genetic studies of whales suggest.

Whalemeat samples bought from a Japanese sushi market and analysed by scientists indicate that experts have seriously underestimated the size of the populations that roamed the seas before industrial- scale hunting began more than a century ago. The numbers of some species may have been 10 times greater than previously calculated.

The findings refute suggestions by whaling nations such as Japan that a resumption of hunting is justified by the increase of many whale populations beyond their natural size, the researchers said. . . Dolphin Drive returns to Futo, Japan

Norway's Whaling Defies Logic

Norway maintained on Tuesday,1st April its quota of previous years to hunt up to 1,286 whales in its waters in 2014, despite whalers repeatedly catching less than the limit.

The announcement came the day after the whaling industry suffered a serious setback: the International Court of Justice ordered Japan to end its annual Antarctic whale hunt of minke and fin whales, a larger species than the minke whale Norway catches.

In Norway, where whale meat used to be considered a poor man's dish, whalers struggle to reach the quota: in 2013, only 594 whales were harpooned according to official data.

The hunting season goes from April 1 to September 30.

Norwegian whaling ship with a minke whale butchered on deck
Norwegian whaling ship with a minke whale butchered on deck. Photo: WSPA/EIA
Norway whale kill graph
Whales killed annually since Norway resumed
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Norwegians should NOT kill Minke whales

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Iceland Minister Warns on Whaling

Iceland whaling
Many consumers simply will not want to buy fish from sources that are linked to killing whales

REYKJAVIK, 20 May, 2008 (BBC) - Iceland's whalers have embarked on this year's hunt with the country's foreign minister warning that whaling may damage Iceland's "long term interests".

Boats left to begin the hunt on Tuesday after the fisheries ministry issued a quota of 40 minke whales for 2008. Officials say the hunt is sustainable and justified by market demand. The British government and several environmental groups joined foreign minister Ingibjorg Solrun Gisladottir in criticising the decision . . . Iceland Minister Warns on Whaling

Icelandic Humpbacks Monitored

REYKJAVIK, 1 December, 2008 - The Icelandic Marine Research Institute has been monitoring the movements of a humpback whale since early November.

It was marked along with other whales with a satellite transmitter in Eyjafjördur, north Iceland, on November 6 and has since made it to south Icelandic waters. Another humpback that was marked at the same time has remained in Eyjafjördur, in all likelihood feeding on capelin, Morgunbladid reports. The purpose with the project is to study the movements of baleen whales around Iceland and their travels out of Icelandic waters in the fall. Unlike other baleen whales in the North Atlantic, not much is known about the humpback. Its only known winter breeding location is in the Caribbean. Some of the humpbacks that reside around Icelandic in summer travel to the Caribbean in winter, but others appear to be of an unknown stock and breed elsewhere. A considerable number of humpback whales seem to remain in Icelandic waters in winter and are known to feed on capelin. The project is supervised by Gísli Víkingsson at the Icelandic Marine Research Institute. Icelandic Humpback whales Monitored

Japan MUST be Expelled from the IWC

When it comes down to the smooth running of the International Whaling Commission (IWC) and it's orderly administration which country is the most disruptive? Which country gives aid money for votes? Which country takes up far too much time at meetings? Which country consistantly ignores the wishes of the Commission? Which country still kills whales?


When it comes down to who wants to kill whales, on a per capita basis, the details are quite astounding. It makes one wonder how a small group of people can disrupt a perfectly good international organisation and simply "buck the system". . . Japan must be expelled from the IWC

International Anti-whaling Campaign

The Whalewatch report, Troubled Waters, was published March 9th to mark the start of the global campaign against whaling.

Britain's best-known naturalist, Sir David Attenborough, stresses the point in his foreword to the report. "The following pages contain hard scientific dispassionate evidence that there is no humane way to kill a whale at sea," says the broadcaster.

JOIN the 'Whalewatch' campaign and add your voice to an unprecedented coalition of over 140 conservation organisations (NGO's) from more than 55 countries lobbying the International Whaling Commission (IWC) to call a halt to all commercial and scientific whaling operations, maintain the current ban on commercial whaling and bring the issue of cruelty back to the fore . . .Anti-whaling Campaign

Read the report - Troubled Waters

Whales are Not the Major Causes of Dwindling Fish Stocks

Humpback feeding

N.O.A.A. US Department of Commerce

Do whales and other marine mammals compete with humans for fisheries resources? Should whales be hunted to save fish stocks? Today's marine science community has enough expertise and experience with the complex ocean ecosystem to recognise that the "competition" claim is oversimplified and the hunting proposal is biologically unsound.

As a whole, whales do not eat "large quantities of fish as food," nor do they threaten the health of the world's limited marine fish resources. Some whale species do prey on fish, but often on fish that humans do not consume. In truth, humans are primarily responsible for fisheries declines. It is humans who continue to threaten the world's stocks through overfishing and reluctance to allow stocks to naturally replenish . . .Whales are Not the Major Causes of Dwindling Fish Stocks

Japan Fights Whale Conservation Measure

Japan Fights Whale Conservation

The International Whaling Commission opened its annual meeting in Berlin under the threat of a Japanese walkout if the Commission adopts a hotly contested measure designed to improve whale protection.

The latest clash between pro-whaling nations and those pushing for more conservation involves a 31-page proposal to form a committee charged with "strengthening the conservation agenda" within the 50-nation whaling commission.

The 19 sponsors of the "Berlin Initiative" include the United States, Britain and Australia. The measure calls for working with global wildlife groups to better protect the marine mammals. Japan says the proposal focuses too much on conservation at the expense of sustainable harvests. The meeting began with an argument between the commission's pro- and anti-whaling factions over whether it should be dropped from the agenda altogether . . .Japan Fights Whale Conservation

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Say NO to Navy Noise

US Navy Protester
Eco-activist Diana Mann
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Low frequency active sonar is based on very low frequency sound [100-1000 Hz] can travel great distances and detect quiet submarines. The system uses intense sound. The US Navy has given a figure of sounds as loud as 235 decibels generated by massive sound transmitters towed behind TAGOS-class ships. The noise level of a jet engine is about 120 decibels.

A NATO LFA exercise in 1998 left numerous dead beaked whales on the coast of Greece. LFA testing off the Island of Hawaii in 1998 caused humpback whales to leave the test area, apparently resulted in separation of whale and dolphin calves from their mothers, and injured a snorkeler in the water. . . Say NO to Navy Noise

US Navy/WHOI LFAS Research Exposed - Lanny Sinkin

18 Countries Call on Japan to End Scientific Whaling

Japanese Whalers in Antarctica

Australia joined 17 other countries in making a demarche to Japan opposing its scientific whaling program.

The demarche sets out our strong concerns about Japan's continuing program of lethal whaling. Australia is disappointed that Japan is now expanding its program of whaling in the North Pacific to include another species, the Sei whale.

There is ample evidence that the scientific objectives of Japan's research program could be achieved using non-lethal means. . .18 Countries Call on Japan to End Scientific Whaling

Gray Whale Numbers Shrink by Thousands

Gray Whale

The population of Eastern North Pacific gray whales has dropped in the past four years from an estimated high of more than 26,000 to less than 18,000, alarming environmentalists but drawing no major concern from federal scientists who monitor the once-endangered whales.

Environmentalists see the drop as a sign that the whale's population is still threatened by hunting, pollution, climate change and dwindling food supplies. . .Gray Whale Numbers Shrink by Thousands

CAUTION: Whale meat is hazardous to your health

Health Hazard

That message to Japan's finicky consumers could end up being more damaging to Tokyo's hopes of resuming commercial whaling than years of campaigning by environmentalists focused on endangered species.

"If it became more widely known that this meat was contaminated, people who want to eat whale would probably stop," said Koichi Haraguchi, a researcher at Dai-Ichi College of Pharmaceutical Sciences in western Japan.

So far, though, most Japanese consumers seem blithely unaware that the whale meat they see as a gourmet delight may be tainted with dangerous mercury and toxic chemicals. . . CAUTION: Whale meat is hazardous to your health

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