Sea Shepherd Stops Pursuit of Japanese Whalers

Image Courtesy: Glenn Lockitch/Sea Shepherd

The marine conservation organization Sea Shepherd will not be sending ships to fight the Japanese whaling fleet in the Southern Ocean this year, the organization said.

The decision was made on the back Japan’s move to employ military surveillance to watch Sea Shepherd ship movements in real time by satellite in order to avoid the organization’s vessels.

“During Operation Nemesis, the Sea Shepherd ships did get close and our helicopter even managed to get evidence of their illegal whaling operations but we could not physically close the gap. We cannot compete with their military grade technology,” Sea Shepherd said.

Additionally, Japanese authorities escalated their resistance this year with the passing of new anti-terrorism laws, and might even send their military to defend their illegal whaling activities for the first time ever.

“The decision we have had to face is: do we spend our limited resources on another campaign to the Southern Ocean that will have little chance of a successful intervention or do we regroup with different strategies and tactics?,” Sea Shepherd explained.

Despite this move, the organization informed it is not abandoning the Southern Ocean Whale Sanctuary.

“We need to cultivate the resources, the tactics and the ability to significantly shut down the illegal whaling operations of the Japanese whaling fleet. In the meantime, it’s time for the Australian government to live up to their promises.”

In 2005, Sea Shepherd set out to tackle the whaling fleet, which targeted 1,035 whales a year including a yearly quota of 50 endangered Humpbacks and 50 endangered Fin whales.

Over the last 12 years, Sea Shepherd has exposed the Japanese whalers and denied them “thousands of lives that we have spared from their deadly harpoons.”

In 2015, Japan announced plans to send its whaling fleet to the Southern Ocean under its new scaled-down scientific “whale research program” to catch up to 333 minke whales on an annual basis over a period of 12 years.

Share this article

Follow World Maritime News

In Depth>

Events>

<< Sep 2017 >>
MTWTFSS
28 29 30 31 1 2 3
4 5 6 7 8 9 10
11 12 13 14 15 16 17
18 19 20 21 22 23 24
25 26 27 28 29 30 1

BWMTech North America

Are you operating to international standards? Clarify regulations. Plan BWMS integration…

read more >

NEVA 2017

The diversity of the Conference Programme is well-rounded by a broad spectrum of topics including Commercial Shipbuilding, Offshore and Marine…

read more >

LIQUEFACTION OF BULK CARGOES SEMINAR

GET TO GRIPS WITH:
– Mechanisms behind liquefaction
– Guidelines and regulations for bulk cargoes prone to liquefaction…

read more >

Seatrade Offshore Marine & Workboats Middle East

The largest event for offshore marine and workboat sectors in the region, Seatrade Offshore Marine & Workboats Middle East will, once again, serve as a meeting point for international industry professionals to come together and do business. Our 2017 show promises a wealth of networking opportunities, high-level discussions in our conferences on important industry trends, […]

read more >