sail-world.com
 
 
News Home Cruising Photo Gallery Video Gallery

 

Sail-World.com : Whale Wars - Australian protesters transferred from Japanese whaler

Whale Wars - Australian protesters transferred from Japanese whaler

'Sea Shepherd got a look of the deck of the Shonan Maru no 2 5524586'    Sea Shepherd Conservation Society - copyright    Click Here to view large photo

The three Australian protestors on the Japanese vessel Shonan Maru No. 2 were successfully transferred to the ACV Ocean Protector this afternoon and will be brought back to Australia.

Captain Paul Watson said today ‘The crews of the Steve Irwin, Brigitte Bardot and the Bob Barker welcome this news.’

The three men had boarded the Japanese vessel on Sunday. On Tuesday the Japanese Government confirmed that it would transfer the men to Australian authorities.

The transfer of the Australians was conducted using the tenders from the ACV Ocean Protector approaching the Shonan Maru No. 2. The transfer process took place with full cooperation from all parties.

The men are reported to be in good health, but all will be assessed by medical staff onboard the ACV Ocean Protector.

Attorney-General Nicola Roxon hoped the men would reflect on their actions.

Captain Paul Watson responded ‘I’m sure they will reflect upon the huge success this was for the movement to defend the whales of the Southern Ocean Whale Sanctuary. This action focused international attention on Japan’s continued illegal whaling activities in the Southern Ocean.

It also illustrated the lack of action by the Australian government to uphold its pre-election campaign promises to get tough on whaling. The action illustrated the contradiction of allowing a whaling vessel into Australian waters in violation of the 2008 Australian Federal Court ruling prohibiting Japanese whaling vessels from entering Australian territorial waters.

‘In addition, the action deeply embarrassed the Japanese security team by having three unarmed Australian citizens board the designated security vessel for the whaling fleet. There are a great many positive results from this boarding that these men can indeed reflect upon and be proud of.’

Attorney General Nicola Roxon said 'We support peaceful protest, but dangerous action on the high seas is quite different. We strongly encourage both sides of this dispute to respect the law and act calmly.

Captain Paul Watson responded ‘Not one of my crewmembers has broken a law nor have we been charged with breaking a law over the last eight years.

‘Pete Bethune was acting independently when he boarded the Shonan Maru No. 2 in 2010 and he boarded against my advice not to do so. We are not down in the Southern Ocean protesting whaling. Sea Shepherd is not a protest organization.

‘We are intervening against an illegal whaling operation in accordance with the principles of the United Nations World Charter for Nature.

‘The Japanese are targeting endangered and protected whales in the Southern Ocean Whale Sanctuary in violation of a global moratorium on commercial whaling. Sea Shepherd is simply opposing a criminal operation because the signatories to the treaties are not enforcing the regulations.

Attorney General Roxon said 'Protestors must be aware that, in the future, such action may lead to charges in another country and possible conviction.

Captain Paul Watson: We have always been aware of the risks involved with our activities.

Attorney General Roxon said 'This mission to collect the three Australians has also been of great expense to the Australian taxpayer.’

Captain Paul Watson retorted ‘ These expenses could have been avoided if the Attorney General had first examined the evidence before taking the word of the Japanese that they were not inside the Australian contiguous zone.

‘Sea Shepherd’s GPS was able to prove that the Shonan Maru No. 2 was actually boarded 16 miles off the beach. The Australian government allowed the Japanese vessel to remove the three men from Australian waters. They refused Sea Shepherd’s offer to accept the men to be transferred from the Shonan Maru No. 2 to the Steve Irwin which would have cost nothing.

‘This expense was unnecessary but the decision to do it the way it was done rests with the Attorney General. There was an additional expense caused by the refusal of the Shonan Maru No. 2 to stop its pursuit of the Steve Irwin.

Attorney General Roxon 'The Australian Government thanks Japan for its cooperation in the return of the Australian citizens.’

Captain Paul Watson said ‘Australia should not be thanking Japan for illegally entering into Australian waters and removing Australian citizens from Australian waters. I’m sure this is of course a diplomatic necessity.

Attorney General Roxon said 'The Australian Government continues to condemn Japan's decision to continue its so-called ‘scientific’ whaling in the Southern Ocean this summer and reiterates its request for whaling vessels to stay out of Australia’s territorial waters and exclusive economic zone.

Captain Paul Watson replied ‘It does not appear that they are listening. Japanese whalers behave like they can go anywhere whenever they choose. Two days after this incident, the Yushin Maru No. 3 pursued the Bob Barker 4 miles off the coast of Macquarie Island.

Attorney General Roxon said ‘I call upon those who oppose whaling to support the Australian Government’s legal action in the International Court of Justice, rather than recklessly taking the law into their own hands.
Captain Paul Watson: Sorry Ms Roxon, but the whales can’t wait years for this to be resolved. If Australia would seek an injunction, Sea Shepherd will withdraw.

However, Sea Shepherd is not taking any laws into our own hands. We have not broken any laws. We are simply intervening against international environmental crimes in accordance with the United Nations World Charter for Nature.

We have been doing this for eight years without a single injury inflicted or sustained.

We are not being reckless. We are being responsible and we are doing something no one else is doing – saving whales. 858 last season, 525 the season before and 483 the year before that.

The ACV Ocean Protector is now returning to Albany, Western Australia, after the transfer was successfully completed. Customs and Border Protection anticipate the transit to Albany could take approximately three days, depending on weather. Captain Paul Watson said ‘Our supporters in Albany will certainly give them a warm welcome.’




by Sea Shepherd

  

Click on the FB Like link to post this story to your FB wall

http://www.sail-world.com/index.cfm?nid=92872

7:30 AM Sat 14 Jan 2012 GMT






Click here for printer friendly version
Click here to send us feedback or comments about this story.

Click for further information on
Environment and the ocean

Related News Stories:

27 Nov 2013  World Oceans Day appeals for funds
16 Nov 2013  Gigantic iceberg sails north from the Antarctic
09 Nov 2013  Sailing and swimming with manatees - Oceans Watch Essay
01 Nov 2013  OceansWatch: cruising sailors give something back in the South Pacific
23 Oct 2013  'The Ocean is Broken' - without fish, there can be no birds
13 Oct 2013  PlanetSolar reaches Paris after successful ocean study
02 Oct 2013  Monaco Yacht Show goes Green
07 Sep 2013  Great Pacific Garbage Patch - the real story
03 Sep 2013  World's largest solar yacht drops anchor after marine science quest
25 Aug 2013  Boat owners: cover vessels to deter seagulls
MORE STORIES ...

News - USA and the World















The first annual WetaFresh is a big success by Tim Wieringa, Muskegon, MI


















Techno 293 Worlds - France and Italy claim titles by International Windsurfing Association,














420 World Championship - Singapore and Spain out front by 420 International Class Association,




















2014 ISAF Sailing World Cup final qualification system published
Chicago Yacht Club Race to Mackinac - Karma Sailing Group wins
Red Bull 49erFX: Easing into the Olympic scene at Rio
Kempe thrilled to invite himself to Gold Cup party
2014 420 World Championships - Singapore wins Day 2 race
Lightning strikes cut short CFJ Nationals
Etchells Invitational Cup - Girls on top in Cowes
National Sailing Hall of Fame reveals inductees
J/111 North American Championship - Wind Czar victorious
Sevenstar Round Britain and Ireland Race sets off August 10th
PWA Fuerteventura Grand Slam - Antoine Albeau victorious on day 5
Snipe Western Hemisphere and Orient Championship headed for San Diego
WPA Championships - Kids race divisions offered
New Clever Pig launched by US Sailing
America's Cup: Group agrees to co-operate in London Meeting
Copa del Rey Mapfre - Build-up reveals some remarkable enthusiasm
Marblehead NOOD Regatta - Images by Leighton O'Connor
America's Cup: Two AC72 skippers discuss Foiling Moths and the Cup
RS Feva World Championship - Brilliant sailing on day 2
America's Cup: Alameda makes overtures on Venue hosting for San Fran *Feature
Cape Panwa Hotel Phuket Race Week 2014 - Relishing a challenge   
Edgartown Race Weekend - BBBR and Round-the-Island Race winners named   
Etchells Invitational Cup - Aussies take early lead in Cowes   
PWA Fuerteventura Grand Slam - Antoine Albeau strikes back on day 4   
Aquece Rio – International Sailing Regatta - All set for test event   
ISAF World Sailing Rankings for 28 July 2014   
29er World Championship - All set in Kingston   
ORC World Championship - Third Course area opens for huge fleet   
Day one of the Allen RS Feva World Championships   
Anna Tunnicliffe: Final two days of the 2014 Reebok CrossFit Games   
Joachim Aschenbrenner takes gold at ISAF Youth Match Race Worlds 2014   
Maxi Soh scores double wins in CMRC Summer Doubleheader   
29er World Championship opening ceremonies in Confederation Park   
PWA Fuerteventura Grand Slam - Action resumes on day 3   
Vic-Maui Yacht Race - Polishing the silverware   
Land Rover Sydney Gold Coast Yacht Race Start 2014 VIDEO   
Laser Radial Men’s World Championship 2014- Final day   
2014 Pacific Cup - Scarlet Runner wins   
Gladwell's Line: America's Cup - Joint Statement is a curious note *Feature   
ISAF Youth Match Racing World Champ - Top four battle it out for final   


For this week's complete news stories select    Last 7 Days
   Search All News
For last month's complete news stories select    Last 30 Days
   Archive News







Sail-World.com  


















Switch Default Region to:

Social Media

Asia

Australia

Canada

Europe

New Zealand

United Kingdom


http://www.sail-world.com/event_images/image/Twitter_logo_small.png http://www.sail-world.com/event_images/image/FaceBook-icon.png  http://www.sail-world.com/event_images/image/RSS-Icon.png

United States

Cruising Northern

Cruising Southern

MarineBusiness World

PowerBoat World

FishingBoating World

 

Contact

Commercial

News

Search

Contact Us

Advertisers Information

Submit news/events

Search Stories/Text

Feedback

Advertisers Directory

Newsletter Archive

Photo Gallery

 

Banner Advertising Details

Newsletter Subscribe

Video Gallery

Policies

 

 

 

Privacy Policy

 

 


Cookie Policy

 

 



This site and its contents are © Copyright TetraMedia and/or the original author, photographer etc. All Rights Reserved.  Photographs are copyright by law.  If you wish to use or buy a photograph contact the photographer directly.
XLXL WAS US
LocalAds   DE  ES  FR  IT