Environmental activist group the Sea Shepherd Conservation Society says it is chasing two illegal fishing boats that were spotted sailing just 50 nautical miles from Australia’s Mawson Base in Antarctica :: Read the full article »»»»
The anti-whaling group claimed two of its boats, the Steve Irwin and the Bob Barker, were rammed by a Japanese ship in Australian Antarctic waters. It said the attacks happened after they were ordered to leave the area by one of the boats in the Japanese whaling fleet.
It also claimed armed Japanese coastguards threw “concussion grenades” at activists on the ships. Japan’s fisheries agency has denied those reports, but confirmed that one of its factory ships, the Nisshin Maru, rammed two boats belonging to Sea Shepherd.
Japan’s Institute of Cetacean Research has announced it has stopped work for the time being because it is too difficult to refuel. However, it said the clashes happened after activists came too close to a Japanese vessel which was refuelling :: Read the full article »»»»
Sea Shepherd founder Paul Watson, who is wanted by Interpol, has confirmed he is back onboard a vessel and ready to confront Japanese whalers. The Canadian conservationist’s whereabouts have been a mystery since July when he jumped bail in Germany, where he was arrested on charges stemming from a high-seas confrontation over shark finning in 2002 :: Read the full article »»»»
Interpol has issued an arrest alert for the founder of the conservation group Sea Shepherd. Paul Watson skipped bail in Germany last month after being arrested in Frankfurt on a warrant from Costa Rica.
Watson is wanted in Germanyon charges relating to a 2002 confrontation over shark finning.
Mr Watson’s current whereabouts is unknown. But he has previously said he fled Germany because the authorities there were considering handing him over to Japan. Mr Watson accuses Tokyo of hunting him down in revenge for Sea Shepherd’s attacks on Japanese whaling ships.