Das Schiff Brigitte Bardot der Sea Shepherd Conservation Society hat in der Nacht vom 27. auf 28. Januar das Harpunenschiff Yushin Maru No. 3 der japanischen Waljagdflotte gefunden. Position und Kurs der Yushin Maru No. 3 deuten darauf hin, dass die japanische Waljagdflotte noch nicht mit der Jagd begonnen hatte.

January 28, 2013
Sea Shepherd Has Intercepted the Whale Poachers Before a Single Whale is Killed

Last night while on patrol in the Southern Ocean Whale Sanctuary, Sea Shepherd Australia’s fast interceptor vessel the SSS Brigitte Bardot intercepted the Harpoon kill ship, the Yushin Maru No. 3.

Brigitte Bardot Captain Jean Yves Terlain stated, „The Yushin Maru 3 was on a westerly course, indicating that the fleet has been in bad weather for the past several days. The latitude at which they were found was rather far north and given that the large concentrations of whales are found further south, closer to the Antarctic Continent, where there are high concentrations of krill as this would indicate that they have not yet begun whaling.“…..

Source: http://www.seashepherd.org.au/news-and-media/2013/01/28/sea-shepherd-has-intercepted-the-whale-poachers-1482

P.S.: Dank an Norbert K. für den Hinweis auf facebook!

Die von Australien eingereichte Klage vor dem internationalen Gerichtshof, vermutlich durch Neuseeland unterstützt, 4 SSCS-Schiffe gegen 5 japanische Schiffe im Südpolarmeer, es wird 2013 spannend werden.

Interessant fand ich einen australischen Kommentar „Deep fears drive Japanese whaling“ vom 13. Januar 2012, also ca. 1 Jahr alt, der eine Erklärung versucht, warum Japan so hartnäckig die Waljagd fortsetzt:

Whaling in the Great Southern Ocean has become a line in the sand. Japan must demonstrate a single-minded determination to defend its right to freely access the world’s riches despite widespread opposition.

Defeat among the ice could prove to be the thin edge of the wedge. The battle could easily move to the world’s tuna fishing grounds. The Japanese consume about half a million tonnes of the fish each year. International attention could also turn to Japan’s annual slaughter of about 20,000 dolphins.

Surrender on the whaling front would be perceived by many in Japan as a loss of control over a destiny so heavily reliant on the produce of an unpredictable and sometimes hostile world. Whales, Australian coal or Caribbean bananas, the fears remain the same.

While it is possible to appreciate Japan’s age-old concerns for survival in a historical sense, pandering to it as the IWC has done is not the answer.

For the sake of the global environment, Japan and the Japanese people must be convinced that in the 21st century only responsible membership of the world community can ensure resource security.

Unfortunately, removing a fear that is buried so deeply in the Japanese psyche will not be an easy task. While Sea Shepherd deserves our support, the headline-grabbing activities of environmental warriors that cause diplomatic embarrassment are hardly likely to bring about cultural change. ….

Read more: http://www.smh.com.au/environment/whale-watch/deep-fears-drive-japanese-whaling-20120113-1py9h.html