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As of 2009, Japan's 1.2 million ton seafood stockpile included nearly 5000 tons of whale meat. Japan has started to serve whale meat in school lunches as part of a government initiative to reduce the amounts. However, there has been criticism of serving whale meat to school children due to allegations of toxic methyl mercury levels. The World Wildlife Fund has also estimated that the Japanese government has had to invest $12 million into the 2008–09 Antarctic whale hunt alone just to break even, and that subsidies in total have amounted to approximately $150 million since 1988
Japan has brought an early end to its whale hunting season in the Antarctic.
American anti-whale activists, the Sea Shepherd Conservation Society, has been chasing the Japanese fleet's mother ship.
The government says there are safety concerns due to the group's repeated harassment. Commercial whaling was banned in 1986 but Japan uses a regulation permitting hunting for scientific research.
Victory in the Southern Ocean Day for the Whales
the Japanese whaling fleet has called it quits in the Southern Ocean, at least for this season. And if they return next season, Sea Shepherd Conservation Society will be ready to resume their efforts to obstruct and disable illegal Japanese whaling operations.
“The Nisshin Maru made a significant course change immediately after the Japanese government made it official that the whaling fleet has been recalled,” said Captain Alex Cornelissen from the Bob Barker. “She looks like she’s going home!”
The Sea Shepherd ship Bob Barker has been tailing the Japanese Nisshin Maru factory ship since February 9th making it impossible for the whalers to continue their illegal whaling operations.
Originally posted by adifferentbreed
While I am against the whaling being done, I wonder when the pirates will be charged for their actions? Whaling is disgusting and unneeded, however what the Sea Shepard group is doing could be decryed as piracy......there are better ways to handle it.
Originally posted by pazcat
Originally posted by inbound
the real mothership is hundreds of miles away operating risk free.
Really? Care to back that up with some kind of evidence?
What ships are they using? What is the registration of these ships?
How would it be that they have remained invisible to all the radars that monitor the antarctic? Where will all the meat turn up?
Sorry but that kind of operation has no way of slipping under the radar.
If so(and that's a huge if) by covertly operating a hunt would be a massive violation of international law and one that would definitely have real world concequences.
Do you really think that the entire japanese whaling fleet, which is supposed to be so important to their economy, is composed of 4-5 vessels?
Originally posted by Pilgrum
Here's a pic I snapped when Gojira was back in port (Hobart) after the first scuffles down south. I hadn't seen anything notable in it until recently - there's some visible damage near the waterline on the starboard outrigger. Didn't hear any reports of it being from actions against the whalers so it was most likely a rough parking bingle in heavy seas but hasn't slowed it down at all. It would have been one hell of a round trip damage or no damage.
Originally posted by Segador
Lol @ idiot Seashepards getting butthurt over the Japanese hunting the common Minke Whale to eat.