|Friday, December 30, 2005|
Report from the Farley Mowat with Letter to Australian Senator
Three ships continue to chase the Japanese whaling fleet along the coast of Antarctica.
The Greenpeace ship Esperanza is the fastest vessel and is keeping on the tail of the Nisshin Maru.
The Greenpeace ship Arctic Sunrise and the Sea Shepherd ship Farley Mowat are running flanking positions in an effort to spot the Japanese harpoon vessels which have been out of sight for days.
The conservation ships are sweeping along the coast corridor with radar and helicopter reconnaissance flights with the objective of ferreting out the positions of the illegal harpoon vessels.
There is no question but that the Japanese fleet is on the run, speeding westward, and there is no evidence of any whaling activity taking place since Christmas day.
"We have certainly made an impact down here against these pirate whalers," said Captain Paul Watson. "They are being harassed and they know they are being harassed."
Meanwhile, Australian Environment Minister Ian Campbell is accusing Sea Shepherd of endangering the factory ship Nisshin Maru on Christmas Day.
To this, Captain Watson responds, "The video clearly shows that it was the Farley Mowat that had the right of way and the Nisshin Maru attempted to ram our ship. Despite this evidence, when the Japanese complain, Campbell goes running to appease Tokyo. Is there no limit to how low these politicians will go to kow tow to Japan over trade agreements?"
Captain Watson has informed Ian Campbell that if he has charges against Sea Shepherd or himself, he will return to Australia to face whatever charges Australia can concoct.
"Stop threatening us and charge us if you believe we are acting unlawfully. Stop posing for the Japanese. Show us you have authority down here in these waters Mr. Campbell, charge us, and then explain how you have authority over me as a Canadian on a Canadian ship but not the Japanese who are in blatant violation of international conservation and Australian laws in Australian territorial waters?"
Sea Shepherd has officially requested the presence of an Australian Naval vessel to monitor the activities in the Southern Ocean. Ian Campbell has refused to send a naval vessel on the grounds that Japan does not recognize the Australian Antarctic Territory.
The question must be asked: Does Australia claim the Australian Antarctic Territory or not? If not, then the name should be taken off the maps and charts and the area surrendered to Japanese exploitation.