by Michael dEstries
Categories: Animals, Causes.

For the first time in more than twenty-five years, whales migrating through Antarctic waters will no longer be under threat by the Japanese whaling fleet.

In light of the recent ruling by the ICJ declaring Japan’s “scientific research” as a smokescreen for commercial hunting in the Southern Ocean Whale Sanctuary, officials today declared the 2014-2015 as officially cancelled.

“We have decided to cancel research whaling [in the Antarctic] for the fiscal year starting in April because of the recent ruling,” a fisheries agency official told AFP.

While this is a huge victory and, in the words of Paul Watson, vindication for the efforts of the Sea Shepherd Conservation Society, Japan still has its sights set on whaling in other places around the world.

“We plan to go ahead with research whaling in other areas as scheduled”, including the northern Pacific, the source said.

With one victory in hand, the Sea Shepherd will now turn its attention towards disrupting whaling in other areas of the world including the North Atlantic, Iceland, Norway and the Danish Protectorate of the Faeroe Islands.

In an interview, outgoing chairman of Sea Shepherd Australia Bob Brown said he also expects the group to focus on Japan’s activities in the Northern Pacific.

“With 90 per cent of the world’s fisheries in collapse, the coral reefs going west…with issues like shark culling…Sea Shepherd has a big job in front of it,” he said.

For now, let’s all briefly enjoy this sweet victory for the whales.

About Michael dEstries

Michael has been blogging since 2005 on issues such as sustainability, renewable energy, philanthropy, and healthy living. He regularly contributes to a slew of publications, as well as consulting with companies looking to make an impact using the web and social media. He lives in Ithaca, NY with his family on an apple farm.

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  • Captain Paul Watson

    I see that all the usual pro-whaling suspects are noticeably absent with their comments about how Japan had a legal right to kill whales in the Southern Ocean Whale Sanctuary. It appears there opinions have now been trumped by the highest court on the planet. Now it is official who the real outlaws are and it is not the brave and passionate volunteer crews from Sea Shepherd

    • PokerRay

      How many have there been over the years? ddpalmer, romika, Mick, Kimitake Hysterioka, some doofus named Ramtane something-or-other. All trying to justify this ridiculous “hunt”. Most of them just spinning their troll wheels anyway, but a couple of them actually thinking they’ve been making a point. And once they have crawled out of their rat-holes and think of something else to lamely proclaim, they’ll swear up and down that SSCS had nothing to do with any of this.