Japanese whalers have new nemesis

NAMED for the Greek goddess of inescapable justice, Sea Shepherd’s Operation Nemesis will take the fight against Japanese whaling to the Southern Ocean.

The eco-warriors have a new vessel, which is also their fastest, and it’s expected to make all the difference in their 11th direct action anti-whaling campaign.

“For the first time we will have the speed to catch and outrun the Japanese harpoon ships, knowing speed can be the deciding factor when saving the lives of whales in the Southern Ocean,” says Sea Shepherd Global CEO Captain Alex Cornelissen.

• Sea Shepherd’s ship operations director Peter Hammarstedt at the launch of Operation Nemesis. Photo by Steve Grant

• Sea Shepherd’s ship operations director Peter Hammarstedt at the launch of Operation Nemesis. Photo by Steve Grant

The Ocean Warrior was built with the financial support of Dutch, British, and Swedish Postcode Lotteries.

In 2014, Australia won a lengthy legal battle in the international court of justice after proving Japan’s so-called scientific whale hunt was a sham, but later that year the Japanese government simply submitted a new program later that year and continued.

“If we cannot stop whaling in an established whale sanctuary, in breach of both Australian Federal and International laws, then what hope do we have for the protection of the world’s oceans?” asked Jeff Hansen, managing director of Sea Shepherd Australia.

Sea Shepherd Australia’s involvement follows the US arm of the organisation signing a deal with Japanese authorities which prevents it from participating in, or funding, direct-action anti-whaling activities.

by TRILOKESH CHANMUGAM

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