Australian Greens Leader Senator Bob Brown says that the Japanese whaling ship Yushin Maru III, with harpoon up front, is now inside Australian territorial waters and the World Heritage area of the subantarctic Macquarie Island.
The captain of the Sea Shepherd ship Bob Barker reports his ship was followed into the area between Macquarie Island proper and its off offshore islets, Bishop and Clerk, and is 4 to 6 miles inside Australia’s territorial waters. Macquarie Island, part of Tasmania, has an Australian Antarctic base and was declared a World Heritage area 20 years ago. It has huge penguin and seal colonies.
“It is utterly embarrassing that the Australian government is allowing this harpoon ship’s incursion. I have sent a message to the Prime Minister urging appropriate action – that is, for Tokyo to have this ship exit immediately,” Senator Brown said.