The Australian Greens say the Government needs to develop a plan for the upcoming whaling season and seek a commitment from Japan that the whaling fleet will be kept out of our territorial waters.
Senator Rachel Siewert, Australian Greens spokesperson on Whaling, Marine and Fisheries said today the Federal Government should instigate a plan which uses monitoring vessels and aerial surveillance of the Japanese fleet during the summer hunt.
“Once again we see the Sea Shepherd driving efforts to protect whales this summer, because Governments have failed to do so. It is good to see that Sea Shepherd’s newest vessel will enable them to gather more information about the activity of the whalers and I congratulate them on their newest acquisition.
“Despite the Australian Greens introducing Bills and motions as a way forward, the Australian Government has made no progress and we are in the same position we were in last year”.
“The Australian Government needs to ensure they have the up to date information on where the Japanese fleet is, monitoring vessels should be operating in the area, along with aerial surveillance of the fleet to ensure we have information about their movement and behaviour. There also needs to be the capacity for us to respond to any emergency situations which may occur. Failure to plan ahead may be very costly this summer.
“It is unacceptable for the whaling fleet to enter Australian territorial waters. The Government must seek a commitment from Japan that the fleet will steer clear.
“Action against whaling will continue for as long as the whaling fleet continues to operate and Australians expect our politicians to do more to end this antiquated and barbaric practice,” Senator Siewert concluded.