Department of the Environment

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The Hon Tony Burke MP

Minister for Sustainability, Environment, Water, Population and Communities

Japanese whaling vessels nearing Macquarie Island

Media release
31 January 2013

The Australian Government has received confirmation that a Japanese whaling support vessel, the Shonan Maru No 2, has entered our exclusive economic zone near Macquarie Island in the Southern Ocean.

The Government strongly objects to whaling vessels passing through Australian territorial seas or our exclusive economic zone.

Australia has made it clear to Japan on a number of occasions that vessels associated with its whaling program are not welcome in Australia's Exclusive Economic Zone (EEZ) or Territorial Sea.

The vessel is a non-whaling support ship which forms part of the fleet accompanying whaling vessels.

Our embassy in Tokyo has conveyed these sentiments directly to the Japanese government.