JARPA-II (Nisshin Maru et al) Hunt Whales in Antarctica

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    The Japanese whaling fleet is reportedly heading into the seas around Antartica, drawing widespread condemnation from scientists and environmentalists.

    Japan’s fleet of at least five ships left Japan with a quota of 940 minke whales and 10 fin whales; under the guise of supposed ‘research.’

    The JARPA-II fleet includes the following vessels:

    – Nisshin Maru, Factory Ship,
    Call Sign = JJCJ,
    IMO# = 8705292;

    – Kyo Maru No, 1, Whale Catcher,
    Call Sign = JKNG,
    IMO# = 7214076;

    – Yushin Maru, Whale Catcher,
    Call Sign = JLZS,
    IMO# = 9197181; and,

    – Yushin Maru No. 2, Whale Catcher,
    Call Sign = JPPV,
    IMO# = 9278040.

    The JARPA-II fleet left Shimonoseki in Southern Japan (33° 57.0′ N, 130° 56.0′ E) at 10am local time on 08-NOV-05 headed for Antartcica.

    So far, Australia’s government has refused to intervene. Paul Watson and Sea Shepherd (http://www.seashepherd.org) are en-route to intervene, as are Greenpeace and others.

    Sea Shepherd are offering $10,000 USD reward for coordinates leading to their interception of the Nisshin Maru and the JARPA-II Japanese Whaling fleet (see http://www.seashepherd.org) Any helpful information would be appreciated.

    If you know of resources that could help to identify the whereabouts of the JARPA-II fleet or a way to identify their whereabouts please post a message to this board or e-mail info@seashepherd.org

    Thank you.

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