ASOC works to create a future with a prospering unthreatened population of marine life, and supports a global ban on whaling.
"Whaling in the Southern Ocean". A whale is captured by the Yushin Maru, a Japanese harpoon vessel. Photographed by Customs & Border Protection Service, Commonwealth of Australia on February 8, 2008.
Since the 1986 IWC ban on whaling, Japan’s continued pursuit of large-scale whaling in the Antarctic Ocean has faced strong opposition by anti-whaling countries. Japan has conducted its whaling program under scientific research permits, arguing that its purpose is to establish the size and dynamics of whale populations. Countries opposed to Japan's whaling program have passed non-binding resolutions through the IWC to stop the whaling, while Japan claims the whale stocks for some species in the Antarctic Ocean are sufficient to continue its whaling program.
On May 31, 2010, Australia submitted formal proceedings against Japan in the International Court of Justice (ICJ) to stop the whale hunt in the Antarctic Ocean entirely. Hearing commenced on June 26, 2013 at the ICJ, and oral pleadings by Australia, Japan, and New Zealand will be heard over three weeks. The duration of decision-making process is expected to continue for several months.
|April||12||Norway exports whale products to Japan, defies international trade ban - The Japan Daily Press.pdf|
|April||9||Aust, Japan head to UN court over whaling _ SBS World News.pdf|
|February||27||Fisheries minister says Japan will not stop whale hunting|
|February||12||Japan loses whale-meat monopoly due to Iceland’s entry in market - The Japan Daily Press.pdf|
|November||27||The Japanese public’s opinion on whaling_ two different results from single survey - The Japan Daily Press.pdf|
|November||8||Japan to push wider sales of whale meat to make up financial losses - The Japan Daily Press.pdf|
|November||21||Press Release: New Zealand files a declaration of intervention in the proceedings under Article 63 of the Statute|
|May||18||Press Release: Closure of written proceedings|