$25,000 Reward for Japanese whalers coordinates Published: 30 January, 2007
SEA Shepherd Conservation Society is offering a reward to any one person or group that can provide the coordinates of the Japanese Whaling Fleet operating in the Ross Sea.
“This information will save us considerably in fuel costs,” said Founder and President of Sea Shepherd Captain Paul Watson. “We know the Japanese whaling fleet is within 500 miles of us. We are willing to pay $25,000 for any information that successfully leads us to the fleet.”
Last Friday a New Zealand Air Force filmed the Japanese slaughtering whales during a routine fisheries patrol flight.
“They were searching for illegal fishing but did nothing except take pictures. Japan requested New Zealand not to release the co-ordinates … That makes the New Zealand Government complicit,” said Captain Watson. New Zealand is not releasing information about the location of the Japanese fleet.
Sea Shepherd ships ‘Farley Mowat’ and ‘Robert Hunter’ have another three weeks before they must return to port to refuel.
“We have also found out US Naval Intelligence has been tracking us by satellite and giving information to the Japanese.” Captain Watson said. The Society is offering the reward to overcome the problem of satellite surveillance and allow the ships to rapidly find the Japanese fleet.
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