Department of the Environment

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The Hon Tony Burke MP

Minister for Sustainability, Environment, Water, Population and Communities

Statement from Environment Minister, Tony Burke

20 February 2013

I am aware of reports of an incident in the Southern Ocean involving one or more vessels of Sea Shepherd and the Japanese whaling fleet.

We are still confirming the reports.

The Government condemns so-called ‘scientific’ whaling in all waters and we urge everyone in the ocean to observe safety at sea.