双语:遭环保人士围堵 日本暂停南极捕鲸(图)

2011-07-22

遭环保人士围堵 日本暂停南极捕鲸(图)

http://www.sina.com.cn  2011年02月19日 14:40   中国日报网-英语点津




 Japanese whaling fleet vessel Yushin Maru No. 3 (C) sprays watercannons at Sea Shepherd vessel ''Gojira'' during their clash in theSouthern Ocean February 4, 2011.(Agencies)

  Japan has suspended its annual whale hunt in the Antarctic for nowafter a hardline anti-whaling group gave chase to its mother ship and itmay call the fleet back home, a government official said。

  Regular attempts by Sea Shepherd Conservation Society to interrupthunts have caused irritation in Japan, one of only three countries thatnow hunt whales and where the government says it is an importantcultural tradition。

  "Putting safety as a priority, the fleet has halted scientificwhaling for now. We are currently considering what to do hereafter,"said Tatsuya Nakaoku, an official at the Fisheries Agency。

  When asked if Japan was considering bringing back the fleet earlierthan planned, he said this remained an option and added that Japan'swhaling plans were not going smoothly。

  Representatives for Sea Shepherd were not immediately available for comment。

  Japan introduced scientific whaling to skirt the commercial whalingban under a 1986 moratorium, arguing it had a right to watch thewhales' impact on its fishing industry。

  The fleet, consisting of some 180 people on four vessels, is aimingto cull about 850 minke whales in Antarctic waters this season, whichis scheduled to end around March。

  In the same period last year, Japan killed 506 minke whales, well below its planned catch of around 850.

  Last year, Australia filed a complaint against Japan at the worldcourt in The Hague to stop Southern Ocean scientific whaling. Thedecision is expected to come in 2013 or later。

  A Sea Shepherd activist was given a two-year suspended jail term bya Japanese court in July for boarding a whaling ship, while one of thegroup's ships sank last year after a collision with a Japanese whalingship。

  (Read by Lee Hannon. Lee Hannon is a journalist at the China Daily Website。)

  日本某政府官员日前表示,由于捕鲸船队母舰受到态度强硬的反捕鲸团体的追捕,将暂停本年度在南极海域的捕鲸活动,并可能下令捕鲸船队返航。

  海洋守护者协会常规的反捕鲸活动引发了日本民众的不满。目前全球仅有三个国家还在捕鲸,日本是其中之一,而且日本政府表示捕鲸是该国重要的文化传统。

  日本水产厅官员中奥达也说:“为安全起见,捕鲸船队已暂停了以科研为目的的猎捕。我们正考虑今后怎么办。”

  在被问及日本是否会考虑提前结束捕鲸时,他表示有这种可能,还说日本的捕鲸计划一直不顺。

  海洋守护者协会的代表还没有对此发表评论。

  日本借科研之名捕鲸,绕开了1986年禁止商业捕鲸的禁令,辩解称有权观察鲸鱼“对日本渔业的影响。”

  暂停捕鲸的船队由4只捕鲸船组成,约有180名船员。船队原计划本季在南海海域捕杀850头小须鲸,一直作业至三月。

  日本去年同期共捕杀506头小须鲸,远低于原计划的850头。

  澳大利亚于去年向海牙国际法庭起诉日本,要求其停止在南极海域的“科学捕鲸”。宣判结果预计将在2013年或更晚时间才能知晓。

  去年7月,日本一家法庭判处海洋守护者协会的一位环保人士两年监禁,缓期执行,罪名是擅自登上捕鲸船只。去年,因与一艘日本捕鲸船相撞,该团体的一艘舰船沉没。

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