Greenpeace launches most ambitious expedition ever

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We are facing a growing wave of ocean extinction; our seas have reached a tipping point, with scores of species, fish, birds and mammals edging toward extinction. In response, Greenpeace is launching its most ambitious ship expedition ever to defend our oceans and to call for a vast network of marine reserves that are needed to protect and restore the health of the planets oceans.

The expedition will begin this weekend when two Greenpeace ships, the MY Esperanza and the MY Arctic Sunrise, leave Cape Town to oppose continued whaling in the Southern Ocean Whale Sanctuary.

Flying in the face of international protest and repeated calls from the International Whaling Commission (IWC) to stop the annual hunt, this year the Fisheries Agency of Japan (FAJ) intends to more than double its catch of minke whales to 935. Adding insult to injury this year 10 fin whales will also be caught in the harpooner