Australian Whale Sanctuary

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The Australian Whale Sanctuary was established in 1999 to protect dolphins and whales from hunting.[1] The non-contiguous zone includes the Australia's Exclusive Economic Zone (EEZ), which is the area 200 nautical miles (370 km) surrounding the continent of Australia and its external dependencies such as Christmas Island (in the Indian Ocean), Cocos (Keeling) Island, Norfolk Island, Heard Island and Macdonald Island. It also includes the EEZ around the Australian Antarctic Territory which is only recognised by United Kingdom, New Zealand, France and Norway.[2]

The Sanctuary is the scene of an ongoing controversy between Australia and Japan over whaling. In 2008 the Australian Federal Court ruled it was illegal under Australian law for the Japanese whaling fleet to kill whales in the Sanctuary.[3]

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  1. ^ "Australian Whale Sanctuary". Department of the Environment, Water, Heritage and the Arts. 30 November 2007. Archived from the original on 9 January 2010. Retrieved 15 January 2010. 
  2. ^ "Chapter 6: Antarctic Territories" (PDF). Parliament of Australia. Archived from the original (PDF) on 26 June 2008. Retrieved 16 July 2008. 
  3. ^ Darby, Andrew (16 January 2008). "Japanese whaling fleet loses in court, at sea". The Age. Retrieved 15 January 2010. 

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Coordinates: 35°18′07.51″S 149°08′03.70″E / 35.3020861°S 149.1343611°E / -35.3020861; 149.1343611