Russian authorities have been questioning the crew of a seized Japanese whaling ship after the ship reportedly deviated from a pre-approved route during a trip to survey whaling grounds in the Sea of Okhotsk – a plan worked out by the International Whaling Commission.
The Shonan Maru No 2, a patrol boat that accompanies whale-hunting ships, left Japan on August 8th for a month-long research trip to be conducted in waters that are part of Russia's exclusive economic zone (EEZ). Russian authorities say the patrol ship failed to notify them of a change in its planned route, and complained that the ship intruded into Russian territorial waters outside of the EEZ.
In the past, the same ship was involved in scuffles with Sea Shepherd and other activists critical of Japan's whaling operations.
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exactAIS® tracking of the Shonan Maru No 2 from Tokyo into Russian waters then redirected to the port of Magadan.