Subject: Norway Whaling/Conservation Interaction

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 ENVIRONMENTALISTS PLAN TO DISRUPT NORWEGIAN WHALING
    By Stella Bugge
    OSLO, July 4 (Reuter) - Environmentalists sailing to
Norway's whaling waters vowed on Monday to do whatever was
necessary to stop Norwegians whaling in defiance of an
international moratorium.
    Tailed by Norwegian coast guards, they were sailing a
187-feet vessel (57 metres) past the western port of Bergen en
route for the the Lofoten islands, home to many Norwegian
whalers.
    ``We plan to do whatever is necessary to stop the illegal
whaling activity of Norway,'' expedition leader Lisa Distefano
told Reuters by radio-telephone on Monday. The mission was
organised by the environmental organisation Sea Shepherd.
    She declined to give any details of the plans of the 34 crew
of the vessel ``Whales Forever,'' expected to reach the islands
on Wednesday. ``Sea Shepherd never will be  violent,'' she said.
    Norway planned to give coast guards limited police authority
to act against illegal operations aimed at Norwegian whaling.
This was expected to cover international waters since whaling
vessels are regarded as Norwegian territory.
    The International Whaling Commission (IWC) imposed a
moratorium on all commercial whaling in 1985, and the United
States has threatened trade sanctions against Norway.
    A Norwegian court recently sentenced Sea Shepherd leader
Paul Watson and Distefano to four months in jail for trying to
sink a Norwegian whaling vessel in December 1992.
    But it was unclear how the sentences could be implemented as
neither were at the trial and both live in the United States.
    ``They are on their way north in international waters. We
are monitoring them,'' said captain Anders Hegland, with
Norway's Defence Command.
    Distefano said the ``Whales Forever'' vessel has a
mini-submarine which could operate 100 metres (yards) below the
surface and stay submerged for up to three days.
    Norwegian whalers had by Monday harpooned 70 minke whales so
far this year out of a Norwegian government quota of 301.