The Japanese whaling catch this year is the lowest it has been in a long time, and the whalers place the blame of the low catch firmly on Sea Shepherd.
According to the AFP:
The fleet’s catch of 507 whales was down sharply on last year’s cull of 680 and below the target of about 850, said Japan’s Fisheries Agency, which blamed a total of 31 days of harassment by the Sea Shepherd group
“I am furious,” said the whaling fleet’s leader Shigetoshi Nishiwaki. Also of note in the article, is Nishiwaki’s comments on how irresponsible we were to let him ram and slice our Sea Shepherd ship in half so it would sink.
He charged that the activists “say they want to protect the ocean, but they don’t care about leaking oil or leaving pieces of a broken ship behind”, a reference to the group’s sunken powerboat the Ady Gil.
Although Sea Shepherd had removed all the fuel from the Ady Gil before it sank, Nishiwaki’s comments are still reported to be hilarious.