KEY POINTSIs action needed to stop Southern Ocean whaling?
Anti-whaling group Sea Shepherd says it is pursuing the Japanese whaling fleet after finding all five of its vessels in the Southern Ocean, along with evidence of whale kills.
Foreign Affairs Minister Murray McCully said reports by Sea Shepherd that whaling occurred in NZ sovereign waters were factually wrong.
"New Zealand has responsibility for co-ordinating search and rescue operations in a large area in the Southern Ocean, however these are international waters and not within New Zealand's maritime jurisdiction.''
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