The same humpback whales that are being targeted by the Japanese whalers face a new threat, a gas hub in a place called James Price Point in Western Australia. It is the world's largest humpback whale nursery.
Woodside and the West Australian Government want to drill and dredge up to six kilometres out to sea, with a jetty several kilometres long right through the middle of it. This would mean turbidity from dredging, oil spills, industrial discharges, noise, light and vessel strikes, affecting whales, dolphins, turtles, dugongs and fish.
It has taken over three decades for the Western Australian humpback population to bounce back from the brink of extinction due to whaling. The worlds largest humpback nursery is on the line.
Sea Shepherd received an invitation from the Goolarabooloo native people to help them in their efforts to halt the construction. Sea Shepherd Conservation Society is honoured to have received this invitation and we are pleased to have the opportunity to serve constructively with the effort of so many who wish to oppose this invasion of this beautifully diverse coastal region by corporations that wilfully blind themselves to the true value of what they destroy.
"Sea Shepherd accepts the invitation in the spirit of eternal friendship with a promise to stand in unity with the Goolarabooloo to defend the beauty and sacredness of this wondrous environment." - Captain Paul Watson.
In honouring the Goolarabooloo, we are naming this campaign operation Kimberley Miinimbi, the Goolarabooloo name for humpback whale.
April 12, 2013 - Operation Kimberley Miinimbi is a success: World’s largest Humpback Whale Nursery is safe - The whales' nursery and home is now safe due to the fact that energy giant Woodside Petroleum has scrapped plans for its controversial $45 billion Browse joint-venture at James Price Point near Broome...read more
September 11, 2012 - Operation Kimberley Miinimbi Summary and Launch of Campaign Film - Woodside, the largest operator of oil and gas production in Australia, refers to what they say is “the most significant humpback whale study ever undertaken in Western Australia.”
September 4, 2012 - Hundreds Rally in Sydney for Kimberley Whales - More than 700 people gathered in Circular Quay, Sydney today to rally for the Kimberley whales and voice their opposition to Woodside’s development of one of the world’s biggest industrial complexes on the remarkable and pristine Kimberley coast in northern Western Australia. ...read more
August 24, 2012 - Operation Kimberley Miinimbi Update - Chevron Jumps Ship as Pressure to Save Critical Humpback Nursery From Gas Hub Increases. Just days after the Steve Irwin left the Kimberley coast and resumed passage to Sydney, Woodside's major partner in the proposed James Price Point gas factory has jumped ship on the venture. ...read more
August 10, 2012 - The Steve Irwin encounters the World’s Largest Humpback Whale Nursery - Whales began greeting us from the moment the journey began, with the majority of them well within five kilometers of the shore. Most of those sighted were with calves; some calves were less than two weeks old. ...read more
August 7, 2012 - Sea Shepherd Arrives in Broome to Begin Whale Survey at James Price Point - Former Australian Greens Leader, Bob Brown, Sea Shepherd Australia Director, Jeff Hansen and Federal Member for Fremantle, Melissa Parke gathered with people from the local community, including members of the Goolarabooloo family, to welcome the Steve Irwin as it makes its way into the port of Broome. ...read more
August 5, 2012 - Former Greens Senator Bob Brown in Broome to begin Operation Kimberley Miinimbi - Bob Brown has arrived in Broome, Western Australia to begin Operation Kimberley Miinimbi with Jeff Hansen. Today Dr Brown and Mr Hansen visited the community science whale tracking project and met with both the researchers and the Goolarabooloo people at James Price Point. ...read more
July 31, 2012 - Campaign leaders to greet MY Steve Irwin in Broome - Operation Kimberley Miinimbi campaign leader Bob Brown and Australian Director of Sea Shepherd Jeff Hansen will touch down in Broome this Saturday 4th of August in preparation for the arrival of the MY Steve Irwin... Read More
July 23, 2012 - Steve Irwin Departs for Broome to Commence Operation Kimberley Miinimbi - On Sunday July 22, the MY Steve Irwin under the command of Captain Malcolm Holland left Seaworks Williamstown, Melbourne Australia en route to Broome in a last ditch effort to save the largest humpback whale nursery in the world... Read More
July 17, 2012 - Bob Brown and Sea Shepherd Launch Operation Kimberley Miinimbi - In wake of the Gas Hub 'go ahead', Bob Brown and Sea Shepherd today launched Operation Kimberley Miinimbi, at a press conference alongside the Steve Irwin in Williamstown, Melbourne, Australia.... Read More
July 12, 2012 - Sea Shepherd Calls On its Supporters to Oppose Gas Hub for Aussie Humpbacks - The Western Australian Government, headed up by WA Premier Colin Barnett is pushing ahead with gas factories at James Price Point, north of Broome on one of the world’s most pristine coastlines... Read More