JAPAN IRKED BY PALAU SHARK PATROL

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Sea Shepherd called ‘terrorist’ group

MELBOURNE, Australia (Radio Australia, May 15, 2011) – The government of Palau says it is reconsidering an agreement to have the conservation group Sea Shepherd patrol a marine sanctuary in its waters.

The group had offered to patrol - at its own expense - an area designated as the world's first shark sanctuary.

But the Japanese government, which describes the conservationists as "terrorists", objected to the plan and has offered to send its own patrol vessel instead.

Sea Shepherd has regularly clashed with Japanese whalers and this year forced them to cut short their annual hunt in the Southern Ocean.

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