International Marine Mammal Conservation Society

How Do We Stop Japanese Whaling Now? We Must Deploy High Tech Ships and Submarines.

The International Marine Mammal Conservation Society can stop Japanese whaling by deploying a new high tech submarine that will use advanced propulsion systems to remain at sea for 365 days without using fuel and can reach speeds greater than 100 knots when required.

Image: Japanese Whaling Vessel Yushin Maru No. 2 Docks in Unalaska. CREDIT ZOË SOBEL / KUCB

In order to defend marine wildlife and prevent whaling we need the right tools to perform that mission. Since Japanese whaling has ended in Antarctica, whaling still occurs throughout the world, including through a new whaling program within Japan’s EEZ. Other nations such as Iceland, the Faroe Islands, Norway, the United States (Alaska), and others continue whale hunting.

The latest changes by the whalers bring challenges to anti-whaling groups. These new challenges require fielding new tools which can aid our efforts as an organization to bring an end to whaling by deploying the worlds most advanced and capable fleet which can disrupt illegal whaling, fishing, and ocean-going wildlife smuggling activities, in addition to providing marine research, rescue, and rehabilitation and debris removal and fisheries monitoring.

Let’s envision how this new state-of-the-art submarine will be able to end whaling once and for all and how the International Marine Mammal Conservation Society will continue to upgrade, modernize, and adapt capabilities for the foreseeable future to enable this.

The Japanese whaling fleet’s goal is to hunt whales, and they have gone to great lengths to continue their operations unhindered. We need to stop that by deploying a submarine which the whaling fleet can not track from space surveillance systems, and in some cases enable it where the whalers do not have evidence that an anti-whaling ship is present, and even in the event we decide to allow them the capacity to track the vessel, we must enable the capability to outrun almost anything the whaling fleet could send up against it on the high seas either submerged or on top of the surface.

As of now, none of the Japanese whalers (or any other whalers) current vessels could stop the Aegis submarine, nor detect its silent propulsion systems. The Yushin Maru No. 1, Yushin Maru No. 2, Yushin Maru No. 3, or the Nisshin Maru and Shonan Maru No. 2 could never hope to stop it or ever reach a speed of over 100 knots and believe us when we say it can go over 100 knots – by a large margin.

The submarine we’re talking about is in active development. We’re going to discuss how this in-development submarine can actually stop the whalers, engage them in a variety of ways or simply get in, take action and disappear in just a matter of minutes. 

This unprecedented level of speed in anti-whaling response and the endurance for the submarine to operate for 365 days makes it the ideal platform for anti-whaling campaigns which will handle the ever-evolving whaling operators as well as other fisheries crimes around the globe.

The submarine has been given the name Aegis – to act as the shield of wildlife. The Aegis submarine will be capable of intercepting, for example, a Japanese whaling vessel in under 7 minutes at a range of just 12 nautical miles. That would give the whalers almost no time to respond, and should it surface even closer to the whaling fleet (which it is fully capable of doing without alerting the whalers), then the time until the Aegis is on station decreases from 6 minutes to way less time. The Aegis submarine will be equipped to take on ‘super trawlers’ and similar vessels in the future by designing some new features to take direct action from undersea – without the knowledge of illegal fishing or whaling vessels operators.

With a speed over 100 knots, there’s almost no notice of an incoming anti-whaling operation, the whalers would be unable to prepare last second, allowing enforcement teams to take action to defend the whales. The submarine can operate over 25 knots submerged, so it could quite easily follow a whaling vessel without even alerting the whaling crew members – being that close, the Aegis can respond very quickly. Operating from a depth over 100 meters, the submarine could deploy sensors to scan the sea surface for illegal fishing vessels and monitor their activities up close.

The submarine could cut, track and remove the nets of illegal trawlers, long liners and others in the Galapagos to enable enforcement, increase deterrence around the area and deal with problems of fishing fleet swarms (such as the situation which occurred with some 200 Chinese fishing vessels around the Galapagos). With the capacity to travel over 100-knots, the Aegis can monitor thousands of nautical miles away through its use of unmanned and manned systems, of course, this is in conjunction with the M/V Barracuda and long-range ISR drones, among other technologies we’ve opted not to disclose.

The M/V Aegis and M/V Barracuda Design Concepts

The M/V Aegis’s submarine concept image has been altered with sketch marking to protect details we deem important. This is the concept design for the Aegis (submarine) and the M/V Barracuda (patrol vessel).

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