AAA  Aug. 24, 2016 3:36 PM ET
US group to stop interfering with Japanese whalers
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(AP) — The founder of a radical conservation group made famous by the television show "Whale Wars" says a settlement over anti-whaling activities only prevents the group's U.S. organization from interfering with Japanese whalers in the Southern Ocean.

This week, Japan's Institute of Cetacean Research and a whale ship operator announced they'd reached an agreement with Sea Shepherd Conservation Society and its founder Paul Watson.

Watson, who's wanted in Japan and Costa Rica, says the settlement means Sea Shepherd USA cannot be involved in or contribute money toward opposing Japanese whalers in the Southern Ocean. But Watson says it doesn't affect the group's other entities.

The International Whaling Commission imposed a commercial ban on whaling in 1986. Japan has continued to kill whales under an exemption for what it says is research.

Associated Press
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