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Western Gray Whale in Sakhalin

Keeping whales safe in sound

A unique collaboration between the oil and gas industry, scientists and conservationists proves a way to minimize seismic survey impacts on rare whales and other species. …   | Russian

20 Jan 2014 | International news release

Western Gray Whale

WGWAP-13 report now available

In spring, renowned whale scientists, oil and gas industry representatives, IUCN and other actors gathered in Japan for the 13th meeting of an independent advisory panel. It seeks to demonstrate how critically endangered species of Western Gray whales can co-exist with responsible economic development conducted by Sakhalin Energy off Sakhalin Island in the North Pacific. The full meeting report is now available. …  

16 Oct 2013 | Article

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Salmon fishing clashes with endangered gray whales

An IUCN group of experts is calling for an immediate halt to large-scale commercial salmon fishing near Piltun Lagoon, Sakhalin Island in the Russian Far East because of the risk it poses to about 150 critically endangered Western Gray whales found in this area. …   | Russian

16 Aug 2013 | News story

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WGWAP shares lessons learnt at IUCN World Conservation Congress

During IUCN’s World Conservation Congress held in Jeju, South Korea, conservation of the critically endangered population of western gray whales was on the agenda. The IUCN Marine and Polar Programme (GMPP), Sakhalin Energy Investment Company Ltd (SEIC) and IUCN’s Western Gray Whale Advisory Panel (WGWAP) convened a workshop on 9 September 2012 entitled “Business and IUCN Join Forces: Lessons learned from Western Gray Whale Conservation”.  …  

18 Sep 2012 | Article

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IUCN and Sakhalin Energy continue joint efforts to protect whales

IUCN, whale experts and Sakhalin Energy Investment Company (Sakhalin Energy) are starting a second 5-year phase (2012-2016) of joint collaboration to protect the endangered population of western gray whales. Through this collaboration, a credible mechanism has been created in the last 5 years to reduce impacts of oil and gas development in the vicinity of Sakhalin Island, in northeastern Russia. …  

09 Jan 2012 | News story

Tail fin of Western Gray Whale

Endangered whales are crossing the Pacific

Two female western gray whales, Agent and Varvara, left the coast of Russia late last year and are now half-way across the Gulf of Alaska. For the second consecutive year, an international team of scientists successfully tagged endangered whales off Sakhalin Island and the team is now tracking the animals via satellite. …  

09 Jan 2012 | News story

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Following Flex - the western gray whale

Meet Flex. Flex belongs to the highly threatened population of western gray whales. He has been tagged by satellite and tracked by scientists in the hope to discover the migration routes of the species and ways to better protect it from threats such as accidental entanglement in fishing gear, underwater noise and exposure to spilled oil. …  

02 May 2011 | News story

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Western gray whale makes unexpected journey

In October 2010, a team of scientists from Russia and the United States satellite tagged a western gray whale off Sakhalin Island, Russia. This is the first individual from the Critically Endangered western gray whale population to be tagged and tracked using telemetry. This whale, nicknamed Flex by researchers, has now been successfully tracked for over four months, revealing its long and unexpected migration route. …  

17 Feb 2011 | News story

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New oil platform off Sakhalin – whale scientists will have a say

The oil and gas company Sakhalin Energy Investment Company (Sakhalin Energy) announced on December 4th its intention to begin planning for construction of a third offshore oil and gas platform in the Piltun-Astokh field along the coast of Sakhalin Island, eastern Russia. As this platform would be located near the primary feeding ground of the endangered western gray whale population, Sakhalin Energy requested the advice of an independent panel of scientists, convened by IUCN, to minimize risks to the whale population. …  

07 Jan 2011 | News story

Western Gray Whale

International scientists track endangered whale to discover breeding grounds

A team of scientists from Russia and the United States has successfully tagged and is tracking by satellite an individual from one of the world’s most endangered whale populations – a western gray whale - off the coast of Russia’s Sakhalin Island. IUCN has been involved in the tagging and tracking process, providing scientific advice and logistical support. …  

02 Dec 2010 | News story

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