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World Conservation Union panel voices concern over impact of noise on whales

Scientists highlight the importance of noise limits for energy companies operating in Russia to protect the critically endangered western gray whale …  

20 Jul 2007 | International news release

Saving Western Gray Whales brochure

Saving western gray whales - IUCN release summary brochure on the conservation project for the critically endangered western gray whale population

Business has joined forces with the World Conservation
Union (IUCN) to better understand the biology of
and threats to western gray whales. The purpose of
this broad engagement is to do everything possible
to ensure the survival and recovery of this population. …  

21 Jun 2007 | News story

Report of the Second Meeting Released

Sakhalin Energy and the Western Gray Whale Advisory Panel, convened by the World Conservation Union (IUCN), have agreed to work together on seismic surveys and oil spill prevention, preparedness and response. These are some of the threats to the critically endangered Western Gray Whales from the oil and gas development in the whales’ feeding area, off Sakhalin Island.    …  

10 May 2007 | News story

IUCN Appoints New Panel Member

The World Conservation Union (IUCN) is pleased to announce the appointment of Dr Brian Dicks to the Western Gray Whale Advisory Panel (WGWAP). …  

19 Mar 2007 | News story

SEIC (Sakhalin Energy Investment Company) provides informal briefing to WGWAP Members

On 5-6 February 2007, four members of the Panel (Reeves, Tsidulko, Vedenev and Yablokov) met for two days in Vladivostok (Russia) with staff and scientific team members from SEIC. …  

12 Mar 2007 | News story

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Carcass of critically endangered whale found in fishing gear off Japan’s coast

A critically endangered Western Pacific Gray Whale (Western Gray Whale) has recently died off the Pacific coast of Japan after becoming trapped in fishing gear. …  

01 Feb 2007 | International news release

WGWAP Picture

New Western Gray Whale Advisory Panel agrees on way forward

Solutions to issues surrounding oil and gas development in the summer feeding habitat of the critically endangered western gray whale population began to emerge at the first meeting of the Western Gray Whale Advisory Panel, convened by the World Conservation Union (IUCN) recently. …  

20 Nov 2006 | News story

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New scientific panel to keep the finger on the pulse of the endangered Western Gray Whale

The World Conservation Union (IUCN) convenes a new independent scientific advisory panel to monitor the impact of the Sakhalin II offshore oil and gas development on critically endangered Western Gray Whale population LINKS:


02 Oct 2006 | News story

Whale carcass

Minke Whale Carcass Washed Up On Sakhalin Coast

IUCN has received a report from Sakhalin Energy Investment Company (SEIC) of a Minke whale carcass found on the Sakhalin Coast in the area of Dagi Bay. The incident was reported to IUCN by SEIC management staff on Saturday 02 September, 2006, soon after the carcass was sighted by a regular flight along the coast that looks out for marine mammal carcases.

04 Sep 2006 | News story