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Western Gray Whale in Sakhalin

IUCN’s Independent Observer report now available on whale protection effort during a 2015 Sakhalin seismic survey

IUCN has released a detailed report on whale protection measures implemented by Sakhalin Energy Investment Company Ltd. during a seismic survey conducted in the summer of 2015 close to an important western gray whale feeding area near Sakhalin Island, off the Russian coast, just north of Japan. Findings will inform future monitoring and mitigation plans at Sakhalin and elsewhere. …   | Russian

25 May 2016 | Article

GMPP 2016 photo competition

IUCN GMPP Oceans Photographer of the Year 2016

Open for entries until the 25th of May 2016 …  

03 Mar 2016 | Article

Western gray whales in Sakhalin

Scientific panel to advise industry on how to lessen its impact on rare whales

IUCN has recently appointed a team of distinguished scientists, who will examine the impacts of oil and gas development on rare whales found off the coast of Russia’s Sakhalin Island, just north of Japan. …   | Russian

19 Oct 2015 | News story

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IUCN Independent Observer follows whale protection during offshore oil and gas mapping in Sakhalin

IUCN has seconded an Independent Observer to follow the implementation of monitoring and mitigation measures during a seismic survey that just began close to the main western gray whale feeding area near Sakhalin Island, on the Russian coast, just north of Japan. …   | Russian

09 Jul 2015 | News story

Western Gray Whale and ship.

IUCN seeks whale conservation experts to advise on energy development impacts

IUCN seeks applications from qualified individuals to serve on its independent scientific and technical advisory panel to minimize impacts on western gray whales during offshore oil and gas development and beyond in Sakhalin, in the Russian Far East. The application deadline is 20 August 2015. …   | Russian

29 Jun 2015 | News story

Western Gray Whale in Sakhalin

WGWAP statement on proposed Sakhalin seismic activity in 2015

The Western Gray Whale Advisory Panel (WGWAP) has issued a statement of concern regarding proposed seismic survey activity on the Sakhalin shelf in 2015, based on information provided by Sakhalin Energy and other parties during and shortly following an informal WGWAP Working Meeting held on 27-29 April 2015. …  

08 May 2015 | Article

Tail fin of Western Gray Whale in Sakhalin

WGWAP-16 postponed

IUCN decided to postpone the 16th meeting of the Western Gray Whale Advisory Panel (WGWAP-16) to November 2015, as the conditions for thorough technical consideration of several key agenda items and therefore achievement of the meeting objectives could not be assured. Specifically, a number of technical documents were not provided to IUCN in time, thus critically limiting the capacity of the Panel to fulfil its role of providing independent scientific and technical advice on the conservation and recovery of gray whales in the western North Pacific. …  

01 May 2015 | Article

Gray whale breaching

Landmark cooperation for conservation of rare whales

Representatives of the Russian Federation, USA and Japan have signed a Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) to implement IUCN’s range-wide Western Gray Whale Conservation Plan. …  

24 Sep 2014 | News story

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. …   | French | 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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