Business and IUCN join forces: lessons learned from western gray whale conservation

WGWAP introduces state-of-the-art approach to conducting marine seismic surveys

The IUCN Marine Seismic Survey brochure details an integrated and interdisciplinary approach to conducting marine seismic surveys at Sakhalin Island - home to a resident population of endangered western grey whales. The brochure provides information on the planning, monitoring, and mitigation processes that were developed for a marine seismic survey in 2010. This modern approach to conducting marine seismic surveys was created through collaboration between the Western Grey Whale Advisory Panel (WGWAP) and Sakhalin Energy. The brochure may be found in the Document section.

New Western Grey Whale Advisory Panel (WGWAP) Brochure

Western grey whales are currently critically endangered. The IUCN Saving Western Grey Whales brochure introduces and explains the Western Grey Whale Advisory Panel (WGWAP) Project; a joint partnership between the IUCN and Sakhalin Energy. The brochure details successful conservation efforts to date, and how knowledge acquired through collaboration is communicated and shared. Further scientific findings arising from the joint collaboration and future research necessary to reduce potential impacts on grey whales are discussed.
The brochure may be found in the Document section.

New Western Grey Whale Advisory Panel (WGWAP) Brochure

Western grey whales are currently critically endangered. The IUCN Saving Western Grey Whales brochure introduces and explains the Western Grey Whale Advisory Panel (WGWAP) Project; a joint partnership between the IUCN and Sakhalin Energy. The brochure details successful conservation efforts to date, and how knowledge acquired through collaboration is communicated and shared. Further scientific findings arising from the joint collaboration and future research necessary to reduce potential impacts on grey whales are discussed.

Workshop speakers

1. Dr. Randall Reeves, Chair of WGWAP, Chair of the IUCN Species Survival Commission’s Cetacean Specialist Group since 1996
Dr. Randall Reeves was awarded the SSC Chair’s Citation of Excellence in recognition of his leadership of whale and dolphin conservation worldwide, and his exceptional service as Chair of the SSC Cetacean Specialist Group over many years.
To learn more about Dr. Reeves' work visit http://www.iucn.org/iyb/iucn_action_22/our_scientists/?5754/A-whale-of-a...

Sakhalin Energy's Commitment to Whale Risk Mitigation

Sakhalin Energy is committed to minimising any potential risk to the whales.To find more about Sakhalin Energy's mitigation efforts, please, follow the link:
http://www.sakhalinenergy.com/en/ataglance.asp?p=aag_main&s=3

Whales' Mysterious Ways: Tracking Migration of Western Gray Whales

Gray whales undertake one of the longest annual migrations by mammals.To appropriately design mitigation measures across the western gray whales' geographic range, it is crucial to identify the whales' wintering areas and migration routes, and assess their spacio-temporal overlap with threat factors such as fishing gear, vessel traffic and industrial activities.

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