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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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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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