Western Gray Whale

Western Gray Whale Conservation Initiative


Business and conservationists sharing a common goal

Sakhalin Energy has joined forces with the International Union for Conservation of Nature (IUCN) to better understand the biology of and threats to some 150 Western Gray whales found off Sakhalin Island in the North Pacific. The purpose of this broad engagement is to do everything possible to ensure the survival and recovery of this critically engangered population. 

 

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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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