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 nearly 200 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 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


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

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