Marine Seismic Surveys: Modern Approached for Minimizing Risks in Environmentally Sensitive Areas - Sakhalin Case Study
The IUCN Marine Seismic Survey brochure published in 2012 details an integrated and interdisciplinary approach to conducting marine seismic surveys near Sakhalin Island, home to a resident population of endangered gray 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 Gray Whale Advisory Panel (WGWAP) and Sakhalin Energy.
Responsible Practices for Minimizing and Monitoring Environmental Impacts of Marine Seismic Surveys with an Emphasis on Marine Mammals
Written by experts with IUCN’s Western Gray Whale Advisory Panel (WGWAP) and Sakhalin Energy Investment Company Ltd. between 2006-2012 and published in the journal Aquatic Mammals in 2013, this scientific article is a step-by-step guide to reducing impacts on whales and other marine species during seismic sea floor surveys. It presents the most thorough, robust and practical approach to minimizing and monitoring the risk of harm to vulnerable marine species when intense sounds are used to survey the sea floor primarily in the search for oil and gas. Based on the experience in developing and conducting Sakhalin Energy’s survey and associated mitigation and monitoring programme, the authors propose a broader approach that can be adapted to seismic surveys in any environmentally sensitive area. Each such survey, however, must take into account their specific circumstances – for example, local species, environmental features, the history and nature of other operations in the area.
- Read the abstract and view the figure "Practical roadmap for planning, executing, evaluating, and improving the design of a responsible seismic survey" in English or Russian.
- Access the full article on the Aquatic Mammals website online in English.
- See related IUCN global media release in English, Russian and French and coverage summary (in 7 languages).