Publications & Reports

This page contains a selection of various scientific and technical reports, guides and brochures, as well as some factsheets and cases studies on the Western Gray whale conservation, grouped in the following sections: 

  • Brochures, factsheets, case studies
  • Rangewide Initiative reports
  • Reports of WGWAP meetings
  • Reports of WGWAP Task Forces (seismic survey, noise, oil spill, photo-ID, environmental monitoring, joint programme) 
  • Technical Reports: Guides on Necropsy and Oil Spill Prevention & Response 
  • Reports of the pre-WGWAP scientific panels and meetings (including Lessons Learnt) 

Brochures, factsheets, case studies


Saving western gray whales: WGWAP Brochure, August 2012

Saving Western Gray Whales / Спасти западных серых китов

IUCN (2012, 3rd updated edition)

This updated version of the brochure introduces and explains the Western Grey Whale Advisory Panel (WGWAP): a joint partnership between IUCN and Sakhalin Energy Investment Company Ltd. 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 gray whales are discussed.

 

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*access the 1st edition (2007) or 2nd edition (2011) in English 

Marine Seismic Survey Brochure, August 2012

Marine Seismic Surveys / Морские сейсморазведочные работы

IUCN (2012)

This brochure details an integrated and interdisciplinary approach to conducting marine seismic surveys at 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.

 

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Western Gray Whale Fact Sheet Cover

Western Gray Whale Fact Sheet / Обзор сведений о западном сером ките

IUCN (2010)

This short fact sheet introduces the Gray whale - its physical features, migrations and Western versus Eastern population. It also explains the fragile Western population's status and threats and provides an overview of the conservation actions and actors.

 

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Marine News 10

Piloting responsible marine seismic surveys in Sakhalin in: IUCN Marine News 2013

IUCN (2013)

Marine News Issue 9

Western gray whales still under close watch in: IUCN Marine News 2012

IUCN (2012)

Gray Whales book, 2013

Gray Whales: The Sakhalin Story / Серые киты. Сахалинская история

Sakhalin Energy Investment Company Ltd (2013)

A popular science edition on gray whales - unique marine mammals. Like a human being, they breathe air through lungs, they are warm-blooded and feed their babies with milk, their bodies are also covered with a little hair. This book is dedicated to the population of Sakhalin gray whales included in Red Book of Russia and the Red List of the International Union for Conservation of Nature.

 

Access online in English / На русском языке

UN Global Compact International Yearbook 2013

Implementation of the Biodiversity Action Plan on Sakhalin Island in: UN Global Compact International Yearbook 2013

Sakhalin Energy Investment Company Ltd / macondo Media Group / United Nations Publications (2013)

 

Access the full publication or read here the case study in English

 

IPIECA case studies on biodiversity

Reducing risks to western gray whales from oil and gas activities by developing a monitoring and mitigating programme

Sakhalin Energy Investment Company Ltd / IPIECA, the Global oil and gas industry association for environmental and social issues (2010)

A case study in the IPIECA's collection of good practice case studies based around its document on "Managing biodiversity impacts: 10 tips for success in the oil and gas industry

 

Read the Sakhalin Energy case study or access other relevant case studies of IPIECA in English 

Rangewide Initiative Reports


Gray Whale Distribution Map

Western Gray Whales: Status, Threats And The Potential For Recovery (Report of the Tokyo Workshop)

IUCN (2008)

Reports of WGWAP Meetings


Western Gray Whale Advisory Panel (WGWAP)

13th meetingEnglish / На русском языке (May 2013) 

12th meetingEnglish / На русском языке (November 2012)

11th meeting: English / На русском языке (February 2012) 

10th meeting: English На русском языке (May 2011)

9th meeting:   English / На русском языкеn (December 2010)

8th meeting:   English / На русском языке (April 2010) 

7th meeting:   English (December 2009) 

6th meeting:   English (April 2009)

5th meeting:   English На русском языке (December 2008) 

4th meeting:   English / На русском языке (April 2008)

3rd meeting:   English / На русском языке (November 2007)

2nd meeting:  English  На русском языке (April 2007)

1st meeting:   English / На русском языке (November 2006) 

Report on IUCN's opening session at the 1st meetingEnglish  На русском языке (November 2006)

 

Reports of WGWAP Task Force Meetings


Joint Programme Task Force: 1st meeting (2013) 

Noise Task Force: 1st meeting (2011), 2nd meeting(2012), 3rd meeting (2012), 4th meeting (2013), 5th meeting (2013)

4-D Seismic Survey Task Force: 1st meeting (2007)2nd meeting (2008)3rd meeting (2009)4th meeting (2009)5th meeting (2010)6th meeting (2010)7th meeting (2011) 

Photo-ID Task Force: 
1st meeting (2007)2nd meeting (2009)3rd meeting (2009) 

Oil Spill Task Force: 1st meeting (2007) 

Environmental Monitoring Task Force: 1st meeting (2011) 

 

Technical Reports: Guides


 

Criteria for Evaluating Oil Spill Planning and Response Operations

Criteria for Evaluating Oil Spill Planning and Response Operations

Report to IUCN by Ecosystem Management & Associates, Inc. (Revised, 2008)

Marine Mammal Necropsy: An introductory guide for stranding responders and field biologists. Chapter 5 (in Russian)

Marine Mammal Necropsy: An introductory guide for stranding responders and field biologists

Woods Hole Oceanographic Institution (2007)

SECTION 5: Large Whale Examination and Necropsy / РАЗДЕЛ 5. Обследование и вскрытие крупных китов

 

Access in English / Hа русском языке

 

*Following the WGWAP recommendation, three necropsy kits prepared by Sakhalin Energy are stored in Nogliki (1) and Yuzhno (2), Sakhalin Island. 

 

Pre-WGWAP Reports


Learning for the Future: Lessons Learned and Documentation of the Process of Independent Scientific Review Panel for Western Gray Whales in Sakhalin

Learning for the Future: Lessons Learned and Documentation of the Process of Independent Scientific Review Panel for Western Gray Whales in Sakhalin

IUCN (2009) 

 

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Tail fin of Western Gray Whale

Report of the Interim Independent Scientists Group (IISG) on Mitigation Measures to Protect Western Gray Whales during Sakhalin-2 Construction Operations in 2006

IISG (2006)

 

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Report of the Lenders Workshop on Western Gray Whales

Report of the Lenders Workshop on Western Gray Whales

(2005) 

 

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Report of the ISRP Follow-up Workshop: An account of discussions, observations, and suggestions made at the workshop

Report of the ISRP Follow-up Workshop: An account of discussions, observations, and suggestions made at the workshop

ISPR (2005) 

 

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Report of the Independent Scientific Review Panel on the Impacts of Sakhalin II Phase 2 on Western North Pacific Gray Whales and Related Biodiversity

Report of the Independent Scientific Review Panel (ISPR) on the Impacts of Sakhalin II Phase 2 on Western North Pacific Gray Whales and Related Biodiversity