A Russian version of the joint report related to the conservation of the gray whale published

During the Year of Ecology, on the eve of the World Day of Marine Mammals Protection (Whale Day), the World Wildlife Fund (WWF) Russia,  the International Union for Conservation of Nature (IUCN) and the International Fund for Animal Welfare (IFAW's) published a Russian version of the joint report related to the conservation of the gray whale.

The report points out that it is now possible to note the signs of a slow recovery of the population: it grew by 3-4% annually, rising from approximately 115 individuals in 2004 to 174 animals in 2015. The report especially highlights effective collaboration between scientists, government and non-governmental organisations, and oil companies, primarily Sakhalin Energy, which has allowed to develop effective measures to reduce the impact of oil and gas offshore projects on marine mammals.

Protection of all cetacean species, not only endangered ones, is of great importance for Sakhalin Energy. The company has developed and implemented a corporate Marine Mammal Protection Plan containing measures to mitigate its impact on marine mammals during routine operations near the Piltun-Astokhskoye field. The measures include special navigation routes (corridors) and speed limits for vessels. Moreover the  vessels are required to keep from the whales at a safety distance. Each vessel operating around the gray whale feeding areas has a Marine Mammal Observer on board. Annually performed comprehensive gray whale monitoring proves no negative impact on gray whales.

Gray whale in Piltun bay

English cover story at the

News at the Year of Ecology web-site

20 February 2017