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New resources related to Important Marine Mammal Areas in the Arabian Sea

The IUCN Marine Mammal Protected Areas Task force has recently updated and upgraded several features on the IMMA e-Atlas.  The e-Atlas includes a number of sites in the Arabian Sea, but now also includes a host of new Important Marine Mammal Areas (IMMAs), candidate IMMAS (cIMMAs), and Areas of Interest ...
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Arabian Sea whales at the 2020 virtual IWC Scientific Committee Meeting

Arabian Sea whales once again featured prominently in discussions of the International Whaling Commission's Scientific Committee, which was held between May 11th and 24th, 2020.  The meeting was originally scheduled to take place in Cambridge, UK, but for obvious reasons had to shift to a virtual format instead.  In order ...
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New evidence for movement of Arabian Sea humpback whales between Oman and India

On December 21st, 2019, scuba divers near Netrani Island off the west coast of India (State of Karnataka) encountered something  extraordinary while travelling to their dive site:  a humpback whale.  The dive masters from Dive Goa, Absolute SCUBA India and West Coast Adventures knew this sighting was special, because they ...
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37 Important Marine Mammal Areas identified in the Western Indian Ocean and Arabian Seas

In early December 2019, scientists announced the approval of 37 new Important Marine Mammal Areas (IMMAs) in one of the more ecologically rich, yet conservation challenged areas of the worlds oceans—the Western Indian Ocean and Arabian Seas. The new IMMAs highlight key habitats for various threatened marine mammal species, including ...
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Marine Mammal Podcast features ASWN member, Umair Shahid

Listen to ASWN member Umair Shahid talk about cetacean bycatch in the Indian Ocean on the Marine Mammal Science Podcast by clicking here.  The talk features a great description of WWF Pakistan's innovative crew-based observer programme that has yielded valuable information on bycatch rates and species, as well as successful ...
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Two new Reports on cetaceans in the Indian Ocean and Arabian Seas!

Participants to the IWC Workshop on Bycatch Mitigation Opportunities in the Western Indian Ocean and Arabian Sea.  May 7-9, 2019, Nairobi. This week two new workshop reports have been released, each containing a wealth of valuable information related to conservation of cetaceans in the Western Indian Ocean and Arabian Seas.  ...
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Blue Whales in Oman; the Sultanate’s most diverse marine mammal hotspot just got hotter!

The following is a blog shared by ASWN member Andy Willson that provides some insight and inspiration for cetacean conservation efforts off the coast of Oman, based on recent surveys conducted in the Dhofar region.  The results of these surveys were also presented to the International Whaling Commission's recent Scientific ...
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Collaboration for Killer Whales in the Northern Indian Ocean

Still images extracted from video taken by fishermen on May 14 2017, near to Hendorabi Island, Hormozgan Province, Iran. Two recent publications have  highlighted the value of regional collaboration and broad-scale (social) networking for cetacean research and conservation in the Northern Indian Ocean and Arabian Seas. The first is a ...
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ASWN members participate in workshop to identify Important Marine Mammal Areas in the Western Indian Ocean and Arabian Seas

In the week of March 4th-8th, a number of ASWN members participated in a workshop to identify Important Marine Mammal Areas (IMMAs) in the Western Indian Ocean and Arabian Seas.   The workshop was the 5th of its kind and hosted 38 marine mammal scientists and observers from 15 countries. An ...
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ASWN Flukebook data platform ready for launch!

The long-awaited regional data platform is ready for use!  After months of intense work to import and refine all of the functions required to deal with a large volume of cetacean survey sightings data from Oman, we are now ready for Arabian Sea research groups with ongoing research products and/or ...
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