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ESO Completes Arabian Sea Humpback Whale Acoustic Analysis: A Sound is Worth a Thousand Words

The following is a press release from the Environment Society of Oman: The Environment Society of Oman (ESO) in partnership with New England Aquarium (NEA) have recently finalised their findings on a two-year acoustic dataset on the Arabian Sea Humpback Whales (ASHW). The aim of the project was to document ...

New Indian Ocean Cetacean Identification Cards available

A great new resource has just become available to all those working with cetaceans or cetacean-fisheries interactions in the Indian Ocean and Arabian Sea.  The Indian Ocean Tuna Commission (IOTC) has been working on the development of a set of cetacean identification cards for Indian Ocean Fisheries.  These have been ...

Back from the Blue – the latest ASWN newsletter

After a long hiatus, we are pleased to share the next edition of the Arabian Sea Whale network newsletter.  Compiling this issue was a rewarding exercise,  as it provided an opportunity to reflect on all of the great achievements that network members have made over the past year. Please feel ...

Oman hosts multi-stakeholder workshop on responsible whale and dolphin watching

Dr. Paul Forestell of the Pacific Whale Foundation shares nearly 40 years of international experience in the whale watching sector.  In August 2018, Oman’s Ministry of Environment and Climate Affairs (MECA), the Environment Society of Oman (ESO), Five Oceans Environmental Services (5OES) and the Pacific Whale Foundation (PWF) collaborated to ...

Arabian Sea humpback whales listed under India’s Recovery Programme for Critically Endangered Species

Good news from India! The Arabian Sea Humpback whale has been added to the Central Government's Recovery Programme for Critically Endangered Species. The programme, which falls under the Ministry of Forests, Environment and Climate Change, India (MoEFCC), is a component of a Centrally sponsored scheme titled 'Integrated Development of Wildlife Habitats'.  In June ...

Marine mammal training symposium and survey completed in India

In December 2017,  India hosted a two-part workshop and training course, aimed to build capacity for marine mammal research and conservation throughout the country.  The first part of the workshop involved marine mammal scientists from the US, India and beyond. The second component the Marine Mammal Research in India Symposium ...

ASWN at the 2018 International Whaling Commission Scientific Committee meeting

Lake Bled - and the view from the meeting rooms at the IWC's Scientific Committee meetings in 2018 The Scientific Committee of the International Whaling Commission (IWC) met from April 25th- May 7th in Bled, Slovenia.  The ASWN was well represented at this meeting with invited participants from Oman's Ministry ...

Two new papers reveal important insights into whales in the Northern Indian Ocean

Last week two new papers were published revealing important information about feeding and parasites in blue whales off Sri Lanka and humpback whale song off the Goan coast of India.  Read the full abstracts of these papers below: de Vos A, Faux CE, Marthick J, Dickinson J, Jarman SN. 2018 ...

ASWN Data Platform Workshop Report now available

In January 2018, a number of ASWN members gathered in Muscat for a workshop focusing on the final stages of development and capacity building for the creation of the ASWN regional data platform. The platform is being developed with Wild Me/Flukebook, and should be ready for wider use throughout the ...

Luban completes her return journey back to the coast of Oman

Luban, the first Arabian Sea humpback whale to have been documented crossing from Oman to India, has now completed a return journey, and is once again swimming in the waters around Masriah Island where she was originally tagged in November 2017.   Luban's tag has been transmitting signals for over 17 weeks ...