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Arabian Sea Whales at the 2017 meeting of the Scientific Committee of the International Whaling Commission

Last week several ASWN members had the opportunity to attend the Scientific Committee (SC) meeting of the International Whaling Commission (IWC) in Bled.  A wide range of papers was presented, highlighting the important work conducted by ASWN members and their colleagues over the past year, and leading to renewed IWC endorsement ...

The Arabian Sea Humpback Whale Infographic is ready for distribution!

After months of planning, ASWN members have finalized an infographic designed to raise awareness of the unique nature of Arabian Sea Humpback whales and the urgent conservation challenges they face.  The infographic was made possible with financial support from the Emirates Wildlife Society-WWF, and was designed by Agenda 28 in consultation ...

A focus on ship strikes and whales in the Arabian Sea

Two recent publications highlight the risk of ship strikes to Arabian Sea whale populations. The first is a fact sheet, hot off the press from WWF International.  It draws on the International Whaling Commission's Strategic  Plan to Mitigate the Impacts of Ship Strikes on Cetaceans, and highlights 10 key areas where the ...

New papers highlight the unique and vulnerable status of Arabian Sea humpback whales and the results of satellite tagging of whales in the Indian Ocean

Recently two scientific papers have been published that are of great value to our understanding of humpback whales in the Indian Ocean and Arabian Sea.  The first is a review of 3575 genetic samples collected from seven breeding stocks of humpback whales in the South Atlantic and Indian Oceans.  The study ...

Fishermen in Pakistan free entangled humpback whale

[wpvideo cqHtvUsj] Video of the entangled whale, that was freed by a WWF-Pakistsan trained captain of a tuna vessel. The WWF-Pakistan led programme to train fishing captains in how to report whale sightings and free accidentally entangled wildlife from their nets is yielding more and  more valuable information and saving ...

Arabian Sea humpback whales feature in Pakistan Daily Times

The locations of three recently reported humpback whale sightings in Pakistan, and a photograph taken by the fishing vessel captains who reported the sightings.  More details in the link to the Pakistan Daily Times newspaper article below. Since 2014, WWF Pakistan has been leading a fisheries observer programme that trains fishing ...

Arabian Sea humpback whales are one of only four populations still considered Endangered under the United States revised Endangered Species Act listing.

The following statement was posted by WWF International:  and is copied here below: Following an extensive review process that started in 2009 and was finalized in September 2016, the United States’ National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration has revised the status of humpback whale populations around the world under the US ...

Arabian Sea Whale reports presented to the IWC in 2016

This year Arabian Sea whales made a strong showing at the meeting of the Scientific Committee of the International Whaling Commission.  The following documents were all presented in either the Southern Hemisphere  (SH) subcommittee, or the Human Induced Mortality (HIM) subcommittee.  Arabian Sea Humpback whales received a great deal of attention ...

ASWN Logo and style guides

We are happy to share the final versions of the ASWN logo and style guides in English, Arabic and Farsi/Persian.  Please feel free to download the versions that you think you  might want to use, and if you don't see your language there, please write to Oliver Kerr: Okerr@ewswwf.ae to request ...

Our second newsletter

Please take some time to enjoy our second newsletter, which was finalized at the end of May 2016. ASWN May 2016 Newsletter Final2 Photo contributed by Darryl MacDonald  and ESO: Humpback whale and satellite tagging research team off the coast of Oman - who is watching who? ...