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  CSG member John Wang and collaborators recently presented strong morphological and molecular evidence for reproductive isolation of two main forms of finless porpoises in sympatry, leading to the conclusion that there are at least two biological species: the Indo-Pacific finless porpoise (Neophocaena phocaenoides) and the...

  As a follow-up to the Solomon Islands dolphin workshop held in Samoa in 2008 (see Special Projects, Solomon Islands), Marc Oremus and colleagues have been conducting field research in the Solomons to obtain abundance estimates of Indo-Pacific bottlenose dolphins in the area where the recent...

  In March of this year, a small panel chaired by Randall Reeves and including CSG members Barb Taylor and Bob Brownell, was convened by the IUCN Species Survival Commission to provide an independent scientific assessment of recent research on belugas in the Sakhalin--Amur region of...

  The ‘Freshwater Dolphins of the World’ website was launched in early 2011 to provide a central resource for information relating to freshwater dolphins. The site contains information on all of the species, subspecies and populations of true and river-flow-dependent freshwater dolphin populations. It also provides...

  Determining and quantifying threats to coastal cetaceans: A regional collaborative workshop: 21-24 February 2011, Kuching, Sarawak, Malaysia, Edited by G. Minton and B.D. Smith. In February 2011, 27 cetacean researchers from the South Asian region came together at the Permai Rainforest Resort in Kuching, Sarawak to discuss...

  No species, except perhaps the baiji, has been of greater concern to the CSG over the last several decades than Mexico’s endemic Gulf of California porpoise, the vaquita (Phocoena sinus). Already by the time of its scientific discovery and formal description in 1958, the vaquita...

  In October 2010, a team of scientists from Russia and the United States satellite tagged a western gray whale off Sakhalin Island, Russia. This is the first individual from the critically endangered western gray whale population to be tagged and tracked using telemetry. This whale,...

  The oil and gas company Sakhalin Energy Investment Company (Sakhalin Energy) announced on December 4th its intention to begin planning for construction of a third offshore oil and gas platform in the Piltun-Astokh field along the coast of Sakhalin Island, eastern Russia. As this platform...

  A new book on the conservation of cetaceans in the Mediterranean and Black Seas, authored by Giuseppe Notarbartolo di Sciara and Alexei Birkun and with a foreword by H.S.H. Albert II, Prince of Monaco, has been recently published by ACCOBAMS on the occasion of the...