Gazprom Neft has accomplished ecological monitoring of gray whale populations on the Ayashsky license block, offshore from Sakhalin Island, with expedition members registering greater than 550 animals in the middle of a five-month survey.
The ecological monitoring of gray whales within the Sea of Okhotsk varieties a part of a joint programme being applied by oil and fuel corporations working in Sakhalin. Gazprom Neft joined the programme in 2017, on beginning improvement of its Ayashsky license block.
Researchers performed 58 sorties on the Siem Sapphire assist vessel between June and October, acquiring greater than 30,000 pictures — all of them taken from a particular high-speed boat, involving using skilled tools at a distance of 600–800 metres from the whales, thus not disturbing the animals.
Alexander Korobkov General Director, Gazpromneft-Sakhalin
«Environmental safety and accountable sources administration are key priorities in our firm’s enterprise. We joined the gray whale monitoring programme instantly on beginning operations on the Ayashsky license block, and use essentially the most fashionable vessels and tools right here. This is without doubt one of the most wide-ranging ecology programmes within the trade, and is a major instance of efficient collaboration between oil and fuel corporations in conserving wildlife. Observations present the Okhostk—Korean gray whale inhabitants — which was, fairly not too long ago, on the purpose of extinction — is now growing. Monitoring is giving us the chance to be taught extra about these uncommon mammals, and to make our personal contribution to making sure environmental well-being on the Sakhalin Island continental shelf».
The Ayashsky license block within the Sea of Okhotsk is situated 55 kilometres offshore from Sakhalin Island, within the north—east of the island’s continental shelf, the place sea depths can attain as much as 90 metres. The Neptune subject (with reserves instead of 415 million tonnes (mt) of oil) was found in 2017, and the Triton subject (with reserves instead of 137 mt) in 2018.
(Source and picture: Gazprom Neft)
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