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The NGO International Union for Conservation of Nature, researchers, and the Russian company Sakhalin Energy started the second phase of a project to protect the population of gray whales living in the Pacific Ocean around Sakhalin Island, in northeastern Russia. In existence since 2007, this initiative helps to reduce impacts from oil and gas exploration on the survival of the species. In January, the agreement was renewed for another five years.

That region has one of only two existing populations of gray whales in the world. However, while in the eastern Pacific today there are around 20,000 of this species, thanks to campaigns to reduce hunting and for preservation; in the west the situation is still critical: there were only 135 whales, according to a survey carried out at the end of last year.

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