Progress report from the Arabian Sea Whale Network
G. Minton, R.C. Anderson, M. Antonopoulou, R. Baldwin, Y. Bohadi, S. Cerchio, T. Collins, S. al Harthi, M.S. Kiani, N. Manickam, M. Moazzam, N. Mohsenian, H. Moshiri, R. Nanayakkara, A. Natoli, H. al Sayegh, D. Sutaria, A. de Vos et al.
During the May 2020-April 2021period, the Arabian Sea Whale Network (ASWN) has been somewhat restricted in its progress and activities due to COVID related restrictions. Progress on the establishment of a regional CMP for Arabian Sea Humpback whales has been particularly slow as governments inthe region have understandably been focused on other issues. Fieldwork has also been limited, but many ASWN members have used the time to conduct other valuable work, some of which is reported here. The website has been maintained and email communicationshave been frequent, particularly in response to strandings reported by members in Iran and Kuwait. Two virtual meetings were held in January and February 2021, and two working groups have been established to focus on compilation and provision of strandingresponse materials and collaboration for acoustic studies in the Arabian Sea.