Regional update on Arabian Sea humpback whales: A brief progress report from the Arabian Sea Whale Network
G. Minton and M. Antonopoulou
Over the past year the Arabian Sea Whale Network (ASWN) has maintained communication between members and with external organisations through a website and an email group. Many ASWN members helped to identify Important Marine Mammal Areas (IMMAs) by writing proposals and participating in the IMMA workshop held in Oman in March 2019. The Network has launched a regional online data platform, that facilitates standardised data archiving in the region, and matching of photo-identification catalogues between research projects in the Arabian Sea. Members have started to use this platform to conduct data comparisons and analyses. The report also highlights national/project level work conducted by members in the UAE and Oman, and provides an overview of progress against the actions set forth in the CMS Concerted Action for Arabian Sea humpback whales.