On April 27, 2022, the first meeting of the Scientific Council of Caspian Seal Research and Rehabilitation Center was held in Saudi Arabia, where experts discussed new opportunities for preserving the population of this red-listed species.
The event, chaired by Aselle Tasmagambetova, Founder of the CSRRC, was attended by leading international experts: Carlos Manuel Duarte, Director of the Red Sea Research Center at King Abdullah University of Science and Technology (Saudi Arabia); Elena Andrievskaya, Head of Foundation of the Baltic Seal’s Friends (Russia); Thomas Nyman, Barents Environment and Natural Resources Officer, Norwegian Institute for Bioeconomic Research, Ph.D.; Serik Timirkhanov, Ph.D., Director of Marine Biology LLP (Kazakhstan); and employees of the CSRRC – Adylkhan Tovasarov, Ph.D., Director, Sharipa Bisariyeva, Ph.D., Scientific Secretary and Altynai Kaydarova, Ph.D., Chief Researcher in the Field of Technology and Innovation.
The participants discussed issues on the Caspian seal population status, scientific tasks and prospects for future cooperation in its conservation. Aselle Tasmagambetova presented the program for the conservation of the Caspian seal, developed by the CSRRC. Carlos Manuel Duarte gave the report on the restoration of marine ecosystems by 2050. Altynai Kaydarova spoke about the possibility of using various sensors to monitor the population of the Caspian seal.