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QNHG October Talk - Gentle Giants of the Al Shaheen - Whale Sharks
presented by Catherine Reeves, Senior Environmental Advisor North Oil Company

Synopsis of the talk
During this talk, Katie will discuss the whale sharks of the Al Shaheen field: why they
aggregate in the Qatari waters every year, why they are here in the first place and she will
update us on Whale Shark science across the world. She will discuss the limited activities
from this year in Qatar due to COVID-19 restricting fieldwork, as well as what is planned for
the next few years.

Short biography of the speaker
Katie Reeves is an enthusiastic marine scientist (MSc/BSc), and has over twenty years of
diverse experience as a marine environmental and ecological specialist advisor.
Prior to working in Qatar, Katie worked for WWF-UK as a Marine Protected Areas officer and campaigned for the UK Marine Act, this included a stint in Northern Ireland for the Wildlife Trusts and WWF-NI. As a nature conservation regulator in Natural England, she has written numerous articles and publications, and thoroughly enjoyed developing the Good Beach Guide in the Marine Conservation Society to improve coastal water quality across the UK.
In Qatar, Katie has been involved in the oil and gas sector, consultancy and has greatly
enjoyed conducting turtle monitoring, undertaking various coral, seagrass, coastal surveys for various coastal and offshore impact assessments. She is a member of the recently formed North Oil Company Whale Shark Project group.
Some of her favourite moments have come as a volunteer scuba diver recording the
wonderful marine life across the world.

Oct 14, 2020 07:00 PM in Qatar

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