The North Atlantic Marine Mammal Commission


Welcome to the North Atlantic Marine Mammal Commission - NAMMCO


NAMMCO is an international regional body for cooperation on the conservation, management and study of marine mammals in the North Atlantic.

The parties of NAMMCO — Faroe Islands, Greenland, Iceland and Norway — are committed to sustainable and responsible utilisation of all living marine resources, including marine mammals.

Through the regional cooperation under NAMMCO, they aim to strengthen and further develop effective conservation and management measures for marine mammals. Taking into account the rights and needs of coastal communities to make a sustainable living from what the sea can provide, such measures should be based on the best available scientific evidence and take into account the complexity and vulnerability of the marine ecosystem.

The NAMMCO Agreement focuses on consolidating and advancing scientific knowledge of the North Atlantic marine ecosystem as a whole, and to understanding better the role of marine mammals in this system.

North Atlantic Sightings Surveys for 2015

The surveys associated with NASS2015 have now been completed. The areas surveyed are included in the map below. The North Atlantic Sightings Surveys (NASS) are a series of internationally coordinated cetacean surveys that have been conducted in 1987, 1989, 1995,  2001, 2007 and now in 2015. Although the weather was not always in our favor this summer, the results from this year's survey are now in the process of being analysed, and the results are expected in 2016.