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 use of all living marine resources, including marine mammals.
The regional cooperation under NAMMCO aims at strengthening and further developing 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 user knowledge 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.
Today the first of the NAMMCO appointed observers for the 2016 season boarded a Norwegian whaling vessel. The observer will oversee the hunting activities during 4 weeks and report back to NAMMCO under the Joint NAMMCO Control Scheme for the hunting of marine mammals.
NAMMCO sends out observers to monitor whaling and sealing activities in member countries every year. An observer cannot be an observer in his/her home country. The Secretariat is responsible for the implementation of the Observer Scheme. For more information see here.
Reports of all major meetings of the Commission in 2015 including NAMMCO 24 held 9 - 11 February 2016 is available in the Annual Report 2015.