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.
After many years of planning, surveys for whales in the North Atlantic have begun in Norway, Iceland, and the Faroe Islands. Greenland will shortly begin their surveys as well. North Atlantic Sightings Surveys (NASS) are a series of internationally coordinated cetacean surveys that have been conducted in 1987, 1989, 1995, 2001 and 2007. They are a critical component of NAMMCO's management advice for cetaceans in the North Atlantic.