The North Atlantic Marine Mammal Commission

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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 members 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.

Progress of the Norwegian shipboard summer sighting survey and the aerial SCANS III survey off Norway

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By Niels Øien, 20 July 2016

Continuing NASS 2015 to compensate for a bad coverage in the Icelandic coastal area

13692726 10154364579373055 2246956863245502672 nContinuing NASS 2015..: the re-survey of Iceland coastal area, which was not well covered because of bad weather and high winds in June-July 2015.

Still windS and fogS this year, but not bad until now especially in the the south-west :-).

On July 16, Daniel Pike, the cruise leader says: "Progress has been slow the last few days because of wind and fog. But we are putting lots of miles on the plane!"

Norwegian harbour porpoise Fjord survey

Targa No July2016In parallel to the SCANS aerial survey off the Norwegian coast, a small scale harbour porpoise sighting survey was carried out in the Vestfjord area on 5-6 July using the boat Targa 44 (see picture). started in Bodø in the morning of July 5. Transects we surveyed from the west of Landego (on the Island Landegode North of Bodø) in a NE direction to the North of Tysfjord, and then continue on a second transect from Lødingen (South of the Island of Hinnøya) and cover the western areas of the Vestfjord to Lofotodden (the Southwest tip of the Lofoten). Tore Haug, Nils-Erik Skavberg and Kjell Nielsen from IMR-Tromsø were the observers.

Cetacean distributions over the years

Photo credit: MRI (Iceland) A new project using data from the North Atlantic Sightings Surveys (NASS) and Norwegian surveys is now underway. The project will be conducted by Nadya C. Ramirez-Martinez and Philip S. Hammond of the Sea Mammal Research Unit at the University of St Andrews. 

The main goal of this project is to improve understanding of the environmental factors that influence the distribution and habitat use of a range of cetacean species in the central and northeast Atlantic over a period of three decades by modelling their relative abundance as a function of a series of static and dynamic variables.

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