Documents and Information
Press release from NAMMCO 21
Press release from the NAMMCO Ministerial meeting 10 september 2012
Joint Control Scheme for the Hunting of Marine Mammals
Rules of Procedure for the FAC
Rules of Procedure for the Committee on Finance and Administration
Marine Ecosystem Management Conference IS NOW CANCELLED
International Conference on "Marine Ecosystem Management - How to make it Sustainable?" 26-27 May 2010 in Ilulissat, Greenland.
Press release from NAMMCO 18 on the EU ban on seal trade
NAMMCO issued a statement on the EU seal trade ban at the conclusion of its 18th Annual Council meeting in Tromsø, Norway, 8-10 September 2009
Report of the Council NAMMCO 17
Report of the Management Committee for Seals and Walruses NAMMCO 17
Report of the Management Committee for Cetaceans NAMMCO 17
Report of the Committee on Hunting Methods NAMMCO 17
Report of the Committee on Inspection and Observation NAMMCO 17
NAMMCO 16 Press Release
NAMMCO held its 16th Annual Council meeting in Tromsø, Norway, 27 February - 1 March 2007. A press release was issued at the conclusion of the meeting.
The NAMMCO Agreement, which was signed in Nuuk, Greenland on 9 April 1992 by Norway, Iceland, Greenland and the Faroe Islands, focuses on modern approaches to the study of the marine ecosystem as a whole, and to understanding better the role of marine mammals in this system.
The NAMMCO Council, the decision-making body of the Commission, meets on an annual basis to review advice requested from the Scientific Committee, and through the Management Committees, to coordinate recommendations for further scientific research and advice to members. The Rules of Procedure
govern Council's functions. The Council furthermore reviews and gives advice on hunting methods for marine mammals through the Committee on Hunting Methods
, relevant to the NAMMCO member countries, and operates a Joint Control Scheme
for observation of whaling and sealing activities in member countries. The NAMMCO Council comprises government representatives from the member nations. The currently elected Chairman of Council is Ásta Einarsdottír (Iceland) and the Vice-Chairman is Amalie Jessen (Greenland).
NAMMCO Council Rules of Procedure
The Rules of Procedure for the Council govern its functions.
Management Committees make proposals for conservation and management and recommendations for scientific research with respect to stocks of marine mammals within their mandate. Currently there is a Management Committee for Cetaceans, which was the former general Management Committee, and a second newly established Management Committee for Seals and Walruses (which had its first meeting at the NAMMCO 16th Council meeting). The Rules of Procedure govern the Committees' functions. The Chair of the Management Committee for Cetaceans is Ulla Wang (Faroe Islands) and the vice-Chair is Nette Levermann (Greenland). The Chair of the Management Committee for Seals and Walruses is Hild Ynnesdal (Norway) and the vice-Chair is Ásta Einarsdottír (Iceland).
The Committee on Inspection and Observation (Chaired by Nette Levermann, Greenland) that monitors the implementation of the Joint Control Scheme for the Hunting of Marine Mammals previously reported to the Management Committee. However, at the 16th NAMMCO Council meeting in 2007, it was agreed that this committee would in future report directly to Council to avoid duplication of discussions within the two Management Committees.
The Management Committees may also appoint Working groups to investigate specific issues. In recent years these have included an Ad Hoc Working Group on Enhancing Ecosystem-Based Management (EBM), a Working Group on By-Catch, and a Working Group on User Knowledge in Management. Topics considered under EBM and User Knowledge in Management were recently (NAMMCO 16 in 2007) transferred to Council and any associated Working Groups were requested to report directly to Council. The By-Catch topic was also transferred to the Scientific Committee for consideration.
Rules of Procedure for the Management Committees
The Rules of Procedure for the Management Committees govern their functions.
The Scientific Committee provides scientific advice in response to requests from the Council, utilising to the extent possible existing scientific information. The Rules of Procedure govern the Committee's functions. The current NAMMCO Scientific Committee comprises members appointed by the member nations. Members of the Secretariat are automatically members. The current Chair of the Scientific Committee is Thorvaldur Gunnlaugsson (Iceland) and the Vice-Chair is Tore Haug (Norway).
The Scientific Committee has had a number of Working Groups over the years that address specific issues as needed. Currently there are standing working groups on abundance and assessment , marine mammal - fisheries interactions, and coastal seals (harbour and grey seals), and occasional working groups on walrus, seal and whale species, and by-catch as needed. External experts may be invited to these specialist working groups in order to acquire the best possible knowledge. NAMMCO has special joint meetings with the Joint Commission on Narwhal and Beluga (JCNB) that is between Canada and Greenland, and has in March 2006, held a joint working group meeting on fin whales with the IWC. NAMMCO also has links with the ICES-NAFO working group on harp and hooded seals.
Rules of Procedure for the Scientific Committee
The Rules of Procedure for the Scientific Committee govern its functions.
Committee on Hunting Methods
The Committee provides advice on hunting methods for the marine mammals relevant to NAMMCO member countries. The Rules of Procedure
govern the Committee's functions.
The Committee has organised four Workshops; Nuuk in 1999
, Sandefjord in 2001
and Copenhagen in 2004
, and Copenhagen in November 2006
. Furthermore the Committee has convened two Expert Group meetings; one on Best Practices in Sealing in February 2009
and one on Assessment of Whale Killing Data in February 2010
. The most recent, 15-17 November 2011 in Copenhagen, Denmark, is a third Expert Group meeting to Assess the Hunting Methods for Small Cetaceans
As a follow up of recommendations from the workshops, members of the committee conducted shooting trials on heads of dead pilot whales and developed guidelines to test the efficiency of rifle ammunition used for hunting and euthanasia of small whales.
The currently (2013) elected Chair of the Committee is Eyþór Björnsson (Iceland) and the vice-Chair is Nette Levermann (Greenland).
Rules of Procedure for the Committee on Hunting Methods
The Rules of Procedure for the Committee on Hunting Methods govern its functions.
Committee on Inspection and Observation
The Committee on Inspection and Observation monitors the implementation of the Joint NAMMCO Control Scheme for the hunting of marine mammals and reports directly to Council. The Committee also provides advice on the implementation of the Scheme upon request from the Secretariat.
Presently Nette Levermann (Greenland) holds the chairmanship, and Justines Olsen (the Faroe Islands) is Vice-Chair.
Finance and Administration Committee
The Finance and Administration Committee has representatives from all member governments, and is responsible for making recommendations on budget to Council, and approving annual audited budgets for years-ended, and providing budgets for the current and future fiscal years for Council's approval. The Committee has its own Rules of Procedure
. Presently the Chair is Einar Tallaksen (Norway) and the Vice-Chair is Ásta Einarsdottír (Iceland).
Member Government Organisations
There are currently four member governments
of NAMMCO: Faroe Islands, Greenland, Iceland and Norway.