NAMMCO provides a mechanism for cooperation on conservation and management for all species of cetaceans (whales and dolphins) and pinnipeds (seals and walruses) in the region, many of which had not before been covered by such an international agreement.
Taking into account both
- the rights and needs of coastal communities to make a sustainable living from marine resources, and
- the complexity and vulnerability of the marine ecosystem,
the member countries of NAMMCO, through their regional cooperation, aim to strengthen and further develop effective conservation and management measures for marine mammals. Such measures should be based on the best available scientific evidence and user knowledge.