The Council is the decision-making body of the Commission and meets on an annual basis. The Rules of Procedure for the Council govern its functions. The Council reviews advice requested from the Scientific Committee, gives advice on hunting methods for marine mammals through the Committee on Hunting Methods, 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 current Chair of Council is Ásta Einarsdottír (Iceland) and the Vice-Chair is Amalie Jessen (Greenland).
Ásta Einarsdottir (I), Chair
Amalie Jessen (G), Vice-Chair
Ole-David Stenseth (N)
Jóannes V. Hansen (F)