The North Atlantic Marine Mammal Commission


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NAMMCO 17th Council Meeting

The 17th Annual Council Meeting of NAMMCO was held 2-4 September 2008 in Sisimiut, Greenland.


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The main items of discussion and conclusions from the meeting are issued in the press release which is to be found in the Report of the NAMMCO Council in Annual Report 2007-2008.



NAMMCO Committee on Hunting Methods and Committee on Inspection and Observation

The Committee on Hunting Methods met in Copenhagen on the 13th February at the Faroese Representation at the Nordatlantens Brygge. The meeting was followed immediately on the 14th by the Committee on Inspection and Observation. The reports from the meetings were made available to the public after the Council meeting in early September 2008. 

However, topics discussed included the planning for a workshop on "Handling, processing and utilisation of hunted marine mammals", scheduled for late 2009. Other topics discussed included the report of the development and trial use of a new spinal lance in the pilot whale hunt in the Faroe Islands, hunting methods for bowhead whales, and a review of national legislation with respect to hunting of marine mammals. 


NAMMCO 15th Scientific Committee Meeting

917 normal TThe Annual plenary meeting of NAMMCO's Scientific Commitee took place on 11-14 April 2008 in Qeqertarsuaq (Godhavn) on Disko Island.

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The 15th Scientific Committe meeting was held at Copenhagen's University Arctic Research Station in Qeqertarsuaq, Greenland, 11-14 April. The Committee produced a report that was presented to Council at the 17th Annual Council meeting in Sisimiut, Greenland, in early September 2008. The report is available online.


NAMMCO SC Working Group on Abundance Estimate & T-NASS Working Group

The T-NASS and Abundance Estimate working groups met consecutively at the Greenlandic Representation at Nordatlantens Brygge, Copenhagen 7-8 April 2008. Participants included representatives from all NAMMCO countries, and also invited experts from the Russian Federation, Canada, USA and the UK as well as the IWC, who were involved in T-NASS at the planning stage.

The Members of the Working Group and Invited Experts discussed the preliminary analysis of results from last summer's sighting surveys, and prepared reports for consideration of the Scientific Committee which met immediately afterwards in Greenland.