The North Atlantic Marine Mammal Commission


Upcoming events:



NAMMCO Large Whale Assessment Working Group

The NAMMCO Large Whale Assessment Working Group will meet 25-27 January 2017 under the chairmanship of Pr. Lars Walloe (Norway) to 1) give updated management advice for common minke whales and fin whales in Iceland and 2) give management advice for humpback whales in Greenland. This meeting is only open to national participants and invited experts.

The agenda and the participant list can be accessed here.

NAMMCO Committee on Hunting Methods

The NAMMCO Committee on Hunting Methods will hold a telephone meeting on 21 February. On the agenda will be updates on hunting methods and regulations in member countries and to continue the ongoing discussion on reasons for struck and lost animals. 

NAMMCO/JCNB Joint Scientific Working Group

The NAMMCO/JCNB (Joint Commission on Narwhal and Beluga) Joint Scientific Working Group on Narwhal and Beluga will meet 8-11 March 2017, to update the assessments for the shared narwhal and beluga stocks between Canada and Greenland. This meeting is open only to national participants and invited experts.

NAMMCO Finance and Administration Committee (FAC)

The FAC will meet on 9 and 10 March 2017 at the Greenland Representation in Copenhagen under the chairmanship of Joánnes V. Hansen from the Faroe Islands.

Global Review of Monodontids

NAMMCO is organizing a Global Review of Monodontids. This meeting will be held just after the NAMMCO/JCNB Joint Scientific Working Group, on 13-16 March 2017. The main goals of this meeting will be to 1) share current scientific knowledge on the status of each stock, 2) identify the main gaps in knowledge, 3) identify key threats to each stock, and 4) outline possible areas of scientific cooperation. This meeting is currently open only to invited participants.

Meeting of NAMMCO Management Committees

The NAMMCO Management Committee for Cetaceans (MCC) and Management Committee for Seals and Walruses (MCSW) will held their annual meeting on April 4, 2017, Hotel Hans Egede, Nuuk Greenland, under the chairmanship of Ulla Svarrer Wang (Faroes) and Gudni M. Eiríksson (Iceland) respectively. These meetings will be preceded by a Joint Meeting of the committees, chaired by Gudni M. Eiríksson (Iceland).

The agendas for the three meetings will shortly be available.


Like NAMMCO's inaugural meeting, the 25th meeting of the Council of NAMMCO - NAMMCO 25 - will be hosted by Greenland and held in Nuuk. It will take place on April 5 - 6, 2017, at Hotel Hans Egede under the Chairmanship of Ásta Einarsdóttir (Iceland).

Meeting documents - accessible below: 

Draft Agenda

List of Documents

Preliminary Participant List


The Management Committees on Cetaceans (MCC) and on Seals and Walruses (MCSW) will meet on 4 April, also in Nuuk, Greenland. In addition to the two meetings there will be one joint session (MCJ) of the two committees. 

Meeting documents - accessible below: 


Draft Agenda MCC

Draft Agenda MCSW

Daft Agenda MCJ

List of Documents