This page contains the reports from the Expert Group Meetings that has been organised by the Committee on Hunting Methods.
The Expert Group Meeting on Assessing Time to Death data from the large whale hunts was held 4 - 6 November 2015 in Copenhagen, Denmark. The meeting was the second expert group meeting to assess large whale killing data. The first assessment meeting was held in 2010 and data from NAMMCO member countries and Japan were reviewed.
Data from Greenland, Iceland, Norway, Japan, Canada and the USA were presented and assessed at this second meeting.
The Expert Group on Assessment of Hunting Methods for Small Cetaceans met 15-17 November 2011 in Copenhagen, Denmark.
Terms of reference for the Expert Group were to review and assess current hunting and killing methods for small cetaceans, to review and assess information on recent and ongoing research on improvements and technical innovations in hunting methods and gear used for hunting of small cetaceans, to review and assess time to death (TTD) data on the killing of small cetaceans, and to give recommendations with respect to possible improvements.
In setting up the Expert Group, the Committee on Hunting Methods identified a small group of qualified scientists and other persons with extended experience and knowledge of marine mammal hunting in general and in particular small cetaceans/or marine mammal specific biology, physiology, anatomy, pathology and statistics. All members of the Expert Group were invited in a personal capacity as experts in fields related to the issue of killing mammals. Also members of the Committee on Hunting Methods participated in the Expert Group. The Expert Group met under the chairmanship of Egil Ole Øen on 15 – 17 November 2011 in Copenhagen, Denmark.
The Expert Group was presented with data on hunting methods and killing of small cetaceans from Canada, Greenland, the Faroe Islands and Japan. The participating regions had been presented with a suggestion of what kind of data would be of interest for the Expert Group to assess prior to the meeting.
The Expert Group Meeting on Assessment of Large Whale Killing Data was held 17 - 18 February 2010 in Copenhagen, Denmark. The aim was to review and evaluate whale killing data for large whales from NAMMCO member countries and Japan. The meeting also reviewed information on research on improvements and technical innovations in hunting methods and gears.
The Committee on Hunting Methods organised an expert group meeting on the best practices in the hunting and killing of seals 24 - 26 February 2009 in Copenhagen, Denmark.
The expert group critically assessed different seal hunting methods within their contexts and addressed questions like; the use of specific hunting methods and equipment in particular settings; training requirements for hunters; control and monitoring of hunting methods and research needs to improve the basis for further assessment
The expert group developed recommendations on best practices based on state of the art in sealing and identified where and how specific improvements could be made.