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.