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Workshop Reports

The Committee on Hunting Methods has organised several workshops on issues related to hunting of marine mammals. The first convened in Nuuk, Greenland in 1999, the second in Sandefjord, Norway in 2001, the third in Copenhagen, Denmark in 2004 and the fourth in Copenhagen, Denmark in 2006. This page contains the reports from the workshops. 

 

Workshop on Struck and Lost 2006

The Workshop addressing problems of struck and lost in seal, walrus and whale hunting was held 14 - 16 November 2006 in Copenhagen, Denmark.  

The overall goal of the Workshop was to improve catch relative to effort, to reduce animal suffering and improve public image, and to formulate recommendations on methods, techniques and equipment to reduce struck and loss that are applicable at the local level. 

Dr Egil Ole Øen from the Norwegian School of Veterinary Science, Section of Arctic Veterinary Medicine, Norway chaired the Workshop, and Mr Glenn Williams, Wildlife Advisor to the Wildlife Department of the Nunavut Tunngavik Incorporated (NTI), Canada served as co-chair. 

Workshop on Hunting Methods for Seals and Walrus 2004

The Workshop on Hunting Methods for Seals and Walrus was held 7 - 9 September 2004 in Copenhagen, Denmark. 

The aim of the workshop was to ensure a safe and efficient hunt based on hunters’ knowledge, science and the best available technology. The workshop formulated recommendations on best practice, minimum requirements, enhancements and technical innovations for weapons and ammunition. 

Dr Egil Ole Øen from the Norwegian School of Veterinary Science, Section of Arctic Veterinary Medicine, Norway chaired the Workshop, and Mr Glenn Williams, Wildlife Advisor to the Wildlife Department of the Nunavut Tunngavik Incorporated (NTI), Canada served as co-chair. 

Workshop on Marine Mammals Weapons Ammunition and Ballistics 2001

The Workshop on Marine Mammals, Weapons, Ammunition and Ballisitcs was held 12 - 15 November 2001 in Sandefjord, Norway. 

The terms of reference for the Workshop was to increase the understanding of weapon types, ammunition and ballistics and to formulate recommendations for weapons and ammunition for the different species.  The Workshop addressed topics such as:

  • weapon types and ammunition in combination with terminal ballistics
  • the impact of weapon types and ammunition on different marine mammals species
  • safety for the hunters with respect to weapons use. 

The workshop was aimed at hunters, administrative personnel and scientists, and was held in the Nordic languages, with simultaneous interpretations to English and Greenlandic, courtesy of the Canadian Embassy in Oslo and the Greenland Home Rule respectively.

Professor emeritus Knud Nielsen (Denmark) chaired the Workshop. 

Workshop on Hunting Methods 1999

The workshop on Hunting Methods was held from 9 - 11 February 1999 in Nuuk, Greenland.

The Workshop reviewed and evaluated existing hunting methods in NAMMCO member countries including technical developments with respect to equipment and methods. It also examined possibilities for technical innovation and further enhancement of efficiency and safety of hunting methods, and provided recommendations for improvements, where relevant. 

Professor Knud Nielsen (Denmark) chaired the Workshop.