NAMMCO advises governments

on the conservation status, sustainable removals and responsible hunting methods of marine mammals

How we work

NAMMCO looks at the marine ecosystem as a whole, and provides advice based on science, local knowledge and technological developments

Why our work is important

Assessing hunting methods and the impacts of human activities are crucial for optimising animal welfare in the hunt and ensuring sustainability of populations

7 of 7
Hunted seal species in the NAMMCO area
12 of 16+
Hunted cetacean species in the NAMMCO area
114 of 195
Countries consuming marine mammals*
54 of 195
Countries where marine mammal consumption provides economic benefits*
*Robards, M.D. & Reeves, R.R. (2011). The global extent and character of marine mammal consumption by humans: 1970-2009. Biological Conservation 144, pp. 2770-2786

Marine mammals are resources

Marine mammal hunting dates back at least 9 000 years. In some areas, the hunting still provides food and materials, and upholds links to the past

How humans affect marine mammals

What NAMMCO does

Who we are

Four peoples depending on the sea

and conserving it

We cooperate scientifically with

Canada Greenland Joint Commission for Narwhal and Beluga

Association of Traditional Marine Mammal Hunters of Chukotka (ATMMHC)

Hunted seals

Countries consuming marine mammals

Hunted cetacean species in NAMMCO area

Countries consuming marine mammals

Countries consuming marine mammals

  • Benefits
  • No benefits

Countries where marine mammals consumption provides economic benefits

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