The session gave an overview of the key challenges in ensuring food security for a growing global population. It addressed the use of wildlife in supporting food security and livelihoods, with a special focus on marine mammals

Moderator: Kate Sanderson, Head of the Representation of the Faroe Islands in London

Food security and blue foods. What are the key challenges facing future food systems to feed the growing human population?
Manuel Barange, FAO

What role do wild animals play in food systems and supporting livelihoods
Shane Mahoney, IUCN’s Sustainable Use and Livelihoods Specialist Group (SULi)

Marine mammals, food or icon?
Joji Morishita, Tokyo University of Marine Science and Technology

Marine mammals. How can they contribute to the UN Sustainable Development Goals?
Arne Bjørge, Norwegian Institute of Marine Research

Q&A with Shane Mahoney and Joji Morishita

Sustainability and climate

The session explored the environmental, social, cultural and economic aspects of ensuring the sustainable use of marine mammals, and how whaling and sealing can contribute to reducing the carbon footprint in food production

Moderator: Jón Þrándur Stefánsson, Ministry of Food, Agriculture and Fisheries, Iceland

The meaning of Kalaalimernit- Greenlandic Foods
Natuk Lund Olsen, Department of Constitution, Government of Greenland

Sustainability implications of food choices in Greenland
Friederike Ziegler, RISE – Research Institutes of Sweden

Utilisation of marine mammal resources in the blue bioeconomy: Reflections on sustainability
Unn Laksá, Sjókovin – Blue Resource, Faroe Islands

Q&A with Friederike Ziegler and Unn Laksá

Nutrition and food safety

The session discussed the nutritional benefits and potential risks of consuming marine mammal products

Moderator: Geneviève Desportes, General Secretary of NAMMCO

Seal fishery and products: Full utilization of harvest for health and nutrition
Fereidoon Shahidi, Department of Biochemistry, Memorial University of Newfoundland

Beneficial health aspect and possible food safety issues of consuming marine mammals
Edel Elvevoll, the Arctic University of Norway

Health aspects and nutritional benefits of marine mammals – the case of pilot whales
Pál Weihe, University of the Faroe Islands

Fatty acids and other healthy nutrients in pilot whale meat and blubber
Hóraldur Joensen, University of the Faroe Islands

Weighing and understanding risks and benefits
Gert Mulvad, Ilisimatusarfik – the University of Greenland

Q&A with Edel Elvevoll, Hóraldur Joensen and Gert Mulvad

From the sea to the plate

The session presented how professional users view marine mammals as a food resource in different corners of the world

Moderator: Ole Ørum, Master Vision Aps

Canadian Seal Meat Marketing Campaign: Good for You. Good for the Environment
Romy Vaugeois, Canadian Seals & Sealing Network

How a quality standard made people start buying whale meat?
Øyvind Haram, Norwegian Seafood Federation

Ensuring the future of whale meat as a community food resource in Taiji, Japan
Masaki Wada, Taiji Town Office

Local Foods and Local Education
Jacob Zederkof, Greenland Food College

Food for the future

The session addressed perspectives for the future development of marine mammals as a sustainable food source

Moderator: Sunniva Gudmundsdóttir Mortensen, Matkovin, Faroe Islands

Intangible Cultural Heritage: a new tool for sustainability? (Estonia, France, Canada)
Anatole Danto, Paris 1 Panthéon-Sorbonne University

What can ancient communal hunting practices teach us about sustainability? The case of the Faroese grindadráp
Elisabeth Skarðhamar Olsen, University of the Faroe Islands

Japan’s community-based whaling:  small-type coastal whaling, drive fishery, and measures against obstructive activities by anti-whaling organizations
Yoshifumi Kai, Japan Small-Type Whaling Association

Q&A with Arne Bjørge, Anatole Danto, Elisabeth Skarðhamar Olsen and Yoshifumi Kai

Representatives of the younger generation from East Greenland, the Faroe Islands and Norway shared their views on marine mammal hunting

Is marine mammal hunting compatible with youth visions for the future
Therese Hugstmyr Woie, former Head of Nature and Youth Norway

Perspectives on the Pilot whale hunt in the Faroe Islands
Hallgerð Akurstein, whaler from the Faroe Islands

The importance of self-sufficiency and Marine Mammals in Ittoqqortoormiit
Åge Hammeken, hunter from East Greenland

Minke whaling in Norway
Bjarne Pettersen, whaler from Norway

Q&A with Hallgerð Akurstein, Åge Hammeken and Bjarne Pettersen

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