Who we are

Four peoples depending on the sea

and conserving it

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Marine mammals are resources

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

Read more about this multi-faceted resource

Upcoming event

Marine Mammals – a Sustainable Food Resource

NAMMCO Conference and Gastronomic  Showcase

5 & 6 October 2022

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What we do

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

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How we work

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

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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

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Marine Mammals in the North Atlantic

Seven pinniped species, six baleen whale species, and ten toothed whale species
are permanent residents in the
NAMMCO management area.

Read more about these species

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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

NAMMCO supports the

UN Sustainable Development Goals 

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Hunted seals

Countries consuming marine mammals

Hunted cetacean species in NAMMCO area

Countries consuming marine mammals

Countries consuming marine mammals

Countries where marine mammals consumption provides economic benefits

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