29 March 2019: NAMMCO 27 Press Release

The North Atlantic Marine Mammal Commission will hold its 27th annual meeting in Tórshavn, Faroe Islands from 3-4 April to discuss recent research and developments relevant to the conservation and management of whales and seals in the North Atlantic.

The meeting will be attended by representatives from the member governments of the Faroe Islands, Greenland, Iceland, Norway, observers from Denmark, Canada, Japan and Russia, as well as from Nunavut Tunngavik Incorporated (Nunavut) and Makivik Corporation (Quebec) and a number of other international organisations.

Of special interest at this year’s meeting:

  • The NAMMCO Performance Review

During 2018-2019 an international panel of experts nominated by the UN Food and Agriculture Organisation (FAO), Northwest Atlantic Fisheries Organisation (NAFO) and International Whaling Commission (IWC) has assessed the performance of NAMMCO as a regional body providing scientific advice for the management of marine mammals in the North Atlantic. The report with recommendations will be presented to the Council, which will discuss approaches to implementation.

  • The NAMMCO Observation Scheme

The NAMMCO Observation Scheme for monitoring the compliance of hunting activities with existing regulations has gone through a comprehensive internal review to assess its performance. The recommendations of this review will be presented and discussed at the Council meeting.

The agenda, list of participants and documents for the Council meeting can be found here.

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