Committee on Hunting Methods
Here you will find the documents of past and upcoming meetings of the NAMMCO Committee on Hunting Methods Expert Groups. Some of these documents require a password.
Final reports of each meeting are uploaded in the library.
4-6 November 2015, Copenhagen, Denmark
The meeting reviewed and evaluated whale killing data from Greenland, Iceland, Norway, Japan, Canada and the USA. It also considered information on recent and ongoing research on improvements and technical innovations in hunting methods and gears used in the hunts. Protocols for collection of TTD data for hunts with deck mounted harpoon guns and statistical analyses of TTD in whaling operations were presented. The meeting resulted in both general and hunt specific recommendations. Read the report here.
This was the second expert group meeting to assess large whale killing data. The first held 17 – 18 February 2010 in Copenhagen, Denmark reviewed data from NAMMCO member countries and Japan. Read the report here.
15-17 November 2011, Copenhagen, Denmark
Terms of reference for the Expert Group were to review and assess current hunting and killing methods for small cetaceans, to review and assess information on recent and ongoing research on improvements and technical innovations in hunting methods and gear used for hunting of small cetaceans, to review and assess time to death (TTD) data on the killing of small cetaceans, and to give recommendations with respect to possible improvements. Read the report here.
17-18 February 2010, Copenhagen, Denmark
Terms of reference for the Expert Group were to review and evaluate the whale killing data submitted to NAMMCO by Japan in 2009, as well as data and information on recent and ongoing research on improvements and technical innovations in hunting methods and gears used for the hunting of large whales in NAMMCO countries. The aim was to assess the presented whale killing data and give recommendations with respect to possible improvements. In addition to the data from Japan, Greenland, Iceland and Norway were asked to present data and information from their hunts of large whales. Read the report here.
24-26 February 2009, Copenhagen, Denmark
The expert group assessed different seal hunting methods within their contexts and addressed questions such as the use of specific hunting methods and equipment in particular settings, training requirements for hunters, control and monitoring of hunting methods, and research needs to improve the basis for further assessments. The expert group developed recommendations on best practices based on state of the art in sealing and identified where and how specific improvements could be made. Read the report here.