Inspecting and Observing

Responsible management of wild resources implies sustainable catches and the best possible hunting methods. It also entails developing and enforcing rules describing how to utilise the resource, and creating reliable mechanisms for monitoring and controlling what actually takes place.

NAMMCO member countries have established clear regulations on which stocks can be hunted and at what level, at what time of year and by which methods. All member countries have national inspection systems in place. In addition, NAMMCO under the Joint NAMMCO Control Scheme for the Hunting of Marine Mammals sends observers out during the season to oversee both whether the hunt is following national regulations and the national inspection activities.

An informed and realistic image of how the hunting of marine mammals is carried out can only be conveyed trough transparency and openness and this is a prerequisite in NAMMCO.

To read more see Committee on Inspection and Observation.

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