NAMMCO 25th Scientific Committee

The NAMMCO Scientific Committee (SC) will be convening its 25th meeting between 13-16 November 2018 on M/S Polarlys, from Bergen to Tromsø along the Norwegian coast.

The meeting is open only to members of the SC, and invited observers and participants.


Meeting Documents:

01a – Draft Agenda (revised 071118)

01b – Draft ANNOTATED Agenda (revised 071118)

02 – Draft List of Participants

03 – Draft List of Documents (revised 141118)

04 – 31 – Working Documents (only available to participants)


For Information Documents

FI01 – Report of NAMMCO SC 23

FI02 – Report of NAMMCO SC 24

FI03 – NAMMCO Annual Report 2016

FI04 – NAMMCO Annual Report 2017  (giving access to link for all 2017 reports)

FI05 – Report of ICES WGBYC 2018

FI06 – Report of ICES WGMME 2018

FI07 – Higdon and Stewart, 2018. State of circumpolar walrus (Odobenus rosmarus) populations. Prepared by Higdon Wildlife Consulting and Arctic Biological Consultants, Winnipeg, MB for WWF Arctic Programme, Ottawa, ON. 100 pp.

FI08 – Rogan et al., 2017. Distribution, abundance and habitat use of deep diving cetaceans in the North-East Atlantic. Deep–Sea Research Part II (2017)

FI09 – FAO, 2018: Report of the Expert Workshop on Means and Methods for Reducing Marine Mammal Mortality in Fishing and Aquaculture Operations, Rome, 20-23 March 2018. FAO Fisheries and Aquaculture Report No.1231. Rome, Italy.116pp.

FI10 – Murphy  et al., 2018. Organochlorine Contaminants and Reproductive Implication in Cetaceans: A Case Study of the Common Dolphin. Pp. 3-38. In Fossi and Panti (eds). 2018. Marine Mammal Ecotoxicology. 1st Edition. Impacts of Multiple Stressors on Population Health – Section I. Legacy and Emerging Contaminants. pp.512.

FI11 – NAMMCO. 2018. Report of the NAMMCO Global Review of Monodontids. 13-16 March 2017, Hillerød, Denmark – Final version

FI12 – NAMMCO. 2018. Age estimation of marine mammals with a focus on monodontids. NAMMCO Scientific Publications 10. Available at

FI13 – Booth et al., 2017. Using the Interim PCoD framework to assess the potential impacts of offshore wind developments in Eastern English Waters on harbour porpoises in the North Sea. Natural England Joint Report, Number 024.York

FI14 – Biuw et al., 2018. Report from surveys to assess harp and hooded seal pup production in the Greenland Sea pack-ice in 2018. Toktrapport / Havforskningsinstituttet / ISSN 15036294/ Nr. 7–2018

FI15 – Hammond et al.,  2017. Estimates of cetacean abundance in European Atlantic waters in summer 2016 from the SCANS-III aerial and shipboard surveys.

FI16 – Report of the “Cetacean abundance and distribution in the North Atlantic” workshop

FI17 – AMAP, 2018. AMAP Assessment 2018: Biological Effects of Contaminants on Arctic Wildlife and Fish. Arctic Monitoring and Assessment Programme (AMAP), Oslo, Norway. vii+84pp

FI18 – Everett, A., Kohler, J., Sundfjord, A., Kovacs, K.M., Torsvik, T., Pramanik, A., Boehme, L. and Lydersen, C., 2018. Subglacial discharge plume behaviour revealed by CTD-instrumented ringed seals. Scientific reports8(1), p.13467.

FI19 – Scotter, S.E., Tryland, M., Nymo, I.H., Hanssen, L., Harju, M., Lydersen, C., Kovacs, K.M., Klein, J., Fisk, A.T. and Routti, H., 2018. Contaminants in Atlantic walruses in Svalbard part 1: Relationships between exposure, diet and pathogen prevalence. Environmental Pollution.

FI20 – Storrie, L., Lydersen, C., Andersen, M., Wynn, R.B. and Kovacs, K.M., 2018. Determining the species assemblage and habitat use of cetaceans in the Svalbard Archipelago, based on observations from 2002 to 2014. Polar Research37(1), p.1463065.

FI21 – Stafford, K.M., Lydersen, C., Wiig, Ø. and Kovacs, K.M., 2018. Extreme diversity in the songs of Spitsbergen’s bowhead whales. Biology letters14(4), p.20180056.

FI22 – Øren, K., Kovacs, K.M., Yoccoz, N.G. and Lydersen, C., 2018. Assessing site-use and sources of disturbance at walrus haul-outs using monitoring cameras. Polar Biology, pp.1-14.

FI23 – Cameron, M.F., Bengtson, J.L., Boveng, P.L., Jansen, J.K., Kelly, B.P., Dahle, S.P., Logerwell, E.A., Overland, J.E., Sabine, C.L., Waring, G.T. and Wilder, J.M., 2010. Status Review of the Bearded Seal(Erignathus barbatus).

FI24 – Kelly, B.P., Bengtson, J.L., Boveng, P.L., Cameron, M.F., Dahle, S.P., Jansen, J.K., Logerwell, E.A., Overland, J.E., Sabine, C.L., Waring, G.T. and Wilder, J.M., 2010. Status Review of the Ringed Seal(Phoca hispida).

FI25 – Update on Research Activities, Nunavik Research Centre, Makivik BOD, October 2018

FI26 – Vacquié Garcia et al, 2018. Habitats and movement patterns of white whales Delphinapterus leucas in Svalbard, Norway in a changing climate

FI27 – Silva, 2014. Sei Whale (Balaenoptera borealis) Ecology and Management in the North Atlantic. (Thesis).

FI28 – Huijser et al., 2018. Population Structure of North Atlantic and North Pacific Sei Whales (Balaenoptera borealis) Inferred from Mitochondrial Control Region DNA Sequences and Microsatellite Genotypes. 

FI29 – Desforges et al., 2018. Predicting global killer whale population collapse from PCB pollution.

FI30 – Bourque et al., 2018. Feeding habits of a new Arctic predator: insight from full-depth blubber fatty acid signatures of Greenland, Faroe Islands, Denmark and managed-care killer whales Orcinus orca


National Progress Reports:

Faroe Islands 2017

Greenland 2017

Iceland 2017

Norway 2017

Canada 2017

Japan (a) 2016/2017 – Small Cetaceans

Japan (b) 2017/2018 – Large Cetaceans

Russia 2017

Makivik 2017

Nunavut 2017

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