16.01.2007 · The Government

NAMMCO seeks scientific secretary

Vacancy Announcement: The North Atlantic Marine Mammal Commission (NAMMCO) is seeking for a Scientific Secretary at its Secretariat based in Tromsø, Norway.

The North Atlantic Marine Mammal Commission (NAMMCO) is currently inviting applications for the position of Scientific Secretary at the NAMMCO Secretariat, which is based at the Polar Environment Centre in Tromsø, Norway.


The position is for an initial four-year period and is being advertised internationally. The deadline for applications is 1 February 2007. The full vacancy announcement is available hereThe Faroes, together with Greenland, Iceland and Norway are founding members of NAMMCO, which was established by the Agreement on Cooperation in Research, Conservation and Management of Marine Mammals in the North Atlantic, signed in Nuuk in April 1992. Canada, Denmark, Japan and the Russian Federation also participate in NAMMCO as observers.


As an international management body for marine mammals in the North Atlantic, NAMMCO provides its members with a forum for cooperation on management and research on all stock of whales and seals in the region, including pilot whales utilised in the Faroes. In addition to the Scientific Committee and Management Committees, cooperation through NAMMCO also includes a technical forum to assess developments in hunting methods, as well as a joint International Observer Scheme to provide for regular independent monitoring of whaling and sealing activities in NAMMCO member countries.


In 2007 the Scientific Committee of NAMMCO is coordinating a Trans-Atlantic Sightings Survey of Cetaceans (T-NASS) which will provide valuable updated information on the abundance and distribution of whale stocks and species across the North Atlantic


The Faroes have the chair of the NAMMCO Council for 2006-2008. The chairwoman is Kate Sanderson, Ministry of Fisheries and Maritime Affairs (kate@fisk.fo).


For more information on NAMMCO, see www.nammco.no.