Arctic sealing: threat or blue prospect?

Organized by: North Atlantic Marine Mammal Commission, World Wide Fund for Nature, Arctic Programme, Inuit Circumpolar Council, Nunavut Tunngavik Inc. NAMMCO and WWF, ICC and NTI 5. September 2017

Can (some) populations of Arctic seals qualify as blue resources contributing to food security? Do they represent a sustainable resource with a low ecological cost that meets the dietary needs and food preferences of Arctic communities? Is sealing responsibly managed? Do bans on seal products protect Arctic seals?

Saturday, October 14, 17:30 - 19:00 
Location: Þjóðmenningarhúsið, Hverfisgata 15

The Inuit Circumpolar Council, the North Atlantic Marine Mammal Commission, Nunavut Tunngavik Inc. and WWF Arctic Programme will explore these issues with the public. As an introduction to the discussion, short presentations will attempt to answer the following questions:

  • What do seals and sealing represent for Arctic communities?
  • Is the sustainable management of Arctic seals possible, and what is the ecological footprint of sealing?
  • What are the threats to the sustainability of Arctic seal stocks?
  • Can traditional knowledge work with science-based management to ensure the sustainability of stocks

The panel will consist of speakers, EU representatives and politicians from Arctic communities.


  • Genevieve Desportes, General Secretary, North Atlantic Marine Mammal Commission: Is Arctic sealing responsible in an ecosystem perspective?
  • Gabriel Nirlungayuk Director of Inuit Programs and Services Division, Nunavut Tunngavik Inc: Importance of sealing for Arctic communities
  • David Lee, Department of Wildlife and Environment, Nunavut Tunngavik Inc.: Expectations of the Nunavut Agreement in Sustaining Wildlife Populations.
  • Gert Polet, Head of Forests & Wildlife Unit, WWF: Perception and reality: threats to ice seals in a changing Arctic.


  • Adamie Alaku, Vice President-Resource Development, Makivik Corporation, Quebec, Canada
  • Aaja Chemnitz Larsen, Member of the Danish Parliament, Greenland
  • Alethea Arnaquq-Baril, Producer of Angry Inuk, Canada
  • Dwayne Ryan Menezes, Director, Polar Research and Policy Initiative (PRPI); UK
  • Eggert Jóhannsson, Furrier, Iceland
  • Geir Oddsson, Senior Adviser, Nordic Council of Ministers


Martin Breum, Danish Journalist and author