Sustainable Marine Resources: a Piece of the Blue Economy Puzzle in the Arctic?

Organized by the North Atlantic Marine Mammal Commission, NAMMCO 30. September 2016

Saturday, October 8, 17:15-18:45

Location: Norðurljós, Harpa Second Level

The session will attempt to bring out the main facts regarding the biology, management and international commitments regarding marine mammal resources in the North. A special focus will be on the economic and cultural importance of these resources. 

The international commitments permitting and ensuring the sustainable and responsible use of marine resources will be reviewed as well as the advances in management and monitoring methodologies which permit the science-based approach to replace decades of overexploitation by sustainable exploitation. The Greenlandic example will illustrate the societal and economical price to coastal communities of not being able to exploit marine resources at hands. The session will open to the question of whether we are not at the time when the sustainable use of marine mammals is possible and one piece of the Blue Economy puzzle, thus accommodating the cultural and economic needs of the people in the North with our all willingness of preserving and restoring the marine ecosystem.

Speakers and panelists:

  • Ásta Einarsdóttir, Chair of NAMMCO, Senior Legal Expert; Ministry of Industries and Innovation, Iceland: Introduction to NAMMCO
  • Grímur Valdimarsson, Senior Advisor, Ministry of Industries and Innovation, Iceland: The Use of Living Marine Resources: The Rules of the Game
  • Jóhann Sigurjónsson, Special Envoy on Ocean Affairs, Ministry for Foreign Affairs, Iceland: Science-based Use of Living Marine Resources.
  • Ditte H. Sorknæs, Chief Executive Officer, Great Greenland: The Economical and Societal Consequences of Trade Barriers on Inuit Communities.
  • Amalie Jessen, Head of Department, Greenlandic Ministry of Fisheries, Hunting and Agriculture 
  • Jóannes V. Hansen, Head of Section, Foreign Service, Faroese Ministry of Foreign Affairs and Trade


  • Martin Breum, Journalist and author

Roundtable discussion.