High North Alliance

The High North Alliance (Norwegian: Hoge North Alliansen ) is an umbrella organization of several local interest groups for the northern European fishing and whaling. The goals of the organization is to make the right of whalers, sealers and fishermen on the use of renewable resources on the basis of a balanced economic equilibrium.

The alliance was founded in 1991 in response to the efforts of environmentalists and scientists for a total ban on commercial whaling. The alliance is organized by a committee of six members. Of this, three from Norway and one each from the Faroe Islands, Greenland and Iceland. Funding is provided through membership fees and donations, including from organizations such as the North Atlantic Marine Mammal Commission, and regional development committees in Norway.

The main activities of the High North Alliance include lobbying the Norwegian government to increase acceptance of whaling and the International Whaling Commission in order to achieve a more moderate use of the whaling. In addition to promoting research into " humane " whaling methods and to answer any actions that are organized by anti-whaling groups such as the Whale and Dolphin Conservation Society and Greenpeace.