The world's major airlines have refused to transport whale products, but Norwegian whalers remain unconcerned, and undeterred in their pursuit of whale meat profits. Despite a global moratorium on commercial whale hunting and the sale of whale meat products, the Norwegian government dropped its ban on whale meat exports in January. Whalers and fishermen under the umbrella of the Høge Nord Alliansen are now waiting for export licences to be issued by the Department of Fisheries.