Fishing is a critical part of the Greenland economy as well as its biggest export item, making up 93% of all export items, according to 2011 data from Statistics Greenland. The most important species are Atlantic cod (called torsk in Danish), as well as halibut, mackerel, crab and prawn. Across Greenland and Canada, Inuit are trying to play a greater role in economic policy, but specifically within economic development as well. The fishing industry is a big part of this and the new funding received by the ‘Qikiqtani Inuit Association’ may be an example of how local associations may help guide economic development on the ground. Read more on