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The dories

The dories, a kind of boat, are important historical artefacts as they represent a particular period of Portuguese history. The dory is also a symbol of the memory of the cod fishing campaigns of Estado Novo. The dories were small wooden flat-bottomed boats, narrow and fast, and they were used by fishermen to fish cod […]

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The epic of Cod fishing

The cod fishing campaigns of Portuguese sailors from the 1930s until 1974 (the end the Dictatorship), became a legend. Since the 1930s, there were annual cod campaigns in Newfoundland, Labrador and Greenland. The sailing ships set out in the Spring from Lisbon, where the blessing of the vessels took place, only to return home in Autumn. Thousands […]

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Imagining Cod

The future of Trade

NORDIC TALK 3 Stockfish has been traded since the middle ages. Today it has become a widely accessible product throughout different time periods in Europe and beyond. Stockfish is an example of a sustainable good that is regionally valued at its origin and beyond the Nordics where it is mainly consumed. Trade plays an important […]

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The greatest cod fishery in the world

From January to March, every year, it is time for the Lofoten fishery again. It is the greatest cod fishery in the world and forms the basis of human settlement in the Lofotens. Stone Age finds here show that the people harvested the seas using handlines with stone sinkers and hooks made of horn and […]

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The Greek Skrei

Skrei has also been part of Greek cuisine and food culture for centuries, present in many local and regional recipes. It is the main ingredient in soups, served fried or prepared in the oven with tomatoes. Salted codfish has become a Greek national dish called bakaliaros skordalia. Bakaliaros is the Greek name for cod and […]

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The journey of the cod

Lofoten´s be all or end all is inextricably linked to the world´s greatest cod harvest that takes place from January to April. The Vestfjord, between the islands and the mainland, has been called the world´s biggest maternity ward. It is here the Norwegian Arctic cod come to spawn during the winter. Until the age of […]

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The Norwegian longline

The longline is one of the traditional norwegian fishing techniques, which was first used in the 1500s. It is a long line with floats and sinkers to keep it at the right depth for codfishing. On the line there are branch lines, or snoods, attached about three feet, or one meter, apart. The snoods have […]

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The Norwegian Skrei

Atlantic cod is ingrained in Norwegian coastal history, it’s economy and culture, someone says it is cod that made Norway and its identity. The fish grows up in the Barents Sea between Norway and Russia and migrates to the Vestfjord in Lofoten where it spawns between February and April every year. People who live here […]

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The ship-museum Santo André

Santo André was a side trawler of the Portuguese cod fleet, and since 2001 it became an extension of the Maritime Museum of Ílhavo, intending to illustrate this type of fishing method. It was built in 1948 in the Netherlands, and a local ship-owner commissioned it. At the time it was a modern ship with 71,49 […]

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The skrei quality label

The quality label is a guarantee to the buyer that the Skrei meets the high-quality requirements imposed by Norwegian seafood industry. The Skrei quality label is managed and protected by the Norwegian Seafood Council. Any company that labels and sells Skrei under this label is responsible for ensuring that all requirements are met and that […]

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