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SKREI Convention Festival

Museum Nord hosted a vibrant weekend festival celebrating Arctic Cod culture on the 12+13 October. This was followed by a conference on historic trade routes with a specific focus on European values past and present, on marine sustainability and food security, bringing together academics, artists, cultural professionals, tourism agencies, politicians and anyone interested, on the […]

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Fishing

Stephen Wickler: The Centrality of Small Islands in Arctic Norway From the Viking Age to Recent Historic Period. 2016

PAPER ABSTRACT The definition of island marginality in northern Norway was radically altered by the advent of motorized fishing vessels in the early twentieth century. Prior to this development, small offshore islands were of central importance for marine related activity due to their proximity to fishing grounds. This article presents four settlements on small and […]

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Processing

Tagliapietra and the art of selling the baccalà

For over 60 years, Tagliapietra Srl has imported and sold baccalà in the Veneto region and all Italy. Watch the video portrait of Daniele Tagliapietra, the current CEO, while he is telling the story of the company along with the products they make in response to the current markets needs. The video portrait has been […]

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Fishing

The bank trawl-line cod fishery

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The Body of Salt

The Body of Salt was a performance conceived by Alessio Trevisani for the Rialto Fish Market, in Venice, which took place in September 2019. It aimed to re-imagine the historic trade routes of dried and salted codfish from the North of Norway to Venice. The water, the salt, the body (considered as an animal, human and divine) and the […]

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The Codfish Harbour in Ílhavo

In the current Long-Distance Fishing Port or Codfish Harbour (as it is called by many), located in Gafanha da Nazaré, Ílhavo, there are shipowners’ companies with their respective vessels and warehouses, processing industries and a specialized fish unloading terminal. The history associated with the place, the social and economic impact at regional and national level […]

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Fishing

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 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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Fishing

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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Fishing

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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