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Explore the Arctic Cod through the lens of history, culture and gastronomy. Discover here routes and locations which developed around the fishing, the eating and the processing of Arctic Cod. Dive into our archive simply typing a word or choosing among our categories.

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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

Arctic cod is ingrained in Norwegian coastal history, its economy and culture. 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 have fished this natural resource for over 10 000 years, and […]

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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 Squires

Squires owned most fishing villages in Lofoten. A squire was a landowner, he had fisherman’s cottages for rent, and he controlled the right to participate in the fishery. In Storvågan we find one of Lofoten’s oldest squires from 1815. In a period for almost a century here was a traditional fishing village with a lot […]

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The Zoratto mill

Cod hand-beaten following the ancient method: the secret of the Zoratto family by Alessandro Marzo Magno Abstract from the article published in “Il Gazzettino”, 19 December 2019 Christian Zoratto is the owner of a 600-year-old water mill, the only one left to use the mallet to beat the Baccalà (or, as well-known for the rest […]

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