Lofoten winter (2) – cod fishing season

Some more shots from Lofoten last month…. Winter is cod fishing season on the Lofoten islands, around which much of life on the islands revolves. After being unloaded from the boats, the fish is gutted and beheaded, sorted by weight, and either hung to dry on huge racks in the cold winter air (stockfish) or split open and salted before drying (klipfish), or sold fresh.
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Unloading cod from a fishing boat in the village of Hamnoy
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Unloading cod from a fishing boat
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Gutting and beheading cod
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Sorting the fish by weight
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Cutting out cod tongues (a local delicacy), a job usually undertaken by kids for some extra pocket money
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Cod heads…
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…and guts…
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Cod (stockfish) hanging to dry in the village of A, near the Stockfish Museum
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Cod (stockfish) hanging to dry (these ones are still fairly fresh)
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Cod (stockfish) hanging to dry
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Lone house and fishing boat
All images © Rudolf Abraham. No unauthorized use.

18 thoughts on “Lofoten winter (2) – cod fishing season”

  1. Rudolf, Liked “Cod Heads”, “Unloading” and “Lone house and fishing boat”. Must try a harbour fish market armed with the inspiration from your shots. People doing things. Difficult, but great when it works. Dave H

    1. Thanks Dave, just mind the spray of water/fish blood – especially from cod, quite hard to get the smell out of your clothes! Luckily I was told never to stand under the hanging/drying cod without checking if they were still dripping, before I tried ;~)

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