The cod is one of the most commonly known fishes along the coast of Norway. It is easy to recognize from the little hook under its mouth, the white belly and the white pattern on its sides. The colour of the fish is different depending on where it lives and eats. A cod that feeds on algae is more red or green on the skin. But the cod living close to the bottom is lighter in colour. It can grow to up to 2 m and weigh 60 kg.
The Norwegian name “torsk” comes from the old world “turskr” closely related to “turrfiskr” which means Stockfish. The cod has been preserved as stockfish historical for a very long time and been exported to Europe since the ages of the Vikings, (1000 AC).
There are two kinds of cod, one that change geographic location to lay their eggs and one that stays more local through out its live circle. The cod you meet in Saltstraumen is the later one, staying put. The cod has been on several watch-lists over the years and is regarded as threaten species. In the fishing industry the cod is commonly used, and we have seen some not so nice results from this. The last picture is one of these examples. The rest of the pictures are mainly from Ørneset and Oksebåsen.