Sørfold is one of the communities in Norway where most farmers has put down their work, and started doing something else. Since 2003, more than 58% of the farmers here have been doing something else than farming. But Terje Nystabakk keeps on going. Many of his fields are in steep hills, so he cuts the grass with a scythe.
These days, a fantastic season of cod fishing takes place in the waters outside Lofoten and Vesterålen in northern Norway. Among the locals, it’s called “Lofotfisket”, or the Lofoten fishery, and it happens every year when large amounts of cod swims from the northern atlantic ocean to their spawning areas in the waters surrounding Lofoten and Vesterålen. This is considered to be the worlds largest seasonal fishery in the world, and it’s been of significant importance to people in northern Norway since the viking age.
As large-scale industrial trawlers take an increasing amount of the fish to foreign countries, the number of fishermen has dwindled, but the amount of cod caught gets bigger. But even in the age of industrial capitalism, some fishermen still do their work in an old-fashioned manner. Kyrre Brun is one of them, as he is a lone fisher on his boat. NRK Nordland portrayed the everyday work of a fisherman in a 3.5 hour long broadcast on sunday, in the classic slow-TV style. You can watch the entire broadcast here: Cod fisher minute-by-minute.
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