Atlantic Cod – Each winter, Norwegian cod migrates to spawn along the coast. The cod taking this journey is called Skrei, and this is also the name used commercially to indicate its outstanding quality. The migration contributes to the fish’s distinctive firm, lean and tender flesh, giving it a superior taste and a wonderful flaky texture.
Cod fishing takes place all year around, but peaks from January to April when the cod is spawning. The main area for the cod to spawn is in Lofoten and Vesterålen. It is caught using various methods including bottom trawl, Danish seine, long line, gill net, fish pots and hand line.
Cod is a lean fish and especially rich in:
- Protein that builds and maintains every cell in the body.
- Vitamin D, necessary to balance calcium in the body, which maintains and strengthens the bones.
- Selenium, an important element in an enzyme that fights harmful chemical processes in the body.
- Vitamin B12, which is important for the body to produce new cells, including red blood cells. Vitamin B12 can contribute to preventing anaemia.