World Cod Fishing Championships 2015

VM Skreifiske 2015Long tradition: World Cod Fishing Championships in Svolvær has been arranged since 1991. (Screenshot by NRK)

This weekend, it is time for the annual World Cod Fishing Championships in the Lofoten archipelago in Northern Norway.

The return of the spawning cod (Norwegian: Skrei) to Norwegian waters has become a huge celebration, particularly in the city of Svolvær that receives more than 5,000 visitors.

Six hundred participants from a dozen nations have signed up for the contest to catch the largest and biggest volume of fish. With some luck, the anglers will become world champions.

During last year’s World Cup, the organizer had to halve the fishing period because of huge catch in the Vestfjord. In two days, over 100,000 kilos (approx. 220.000 pounds) of cod were caught under “perfect conditions”.

According to the organizer, the biggest challenge is to get the fish gutted. Some is sold on the dock while the rest is transported to landing plants and restaurants.

Follow the World Championships 2015 LIVE on NRK (Norwegian Broadcasting Corporation)


Text by: Anette Broteng Christiansen, ThorNews

Categories: Nature, Northern Norway, Travel

2 replies

  1. I went to a swordfish fishing competition in Mexico that was so amazing. I am sure this was AMAZING! bucket list worthy.

  2. I entered my self in this competition for the last two years – amazing trip.. Fishing and social is brilliant.. highly recommend..

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