Every winter, around this time of year, millions of Atlantic cod make their way to the Norwegian coast to spawn. At Sør-Gjæslingan, an island group outside Rørvik in the municipality of Vikna in Nord-Trøndelag county, the fish once gave birth to a bustling fishing village spread across 30 small islands. “We can trace the activity at Sør-Gjæslingan as far back as to the sixth century. At its peak, it was the most important Norwegian fishing village south of Lofoten, with up to 5,000 people participating in the seasonal fishing.

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