Bodø 2024 also highlights the otolith

22 January 2024

The ear stone of the cod – The otolith – tells the life story of the individual fish. The otolith tells us how old the cod is, how well it has eaten, how fast it has grown and what kind of environment it has lived in. The otolith can be read as the annual rings of a tree. Now the otolith will also be part of the story of Bodø 2024 European Capital of Culture.

When Bodø 2024 opens with a grand event on a floating stage in the harbour basin on Saturday 3 November. February, it will be on a stage inspired by otoliths. And with a dialogue where actors Schulte Strid and Reidar Sørensen talk about the cod’s ear stone, about etched memories of what has been and of the year to come and what kind of memories it will create.

-We think it’s great that the otolith gets a central role, and will be an important part of the story when Bodø 2024 opens. And that it is not just any otolith, but precisely the otolith of the cod. We at Museum Nord have been very interested in otoliths for many years now. The otolith is the name of the main building in our new major initiative, SKREI. The public can look forward to learning more about both the cod’s ear stone, “the voyer of cod” and the importance of cod in the development of our country, when we open our new museum SKREI in 2026, says Geir Are Johansen, director of Museum Nord.

Read more about SKREI


SKREI will be a centre for knowledge and experiences related to the Lofoten fishery and Norway’s most important fish. SKREI extends beyond the confines of a traditional museum.

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