SKREI Research Center

SKREI Research Center (SRC) is a three-year project to create an infrastructure that coordinates international, interdisciplinary research and knowledge about topics related to the Arctic cod. 

As part of Museum Nord’s activities related to the SKREI development, this new model for museum research will benefit both the public and interested actors, such as universities, the national museum networks, cultural organisations, tourism industries, fisheries, artists and politicians. 

SKREI Research Center gives Museum Nord impulses for new research to update and promote dissemination strategies. It will strengthen Museum Nord’s research competence and create an exemplary research centre for museums (best practice?) that connects different fields and types of knowledge. 

Background

From 2017-2020, Museum Nord led the SKREI Convention project. Funded by Creative Europe, this project tested the idea of an interdisciplinary, team-based, research-based learning arena that connected artists, researchers, fisheries and food industries as well as the public. The project did this in three regions in the Ílhavo region in Portugal, Veneto in Italy and Lofoten/Vesterålen in Norway.

The results included an international seminar, a publication for stakeholders, a knowledge archive and several artist residencies. Activities created a growing network of people who wanted to follow and support this work (Friends of SKREI). 

The SKREI Convention was a preliminary project for SRC to test interdisciplinary methods and working methods.

Webinars with Skrei research center

Skrei Research Center will form a broad network of researchers, industry actors, museum institutions, public and private individuals associated with cod, fisheries, and coastal culture. In this process, we have started with a series of webinars with selected experts in areas that include knowledge towards the learning objectives set for the exhibition in SKREI.

Webinar 1: Svein Sundby

SKREI Research Center invites you to a webinar with Svein Sundby. Sundby has been a researcher at the Institute of Marine Research since 1975, and gave us a deeper insight into our unique ecosystem in terms of algae blooming, ocean currents, temperature and climate. Furthermore, we were included in the delicate process of egg production, how spawning takes place, and how the fry behave in the water masses. Important factors that make Lofoten and Vesterålen suitable spawning grounds were presented, and a chronological account of important people in marine research since its humble beginnings in the mid-1800s.

Webinar 2: Rebekah Oomen

SKREI Research Center invites you to a webinar with Rebekah Oomen. Oomen is an evolutionary ecological researcher who specializes in how organisms adapt to environmental changes, she has researched the genetic material of cod and partly skrei. The genetic material provided surprising information about the migration needs of cod in relation to coastal cod, where a “supergene” has been examined as the main reason for this behaviour. Rebekah gives us an insight into the cod as a social being, how it has personality, what traits it is in the males that attract the females and what exciting sounds the cod produces and registers. The work on the acoustic has led to a tour called “Cod Drumming”.

Webinar 3: Guri Hjallen Eriksen

SKREI Research Center invites you to a webinar with Guri Hjallen Eriksen. Eriksen has a solid background in fisheries and aquaculture management, and she is deeply engaged in the industry’s challenges and history. Local Lofoting works in SALT where she has worked on an industrial Ph.D. on Norwegian fisheries regulation in collaboration with the Faculty of Law at the University of Oslo. Guri has investigated the extent to which environmental sustainability, social considerations and the legal protection of actors are safeguarded in fisheries regulation.

Webinar 4: Bjarte Bogstad

SKREI Reserach Center invites you to a webinar with Bjarte Bogstad. Bogstad works mainly with stock assessment, stock advisory and stock interactions for fish stocks in the Barents Sea, with special emphasis on cod and capelin. Bjarte takes us involved in the work on stock assessments, cooperation with Russia in difficult times, and how the quotas are assessed and set.

Webinar 5: Norwegian Seafood Council

SKREI Research Center invites you to a webinar with Sara Møllebakken and Kari-Anne Johansen from the Norwegian Seafood Council.

NS is a market organisation that works together with the Norwegian seafood industry to increase the value of Norwegian seafood in established and new markets worldwide. The Norwegian Seafood Council is a state-owned limited liability company owned by the Ministry of Trade, Industry and Fisheries, and is financed through a statutory tax on the export of Norwegian seafood. The company is headquartered in Tromsø and has fifteen offices abroad. The company’s nearly 80 employees do this through the value creation areas of market access, market insight, marketing, PR and emergency preparedness.

NS has seafood envoys in 15 countries and makes market investments in 27 countries worldwide. NS is part of the Government’s policy instruments for business promotion abroad (Team Norway), and in most markets is co-located with the Foreign Service and/or Innovation Norway. Their envoys have diplomatic status.

The Seafood from Norway brand is a common platform that the Norwegian industry builds on in its marketing work. It builds on the history of the seafood nation Norway, the species and seafood from Norway.

Webinar 6:Come Denechaud

SKREI Research Center invites you to a webinar with Côme Denechaud at the Institute of Marine Research.

Côme Denechaud is a demersal fish expert with particular expertise in otoliths, and has used otoliths in research to analyse the cod.

The otolith has been central to the planning of the skrei centre for a long time, and the building that LPO architects have won with bears the “otolith” as its name. SRC takes SKREI into a deep dive with Côme Denechaud into the world of Otolith, and teaches us what we can really do with this amazing little bit.

“Otoliths, or ear stones as they are also called, are often called the fish’s flight recorder. By analysing otoliths, one can learn about the age, growth, type (e.g. coastal cod/skrei), temperature conditions, diet, migration patterns, sexual maturation, number of spawning periods, genetic diversity and pollution. The Institute of Marine Research has collected large quantities of otoliths from the beginning of the 1900s until today.” Institute of Marine Research.

Webinar 7: Odd Emil Ingebrigtsen

SKREI Research Center invites you to a webinar with Odd Emil Ingebrigtsen.

Odd Emil is a former Minister of Fisheries and Seafood and State Secretary in the Ministry of Petroleum and Energy in Erna Solberg’s government. Today he is the Conservative Party’s candidate for mayor in Bodø and general manager of Paradigm Aquatic in the Nordly Group.

In particular, Odd Emil has been asked to talk about his role as Minister of Fisheries, and topics related to the post of Minister of Fisheries.

Webinar 8: Valentina Tamborra.

SKREI Research Center invites you to a webinar with Valentina Tamborra who lives and workers from Milan. She is a professional photographer and journalist who mainly focuses on photojournalism and portraiture, with a penchant for mixing storytelling with images. She has collaborated with major NGOs and other organisations such as AMREF, Médecins Sans Frontières, Albero Della Vita, Emergenza Sorrisi and the Italian Red Cross. Her projects have been exhibited in Milan, Venice, Rome and Naples.

Valentina is a lecturer at the Instituto Italiano di Fotografia in Milan. She won the “Premio AIF Nuova Fotografia” at the Milan’s Photo Festival in April 2018.

Since 2018, Valentina worked with “Skrei Il Viaggio/ Skrei the journey”, where she portrays life around the fisheries in Lofoten about the people who participate in different areas, with the main focus on Røst.

Webinar 9: Department of Communication at the Institute of Marine Research at Stine Hommedal

SKREI Research Center invites you to a webinar with Stine Hommedal. Since 2017, the Institute of Marine Research has undergone an extensive communication process that has led to a large increase in traffic and interest in HI research and work. HI shares important experiences that SRC, SKREI, and Museum Nord can learn from in the ongoing work on our major projects and strategy work.

Stine talks about the extensive restructuring of an important and heavy institution for administration and advice to the government, which also wants to reach out to the public. Heavy subject matter is conveyed in a light, interesting and enjoyable way that awakens the marine scientist in us.

Webinar 10: Jennifer Thornhill Verma

SKREI Research Center invites you to a webinar with journalist/author Jennifer Thornhill Verma. Jennifer has assembled a panel of fishermen and scientists who witnessed the cod collapse at New Foundland and what the introduction of the Cod moratorium meant for people in fisheries-dependent communities along Canada’s east coast. What repercussions has this had for people, communities, culture, economy, fish and areas today? An exciting comparative case for SKREI that shows how fragile the balance in management between ecology, economy and society is, and how exploitation of a cod stock in the form of fishing is important to control, but that there are also important elements in nature that also affect a cod stock, and that must be monitored when quotas are set for fisheries.

Webinar 11: Sigurd Hverven

SKREI Research Center invites Sigurd Hverven to a webinar. Sigurd has completed a thesis in environmental philosophy (natural philosophy), which includes philosophical perspectives on nature, the relationship between man and nature and whether humans have moral responsibility in their encounters with non-human nature. More specifically, the thesis aims to investigate the philosophical basis for saying that nature has intrinsic value, as is commonly claimed in environmental philosophy.  In our time, in the epoch proposed to be called the Anthropocene, Sigurd wonders whether we – modern humans – today are beginning to discover nature as valuable in two interrelated ways. On the one hand, we experience that we as humans depend on nature in ways that make us unable to be indifferent to it; on the other, nature today appears more alive, wild, real and headstrong than it has been for a long time. Therefore, it is now becoming difficult to hold on to established notions that nature is primarily resources or matter for our purposes. Rather, it appears populated by a number of living beings with their own projects, which deserve our respect. Together, these constitute sources of new orientation in the Anthropocene. We want to include these big and exciting perspectives in our processes around SKREI, maybe our view of the cod is being revised, maybe we need to think ahead…..or back?

Webinar 12: Audun Iversen

SKREI Research Center invites you to a webinar with Audun Iversen. He has an MSc in Business and Economics with expertise in business economics, and has since 1998 worked with a wide range of issues related to fisheries, the fishing industry and aquaculture. As a rule, with social and business administration, strategy or economic geography as a professional approach.

In recent years, Audun has worked extensively with ripple effects from fisheries and aquaculture, and the connection between developments in the fleet, industry and society. Otherwise, he has a lot to do with the effects of regulations and other public instruments, aquaculture economics and driving forces for cost development and productivity, globalization, innovation and differentiation.

Audun will give us an insight into what is happening in the modern economy and society associated with fisheries and industry. The webinar is part of the knowledge gathering for the SKREI project.

 

Seminars and Workshop

SKREI Research Center aims to focus on different activities around SKREI and research related to fisheries and coastal cultures across sectors, research fields and national borders.

SEMINAR

Professional symposium 13-14 April Nyvågar. Museum Nord and SRC wanted to investigate the interest in a symposium on the place and role of cod fisheries in museums. We invited a number of colleagues who work with research, collection management or dissemination related to the cod fishery that stems from our ongoing work with the upcoming SKREI centre in Vågan. During this work, we have encountered questions and issues, which we think it may be interesting to discuss with colleagues working with coastal and fisheries history.

The seasonal cod fishery has brought with it movements of people and goods over large geographical distances. Both the small stories and the larger history have evolved independently of the boundaries of today’s consolidated museums. We believe that there is room for more professional exchange between museum staff in this area, and that we can share knowledge to a greater extent about what museums have in their collections and work with in knowledge production and dissemination.

Another perspective is related to the dissemination of the history of cod fishing in light of our own time. Much fishing history in museums has traditionally been linked to social, political and economic conditions.  Fisheries is about the use of natural resources, and in recent times several museums have begun to place more emphasis on issues of sustainability, coherence in ecological systems and human impact on nature as part of fishing history. Here, a new area seems to be opening up for museums, which points to both interdisciplinarity and an active role in society.  With the “cod fishery” we include all seasonal fishing for cod along the entire Norwegian coast, not just the Lofoten fishery.

Read about the symposium here.

 

Working day with historians Åsa Elstad and Alf Ragnar Nielsen.

Participants:

–SRC

– Exhibition group SKREI

– Historians Åsa Elstad and Alf Ragnar Nielsen.

On 9 May 2023, a full-day seminar was held with SRC, the exhibition group, expology and historians Alf Ragnar Nielsen and Åsa Elstad.

Historians liked the idea of the interplay between social, economic and ecological sustainability perspectives as the overarching theme. We went on to talk about important breaks in history that define cultural-historical paradigm shifts, much of which is of economic significance which in turn changes power and social structures.

Some of the violations we talked about as important.

  • The importance of Libra, and its city status.
  • Approx. 1100 exports start.
  • About 1400 Daregar system disappears
  • C. 1500 – Reformation; Large northern European market less important. Catholic fasting arrangements are becoming more important.
  • About 1600 Little Ice Age, wars in Europe, poor fishing, trade and grain shortages.
  • About 1700 cheats are challenged as fishing gear, nets and lines new gear, new conflicts arise.
  • About 1760 the squire system. The state sells fishing villages and rights to private individuals.
  • About 1800 New boat types, motorization and entrance to further capitalization.
  • About 1856/57 the Lofoten Act (1816) first went in favour of the squires).
  • About 1860 Clipfish production generates several sales opportunities for fishermen.
  • Stockfish and its exciting and extensive history. (90% of exports fishery-related products, accounted for 5% of government revenues)
  • Sami boat building and life side by side with the Norwegians.

Historians were also positive about contributing to the working group’s work on the exhibitions. Both Åsa and Alf Ragnar sat in the “history” working group early in the project back in 2016.

 

WORKSHOP

Lofoten as a sustainable food destination:

The consumer research institute SIFO, OsloMet in collaboration with LofotenMat and Museum Nord invites you to seminars and workshops.

Thursday 7 September at 12.30-17.30Nyvågar hotel, Kabelvåg

UTOPIA WORKSHOP

What do we want the future to be like? In the utopia workshop, participants are invited to participate in a process where reflection on their own experiences leads to some common values that are transformed into practical action.

Hybrid Forum:
Hybrid Forum is a dialogue between a panel and the other participants at the seminar. The goal is to share knowledge and experiences in order to identify and support common interests.

 

THEMES

Eating in Lofoten: We investigate what is unique to Lofoten and how it can be used in the development of Lofoten as a food destination.

Local goats and national whales: How can different actors in food and tourism collaborate to promote Lofoten as a food destination? Lofoten as a green destination Can we achieve a development that takes into account sustainable utilisation of local resources and that strengthens visitors’ and Lofoten residents’ access to and knowledge of local, sustainable products and experiences?

 

Milestones SRC

Here you can read about a number of exciting activities and achievements SRC has been through since its inception.

SKREI Research Center (SRC), is a project that aims to create an infrastructure that coordinates international, interdisciplinary research and knowledge on topics related to Arctic cod. As part of Museum Nord’s activities related to the SKREI project, SRC will benefit the public, researchers, universities, museum networks, cultural organizations, the tourism industry, the fishing industry, artists and politicians. SRC is at the intersection of research and dissemination.

2017-2020 SKREI-Convention, a project funded by “Creative Europe” across disciplines and cultures. From 2017 to 2020, Museum Nord led the project “SKREI-convention”. Funded by “Creative Europe”, the Skrei convention tested the idea of an interdisciplinary team- and research-based learning arena that connected artists, researchers, fisheries and food-related industries and audiences. The project was carried out over three regions: Ílhavo (Portugal), Veneto in Italy and Lofoten/Vesterålen in Norway. The results included an international seminar, a publication for stakeholders, a knowledge archive, and several “artist in residency” programs. These activities created a growing network of people interested in following and supporting this work (Friends of Skrei). The “Skrei Convention” served as a pilot project for SRC, where we got to test interdisciplinary methods and approaches.

January 2022 Skrei Research Center is looking for a project manager. The announcement of the project manager for the Skrei Research Center was announced in January 2022, application deadline 1 March 2022. We want to establish an unusual interdisciplinary research centre on Arctic cod at the heart of our new and comprehensive project, SKREI. We are looking for a motivated, experienced project manager and a strong leader to join the team. The person should have experience in coordinating interdisciplinary research, curate a program of seminars on Arctic cod, demonstrate results in business development and have an interest in fisheries, past, present and future.

April 13, 2022 The project manager position was filled, starting August 8, 2022. After interviewing several candidates, Jonas Walsøe was preferred. Jonas comes from the role as CEO of the fisheries industry and holds a master’s degree in social sciences from the University of Oslo. He has also been a member of several governing bodies related to the stockfish industry and political organizations for the fishing industry, and he also brings with him a large network of relevant and interesting partners for SKREI and SRC.

SRC is integrated into Museum Nord’s Research and Development Department: “The purpose is to actively serve Museum Nord in research, communication and development of the entire organization in line with our strategic goals. At the moment, our geographical regions often define the work that takes place within Museum Nord. R&D changes direction by working across the organization and strengthening professional efforts. This will lead to increased integration, better communicated results, improved collaboration at all levels, improved job satisfaction and an inclusive organizational culture. Objective: to be a respected and socially relevant organization with several different visitor locations that exhibit high appeal.”

23-25 August 2022 excursion to Stockholm with SRC and the Skrei project team. Expology AB, our exhibition and design partners in Stockholm, visited Lofoten for the first time together with LPO architects. Johan Eckerud, Katarina Hall and Helene Nilsson came to spend 3 days with the SKREI project group, and to look at our facilities, collections and visions. SRC arranged a visit to a modern fishing industry in Henningsvær. SRC showed Expology how the fishing industry and fisheries work in practice today.

29.-30 August 2022: Strategy seminar at Sortland with R&D. Museum Nord concludes a strategy period, and the work of developing the next 5 years (2024-2029) starts with preparations from the R&D department with the goal of including as much of the organization as possible before a final version is prepared. We aim to do this through the staff gathering in Nyvågar in October 2022.

September 2022: SRC takes the grand tour. Museum Nord consists of 21 places to visit across Lofoten, Ofoten and Vesterålen with more than 1000 stories to tell. For SRC to succeed, understanding the organisation is important for how SRC can best serve the SKREI project and the organisation as a whole. The most important thing is to know the people behind each region and place. A delightful group of professional “truthkeepers” and “history stewards.”

5-9 September 2022: The SKREI project group conducts an excursion/study trip to Stockholm together with our partners. Expology AB has participated in the design of several exhibitions in Stockholm. The excursion includes several exciting exhibitions such as:

  • “Lily Valchs”
  • “Nordica”
  • “Sporvågsmuseet”
  • “Museum Of Vasa”
  • “Skansen”
  • “Museum of wrecks”
  • “Viking Museum”
  • “Baltic Sea Center”.
  • After analysing the various locations, we formed an “exhibition group” consisting of people from Museum Nord with responsibility for organising and planning the exhibitions together with Explogy. The SRC has an important part in the upcoming work.

07.10.2022 “Friday beer” on “SALT”. The SRC and SALT invite an informal gathering to discuss “is there hope for the fishing industry”. Furthermore, we discussed possible collaborations around previous projects that did not see the light of day due to Covid. Together with Nordland Research Institute, we are drawing up a new plan for a big vision.

19-20 October: Staff meeting on strategy and action plan for Museum Nord. R&D with SRC carried out staff collection for the entire Museum Nord in “Nyvågar”. The directors of the various departments held an introduction followed by the R&D team. Later, we conducted several workshops on themes, ideas, strategies, science in MN, research in museums, digital competence, values and who we are. The days were a great arena to get to know colleagues, develop a common idea of who we are and where we want to go. The board also participated.

October 25-27 Expology AB back in Lofoten for a 3-day workshop with the exhibition groups and SRC. During the visit, we conducted a target group analysis, defined the tools we work with, and started a jam board of all our knowledge and visions. The tasks are distributed within the group while we put together a preliminary analysis. The schedule and meeting plans are set up for summer 2023. Expology also visited the “Viking Museum” and the “Hurtigruten Museum” of Museum Nord.

26-27 October: “SRC and collection manager in the Vågan department, Catharin Bøhn, attended the Arts Council Museum Conference 2022; ‘Collections for the future’. The conference was held in Bodø, with representatives from 7 of 11 counties, a good turnout. The conference was also livestreamed. Keywords from the conference:

  • Diversity in the development and communication of museum collections.
  • Sustainable collection development, coordinated collection development:
  • County perspective and national level.
  • Digitalisation, digital infrastructure and long-term preservation: better overview, priorities and coordination.
  • The National Library’s digitisation services, the National Archives and the Arts Council Norway on infrastructure for delivery and retrieval of collections and metadata.
  • “Culture IT” as a shared tool and the way forward.
  • Securing collections: safety plans, grants for sprinkler systems and similar measures.
  • Priorities and valuation: More objects are added to museum collections than those that are redefined or discarded. Prioritization is necessary, and strategies are needed as a basis for prioritization and sustainable development of collections.
  • Digital transformation and consequences: The shaping of museums’ digital culture has consequences for organization, methodology, work processes and interaction with society and the public.
  • The need for storing physical objects after they have been digitized. We are witnessing several hybrid collections where physical objects are conveyed through digital copies.
  • Ownership, control and professional priorities: Museums require professional freedom to engage in holistic and active collection development. Establish a national agreement structure and arrangement that enables this. «

December 5, 2022 : A fantastic transnational co-production delivered to the NPA. “Living on the Edge” is a collaborative and interdisciplinary research project between research institutions, universities, museums, cultural organisations and coastal communities to better understand the ecological shifts that have taken place in the North Atlantic over time, and how this can contribute to management strategies for the future. Using the inherent knowledge of museum collections, intangible cultural heritage such as cultural landscapes and place names, and archives, Living on the Edge uses an entirely new methodology to synthesize data relevant to marine ecosystems. The results of our project are to provide our audience with information about ecological shifts as well as to plan future scenarios to make potential future shifts more understandable. picture

December 2022: The SRC and the exhibition team conclude the preliminary analysis and continue with “learning objectives” for the exhibitions. This work is now entering the “concept development phase”. We also continue to develop our internal WIKI page in Museum Nord where our knowledge will be stored for easy access. picture

January 2023: SRC “Webinar outline” completed. A set of webinars with experts from different knowledge institutions who will participate in the collection of knowledge SRC delivers to the exhibition team. The invitations to an academic symposium have also been sent out to museums with similar themes as SKREI. The idea of inviting colleagues who work with research, collection management or communication related to cod fishing arises from our ongoing work on the upcoming “SKREI project” in “Vågan”. During this process, we have encountered questions and issues that we think may be interesting to discuss with colleagues working with coastal and fisheries history. picture

11-13 January: SRC, Expology and the exhibition group visited Oslo’s many exhibitions. The group analysed the exhibitions of other well-developed cultural, and scientific, institutions in order to acquire knowledge and experience for our further work with exhibitions in SKREI. We also visit LPO architects who have designed the new building “Otolitten”. During our 3 days in Oslo we arranged meetings and visits at:

  • “National Museum”
  • “The Munch Museum”
  • “Museum of Natural Sciences”
  • “The Climate House”
  • “Museum of Zoo and Geology”
  • “Historical Museum”
  • “The Norwegian Maritime Museum”

23 February 2023: Lofoten Conference. SRC and Museum Nord participated in this year’s conference together with the business community, the tourism industry and municipalities across Lofoten. The focus this year was green restructuring and regional development.

27 February 2023: SRC facilitates the signing of a contract between “Lofoten the Green Islands” and Museum Nord. Director Geir-Are Johansen signs the cooperation agreement between MN and LDGØ. In 2020, the Lofo Council launched “Lofoten – The Green Islands 2030. Growth strategy for Lofoten.” In 2022, both the Lofo Council and all six municipalities in Lofoten adopted the “Roadmap for Lofoten – The Green Islands 2030,” with the following vision: “The future of Lofoten operates on renewable energy, is an attractive place to live, and has a sustainable and vibrant business community. We are committed to achieving the UN climate goals.” “Roadmap for Lofoten – The Green Islands 2030” (hereinafter referred to as the Roadmap) is the guiding growth strategy for the partnership, which outlines ambitious goals and programme areas for sustainable development, green transition and reduction of greenhouse gas emissions in Lofoten. The growth strategy aims to establish Lofoten as a national pilot for regional cooperation and comprehensive innovation towards regional green transition. Museum Nord is conscious of its responsibility and takes part in the green spirit of the future for Lofoten, SRC will be the contact point for the contracting parties.

1 March 2023: Webinar with Svein Sundby, researcher at the Institute of Marine Research. SKREI Research Center invited to a webinar with Svein Sundby. Sundby has been a researcher at the Institute of Marine Research since 1975, and gave us a deeper insight into our unique ecosystem regarding algae blooms, ocean currents, temperature and climate. Furthermore, Sundby took us through the intricate process of egg production, how spawning occurs, and how the larvae behave in the water mass. Important factors that make Lofoten and Vesterålen suitable spawning areas were presented, along with a chronological story of central figures in marine research since the early mid-1800s.

March 7, 2023: Webinar with Rebekah Oomen, marine evolutionary ecologist at the University of Agder. SKREI Research Center invited to a webinar with Rebekah Oomen. Oomen specializes in the study of how organisms adapt to environmental changes. She has researched the genetic material of cod (and skrei). The genetic material provided surprising information about the cod’s migration needs in relation to coastal cod, where a “supergene” has been investigated as the main cause of this behaviour. Rebekah also gave us an insight into cod as a social being, its personality traits, the characteristics of the males that attract the females, and the fascinating sounds that cod produce and perceive. The work with acoustics has led to a touring exhibition called “Cod drumming”.

17 March 2023: Webinar with Guri Hjallen Eriksen, PhD in Norwegian fisheries legislation from a legal perspective. SKREI Research Center invited to a webinar with Guri Hjallen Eriksen. Eriksen has a solid background in fisheries and aquaculture management, and she is deeply committed to the industry’s challenges and history. She is a local from Lofoten and works at SALT, where she has been involved in a company-related PhD project on Norwegian fisheries legislation in collaboration with the Faculty of Law at the University of Oslo. Guri has investigated the extent to which environmental sustainability, social considerations and the legal rights of stakeholders are upheld in fisheries management.

31 March 2023: Webinar with Bjarte Bogstad, researcher on assessment of fish stocks and Norwegian-Russian management of cod. Skrei Research Centre invites you to a webinar with Bjarte Bogstad. Bogstad works primarily with assessment of fish stocks, advice on stocks and interaction between stocks for fish stocks in the Barents Sea, with special focus on cod and haddock. Bjarte will take us through the process of assessing fish stocks, cooperation with Russia in challenging times, and how quotas are evaluated and determined.

April 13-14, 2023: Academic symposium on the role of cod fisheries in museums. Museum Nord and SRC wanted to investigate the interest in a conference that focused on the place, and the role, of cod fisheries in museums. We extended invitations to various colleagues working with research, collection and communication related to cod fishing, which stems from our ongoing work with the upcoming SKREI centre in Vågan. Throughout this process, we have encountered questions and issues that we think would be interesting to discuss with colleagues engaged in coastal and fisheries history. The seasonal cod fishery has led to movements of people and goods over large geographical distances. Both the small stories and the larger narrative have evolved independently of the boundaries of today’s consolidated museums. We believe there is room for more professional exchange among museum staff in this area, so that we can share knowledge about what museums have in their collections and work with in terms of knowledge production and communication. Another perspective relates to presenting the history of cod fishing in the context of our time. Much of the history of fishing in museums has traditionally been linked to social, political and economic conditions. Fishing involves the use of natural resources, and in recent times several museums have begun to place greater emphasis on issues of sustainability, ecosystem connections, and human impact on nature as part of fishing history. This seems to open up a new area for museums, one that points towards interdisciplinary collaboration and an active role in society. With the “cod fishery” we include all seasonal fishing for cod along the entire Norwegian coast, not just the Lofoten fishery.

April 28, 2023: SRC receives funding from the Research Council to conduct the annual “Research Days”. SRC and Museum Nord invite you to the research days with the theme “The power of the ocean, we investigate the currents of the Atlantic”. We invite Torstein Pedersen, professor of fish biology and ecology, to inform us about how life on the coast is affected by these rich currents. The event will take place at the end of September.

9 May 2023: Working day with historians Åsa Elstad and Alf Ragnar Nielsen. Historians Åsa Elstad and Alf Ragnar Nielsen, SRC and the Skrei exhibition group meet in the premises of SKREI to work with the cultural-historical chapters in the knowledge base of SKREI. Historians appreciated the approach of examining the interplay between social, economic and ecological sustainability perspectives as an overarching theme in the exhibitions. Further discussions revolved around significant historical events that define cultural paradigm shifts, many of which have economic implications that in turn change power and social structures. Some of the events we discussed as significant include:

  • The importance of Vågár and its city status.
  • Around 1100: Start of exports.
  • Around 1400: The disappearance of the Libra system.
  • Around 1500: The Reformation; reduced importance of the larger Northern European market. Catholic fixed rules are becoming more important.
  • Around 1600: The Little Ice Age, wars in Europe, poor fishing, trade and grain shortages.
  • Around 1700: The challenge of the Cheat (a piece of fishing equipment), the introduction of new tools such as nets and lines, leading to new conflicts.
  • Around 1760: The system of “squire” ownership. The state sells fishing villages and rights to individuals.
  • Around 1800: The emergence of new boat types, motorization, and entry into further capitalization.
  • Around 1856/57: The Lofoten Act (1816) first favoured the squires (owners of fishing villages).
  • Around 1860: Clipfish production provides more sales opportunities for fishermen.
  • The fascinating and comprehensive history of stockfish (stockfish). (90% of exports consisted of fish-related products, contributing 5% to government revenues).
  • Sami boat building and coexistence with Norwegians.

Historians expressed a willingness to continue to contribute to the working group’s efforts with the exhibitions. Both Åsa and Alf Ragnar were part of the “history” working group early in the project, dating back to 2016.

15 May 2023: Webinar with the Norwegian Seafood Council, Sara Møllebakken and Kari-Anne Johansen about marketing cod and its various products around the world. NS is a marketing organisation that cooperates with the Norwegian seafood industry to increase the value of Norwegian seafood in established and new markets worldwide. The Norwegian Seafood Council is a state-owned company under the Ministry of Trade, Industry and Fisheries, and it is financed through a statutory tax on the export of Norwegian seafood. The company is headquartered in Tromsø, and almost 80 employees work in the value creation areas market access, market insight, marketing, PR and contingency planning. NS has seafood shipments in 15 countries and makes market investments in 27 countries worldwide. NS is part of the government’s toolbox for promoting business abroad (Team Norway) and is co-located with the Foreign Service and/or Innovation Norway in most markets. Their envoys have diplomatic status. The brand “Seafood from Norway” is a common platform that the Norwegian industry builds on in its marketing meetings. It is based on the history of Norway as a seafood nation, the species and seafood of Norway.

15 May 2023: Webinar with former fisheries minister Odd Emil Ingebrigtsen. Odd Emil is a former Minister of Fisheries and State Secretary in the Ministry of Petroleum and Energy in Erna Solberg’s government. Today he is the Conservative Party’s candidate for mayor in Bodø and CEO of Paradigm Aquatic within the Nordly group. Odd Emil shared insights about his role as Minister of Fisheries and topics related to the position. We learn how politicians prioritise ecological, social and economic considerations when it comes to fisheries.

24 May 2023: Webinar with Côme Denechaud, researcher at the Institute of Marine Research on otoliths and their amazing applications. Skrei Research Centre invites you to a webinar with Côme Denechaud at the Institute of Marine Research. Côme Denechaud is an expert in bottom fishing, especially specialized in otoliths, and has used otoliths in her research to analyse skrei. Otoliths have played a central role in the planning of the Skrei Centre for some time, and the building designed by LPO Architects has succeeded with the name “otolith” as the foundation. SRC takes SKREI on a deep dive into the world of otoliths with Côme Denechaud and teaches us what we can really uncover with this fascinating little piece. “Otoliths, also known as ear stones, are often referred to as the black box of fish. By analysing otoliths, one can learn about the age, growth, type (e.g. coastal cod/skrei), temperature conditions, diet, migration patterns, sexual maturity, number of spawning periods, genetic diversity and pollution. The Institute of Marine Research has collected significant amounts of otoliths from the early 1900s to the present day.”

June 13, 2023: Webinar with Valentina Tamborra, a photojournalist from Milan who spent an extended period on Røst and in Lofoten to capture the culture of SKREI and its connections to Querini’s Italia in “Skrei; Il viaggio.” Skrei Research Centre invites you to a webinar with Valentina Tamborra, who lives and works in Milan. She is a professional photographer and journalist, with a primary focus on photojournalism and portraiture, with a penchant for blending storytelling with images. She has collaborated with major NGOs and organisations such as AMREF, Médecins Sans Frontières, Albero Della Vita, Emergenza Sorrisi and the Italian Red Cross. Her projects have been exhibited in Milan, Venice, Rome and Naples. Valentina is a lecturer at the Instituto Italiano di Fotografia in Milan. She won the “Premio AIF Nuova Fotografia” at the Milan’s Photo Festival in April 2018. Since 2018, Valentina has been working on “Skrei Il Viaggio/Skrei the journey”, where she portrays life around the fisheries in Lofoten and the people involved in various aspects, with the main focus on Røst.

14 June 2023: Webinar with the Communications Department at the Institute of Marine Research and Stine Hommedal, how can heavy and intricate research be communicated to the public? Skrei Research Centre invites you to a webinar with Stine Hommedal. Since 2017, the Institute of Marine Research has undergone an extensive communication process that has led to a significant increase in traffic and interest in their research and work. The department shares important experiences that SRC, SKREI and Museum Nord can learn from in their ongoing work on major projects and strategic initiatives. Stine will discuss the comprehensive reorganization of a significant institution of management and advisory services to the government, which also aims to reach the general public. Complex scientific content is presented in a simple, engaging and enjoyable way that awakens the marine scientist in us.

28 August 2023: Seafood conference in Lofoten, focus on the future of seafood. SRC joins the industry and contributes to discussions about seafood, the industry and the future.

September 4, 2023: Foreign Ministry recruits visit SKREI and SRC. The recruits make an annual trip, often to Lofoten, to learn about various important industries and culture along our coast. At SRC, they got to see our SKREI project, and also learned about fisheries, history, culture and economy. A fruitful session for our new ambassadors and staff in the Foreign Service.

12 September 2023: SRC assists the Norwegian Embassy in Tehran. Together with Portuguese partners, the Norwegian Embassy held an event for an Iranian delegation to promote cod. To assist, SRC presented facts about cod, its habitat, characteristics, markets, uses, products and processes.

September 18, 2023: The SRC received a delegation from the new Nigerian government and Senator Abiola Peter Makinde. The delegation particularly wanted to learn about cod and stockfish production. This is important as the Norwegian Seafood Council together with the government have tried to get stockfish off a protection list that makes it challenging for importers and exporters to exchange local naira to USD (USD is the preferred currency). SRC arranged visits with several of the major producers of stockfish and dry heads to Nigeria.

30 September 2023: SRC organized the “Research Days” together with the Lofoten Aquarium. The theme this year was energy, and we addressed “The Gulf Stream, the Power of the Sea.” Professor Torstein Pedersen from the University of Tromsø came to tell us about how the Gulf Stream works, and what impact it has on our local conditions with regard to fisheries, environment and climate. The event also generated an exhibition in the Lofoten Aquarium that will be open in October.

17 October 2023: SRC sends out the first requests to the knowledge base in SKREI. Experts in different disciplines are given the task of addressing their thematic knowledge areas to SKREI. These texts are then processed and organised in a separate compendium, which in turn will be used by copywriters in the exhibition work.

October 18-19, SRC and R&D will hold a staff gathering at the new hotel and the Hurtigruten Museum at Stokmarknes. Eventful and effective days with the staff in MN, where we worked out a new vision and mission for the strategy work starting in 2024.

20 October 2023: SALT, Nordland Research Institute and SRC/Museum Nord conduct a workshop for the project “Lofoten Laboratorium”. The research and expertise companies in Vågan are working out a project outline for an important project idea that will benefit Lofoten and the people who live there. Research in and on Lofoten should belong to Lofoten.

24.October 2023: presentation SKREI for Egga development. Communication with our local actors for the development of professional and business-related opportunities is an important part of SRC’s work during the construction of SKREI.

24 October 2023: SRC, project manager skrei and exhibition group leader hold presentation of SKREI to our new Mayor and Deputy Mayor of Vågan municipality. For SKREI it is desirable to have a close and close dialogue with the host municipality Vågan and the people’s representatives.

 

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