International interest in farmed cod –

International interest in farmed cod Published:  15 April, 2008

A GERMAN television crew is visiting the National Cod Breeding Centre in Tromsø, Norway, to document cod as part of a television series exploring “animals that have changed history”.

Whilst cameramen film above and below the water, journalist Volker Artz explains why they are visiting the National Cod Breeding Centre.

“We are here to film the conclusion of a programme about cod, which forms part of a series, ” says Artz, adding that a 45-minute programme would also be made about horses, doves and silk worms.

“The cod has played an important role in history.”

He mentions stockfish and the Cod War in the 1970s as examples of cod’s influence on history.

The TV crew has also visited Lofoten to film the stockfish industry.

In the presence of the film crew, staff at the Kraknes facility stripped the cod of roe and sperm. The German TV crew was said to be “extremely pleased” to have the opportunity to film the process.

“It’s like we are involved in something big,” says Artz. “It’s excellent to film this, but it remains to be seen if we can fit this into the programme.”

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