After cod, the winter fisheries have always been of crucial significance to the people and coastal communities of North Norway. The picture shows the fishing fleet in the fishing village Honningsvåg during the seasonal cod fishery in 1947. The majority of the boats are typical vessels equipped for fishing with conventional gears like nets and long-line near the coast and in the fjords.
Most of the buildings are temporary barracks. In the autumn of 1944, the whole village was destroyed when the German occupation power used the scorched earth strategy. All buildings were burnt down, except the church. From the late 1940s onwards, Honningsvåg arose from the ashes and became a modern fishing centre in the region with permanent houses and modern fish processing plants for the production of frozen fillets and herring oil.
Credit: Photographer Gunnar Fjermeros, Archive: Troms og Finnmark fylkesbibliotek, Id. No: 11026074