As a vital necessity for seafaring nations, the humble codfish changed the world.
“The fish are so plenty they stay the progress of our ships.”
John Cabot, Explorer 1497
As a vital necessity for seafaring nations, the humble codfish changed the world. It has played an instrumental role in Fogo Island’s economy and culture for centuries and continues to influence the Island’s traditions and way of life.
When recreational fishing is permitted during our Summer and Berry seasons, guests are able to participate in a fishing expedition and a cod-jigging lesson. Guests who wish to complement their fishing expedition with a traditional ocean-to-table outport boil-up, featuring the day’s catch, may reserve a Community Host. The recreational food fishery runs on select dates during Summer and Berry Season. Please inquire with our reservations team. Additional costs apply to cod fishing expeditions and experiences.
An Anonymous Rhyme:
The codfish lays a thousand eggs
The homely hen lays one
The codfish never cackles
To tell you what she’s done
And so we scorn the codfish
While the humble hen we prize
Which only goes to show you
That it pays to advertise