Almost a century after their grandmother Marie Pettersen started making fish products in her basement, the family business is producing fish cakes and fish balls based on her recipes.
The importance of renewing
The company must develop based on the catch that the fishermen deliver. Rørvik Fiskemat has achieved this from the outset and its market is now nationwide.
“Our location could not possibly have been better,” says Pettersen. “The fishing grounds for both whitefish and pelagic fish are situated right outside our lounge window.”
It’s accurate to say that Rørvik in Nærøysund municipality is by the open sea and an archipelago of thousands of islands. There has been activity here for several centuries. Just a short boat trip from Rørvik is Sør-Gjæslingan, which was a major fishing village from the mid-17th century until it was abandoned in the 1970s. Sources say the fishing out there in the winter of 1931 was incredible. We should also mention that the catch from here ended up in the fish cakes that Marie produced in her basement. Sør- Gjæslingan is now a protected but vibrant fishing village offering accommodation in fishermen’s cottages combined with coastal cultural heritage.
“My grandparents built the business on delivering high quality products. This is a core value that we have continued in the production of both traditional and innovative products” says grandson Øyvind Pettersen.
Written by Anne-Lise Aakervik