Lisa Müller

25, born and raised in East-Germany. Documentary photographer.

“Everybody has a story worth telling. The question is rather are you willing to listen?”

Norway is among the world leaders when it comes to taking care of marine resources, international scientists believe. But it has not always been like that. In the late 90s overfishing of approximately 100,000 tons of cod was documented.

After oil and gas, seafood is Norway’s second largest source of income. An important reason for this success is that the marine natural resources are managed sustainably and that clean and productive seas are maintained. Cod-fishing accounted 18 percent of the total amount of fish that Norwegian fishermen caught. Every year authorities decide a quota for a number of different fisheries. Quotas limit the amount that can be harvested for various species, and helps ensure that resources can be exploited in a sustainable manner. Many important measures (discard ban, harvesting rules, closure of areas with small fish) have been introduced over the last 50 years.

This project is about sustainable fishing. I want to document fishermen who are completely dependent on their work, and document their every day life. I’m going with an open mind: I don’t know exactly what I’m going to find. What I do know is that the system that the locals have built is now threatened by the building of oil rigs.