Fiskeværet Hovdens goal is to create a sustainable tourist industry and thus contribute to a sustainable community when it comes to nature and environment, and for the culture and the people living in Hovden and its surrounding district.
Hovden has been an operative fishing village in Vesterålen for many decades. Because of its location close to rich fishing areas and being nearby industries processing fish, many of Hovdens residents have been occupied in the fishing industry. Up until the late 1980s the place had a fish processing line, a local shop, an elementary school and its own post office. As society as a whole organized itself in a more centralized manner during the following years, many young people moved away, and consequently made various occupations and services gradually dissolve.
Despite the fairly low number of residents living in Hovden today, only thirteen, the heart of the place still beats. The Hovden port becomes active during the white fish season in the winter. The people of Hovden, both the present residents and the former residents engage in keeping traditions and the history of Hovden alive through events and gatherings.