Averøy has deep roots to the ocean. In the earlier times land was seen upon more as a barrier than a route of transportation. The boat has always been the preferred way of transport and this has clearly effected the settlements on the island and the sorroundings. Until the 60's the island was divided into three municipalities. The island only got connected to the mainland as late as 1989. Fishing and farming has always been the main industry here. Industry related to shipping and fish farming is also amongst the biggest industries on the island. The oil-related business in Kristiansund nearby has also become a large actor when it comes to labour.