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The fishery statistics give main figures for catch and landed value from the fisheries. In 2015, Norwegian vessels delivered 2.3 million tonnes of fish, crustaceans and molluscs.



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Key figures


billion NOK in landed value in 2015

Fisheries. Quantity and value of catch, by selected fish species
Quantity (tonnes)Change, per centChange, per centLanded value (NOK million)
20152014 - 20152010 - 20152015
Total2 334 5640.9-12.916 928
Selected fish species
Mackerel241 987-12.93.42 030
Herring313 096-23.1-66.11 860
Cod422 243-10.848.95 722
Saithe151 508-1.5-33.61 490
Greenland halibut14 6494.249.6499
Redfish24 79328.185.9248
Crustaceans and molluscs nei222 9109.548.51 427
Other fish species943 37823.512.83 653

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Table 1 
Fisheries. Quantity of catch, by fish species and main group of fish species. Tonnes live weight

Fisheries. Quantity of catch, by fish species and main group of fish species. Tonnes live weight
Total2 089 9692 313 3252 334 564
Pelagic fish1 117 2611 287 7891 330 829
Capelin161 55476 682121 827
Norway pout47 09218 66544 361
Blue whiting196 246399 520489 439
Sandeel30 44782 499100 859
Horse mackerel6 79314 6609 560
Atlantic mackerel164 729277 734241 987
Herring507 465407 303313 096
Sprat2 93610 7259 700
Pelagic fish nei000
Codfishes753 040757 089710 916
Cod471 315473 478422 243
Haddock101 24094 21496 987
Saithe147 692153 834151 508
Tusk11 43111 40613 744
Ling15 53716 88717 596
Blue ling279193536
Pollack1 4111 7871 829
Hake3 5274 3315 335
Whiting6089601 139
Flatfishes and other demersal fishes53 73160 38565 950
Greenland halibut12 59614 05514 649
Halibut1 9172 3492 416
Plaice1 3831 014661
Redfish9 03719 35024 793
Lesser and greater argentines13 23414 47015 240
Wolffishes10 5356 3455 979
Angler3 6762 3191 446
Other flatfish and groundfishes nei365389411
Deep-sea species1 8872 4862 307
Deep-sea species1 9472 0071 650
Crustaceans and molluscs nei162 103203 568222 911
Crab5 4336 5157 851
King crab1 3211 6952 176
Deep water prawn13 71815 98322 959
Norway lobster208198219
Other crustaceans and molluscs nei140 683178 378189 102

Table 2 
Fisheries. Value of catch, by fish species and main group of fish species. NOK million

Fisheries. Value of catch, by fish species and main group of fish species. NOK million
Total12 67314 42716 928
Pelagic fish4 8094 9065 467
Norway pout843285
Blue whiting385579923
Horse mackerel4412749
Atlantic mackerel1 4301 9372 030
Herring2 4321 9211 860
Other pelagic fish000
Codfishes6 3477 5518 770
Cod4 0524 7025 722
Haddock1 0701 2391 142
Saithe9491 2691 490
Blue ling215
Flatfishes and other demersal fishes617790985
Greenland halibut269350499
Lesser and greater argentines404146
Other flatfishes and groundfishes675
Deap-sea species678
Species not else-where included180250270
Crustaceans and molluscs7159231 427
King crab80132184
Norway lobster222126
Deep water prawn459559933
Other crustaceans and molluscs737888

Table 3 
Fisheries. Catch, by disposition. 1 000 tonnes live weight

Fisheries. Catch, by disposition. 1 000 tonnes live weight
Total2 2992 1402 0902 3132 335
Consumption1 8131 8071 6171 5591 451
Meal and oil469329465750880
Feeding stuff, bait etc.174853

About the statistics

The Fishery statistics present an overview of catches and value of saltwater fish, number of fishermen and fishing vessels, establishments, employed persons and value added etc. in fish processing industry.


Definitions of the main concepts and variables

Live weight is the weight of the fish in the condition it is caught. The weight of fish that is landed without head, in gutted condition, as fillet or salted etc. is converted into live weight.

FAO uses the concept of nominal catch instead of live weight. The word catch is also often used without further explanation. In catch journals this is interpreted as estimated quantity in live weight.

Catch value is the amount paid to the fishermen for the catch. This includes freight and price subsidies and production tax, but not tax to the sales co-operatives. Value added tax is not included.

Pelagic means living in the water masses.

Standard classifications

Standard classifications of target species, fish commodities, fishing grounds and conversion factors are given in appendixes to the yearly publication NOS Fishery statistics

Administrative information

Name and topic

Name: Fisheries
Topic: Agriculture, forestry, hunting and fishing

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Responsible division

Division for Primary Industry Statistics

Regional level

Municipial figures, county figures and figures for entire country.

Frequency and timeliness

Annual preliminary and final figures.

International reporting

The Directorate of Fisheries does reporting to:

  • Statistical Office of the European Communities (EUROSTAT):
  • Food and Agricultures Organization of the United nations (FAO).
  • International Council of Exploratin of the Sea (ICES).
  • Northwest Atlantic Fisheries Organisation (NAFO).


The Directorate of Fisheries and Statistics Norway stores the data files.


Background and purpose

The Fishery statistics presents an overview of catches of saltwater fish. Statistics on fisheries were first displayed in a publication of its own in 1868. The Directorate of Fisheries took over the preparation of the publication in 1900. Since 1977 it has been Statistics Norways responsibility in co-operation with the Directorate of Fisheries.

Users and applications

The purpose of collecting data from catches is to gather information necessary to secure a viable administration of the marine resources. This is done by controlling resources and quotas, and by having fishery statistics of good quality.

The data forms the basis for research work in connection with regulations, strategic analysis, analysis of structure of the fishing fleet, and also the consequences of administrative actions on the industrial economy. The data also forms the basis of fulfilling Norway's obligation to report to international organisations.

Figures from the fishery statistics are a part of the national accounts, which are an essential information source for the analysis of the economic development and economic structure in Norway.

The fishery statistics is otherwise used by public authorities and the general public, research institutions, students, media, financial analysts, interest groups and national and international organisations.

Equal treatment of users

No external users have access to the statistics and analyses before they are published and accessible simultaneously for all users on ssb.no at 8 am. Prior to this, a minimum of three months' advance notice is given inthe Statistics Release Calendar. Read more about principles for equal treatement of all users on ssb.no.

Coherence with other statistics

The Directorate of Fisheries publishes statistics on the inetrnet: http://www.fiskeridir.no/english

Many international organisations also publish statistics of catches in quantity and value, e.g. FAO and Eurostat.

Legal authority

Data are obtained by the Directorate of Fisheries pursuant to the following Acts:

  • Act no. 3 of 14 December 1951: Act relating to marketing of raw fish.
  • Act no. 40 of 3 June 1983: Act relating to seawater fisheries, etc.

Statistics Norway recieve data from the Directorate of Fisheries according to:

  • Act no. 54 of 16 June 1989: Statistics Act.

EEA reference

  • Council Regulation (EEC) 3880/91 of 17 December 1991.
  • Council Regulation (EEC) 2018/93 of 30 June 1993.
  • Council Regulation (EEC) 2597/95 of 23 October 1995.
  • Council Regulation (EEC) 1382/91 of 21 May 1991.



The statistic cover all catches of marine fish delivered in Norway or abroad by Norwegian-registered vessels and catches of marine fish delivered in Norway by foreign vessels. Included are also sealing, whaling, catches of seaweed, oysters and mussels, while delivering outside the sales co-operatives and none-registered sales are not included. Fish farming and fishing for own use is not included either. As from 2015 catches from sea fishing of salmon and sea trout in ordinary season are not included.

Data sources and sampling

The Directorate of Fisheries produces catch statistics based on information from approved sales co-operatives. According to law, official approved sales co-operatives have the sole right of first hand sale of most fish species and other animals caught in the sea. Excepted from this are salmon, sea trout and seal.

Total census

Collection of data, editing and estimations

The statistic is based on contract notes given to the fishermen as a part of the settlement. These notes contain information about quantity and value together with other information.

Statistics Norway receives data from the database of contract notes, administrated by the Directorate of Fisheries.

The Directorate of Fisheries does the control and the revision of the catch database.

The Directorate of Fisheries does the estimations.

Seasonal adjustment

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Comparability over time and space

Statistics Norway publishes preliminary figures in the end of January and final figures 15 November.

The selection of tables for this edition has been changed compared with earlier years, but the data sources are the same. As from 2005 a new grouping of target species is used, and the list of specified species is slightly changed as well as the categories for disposition of the catch.

Time series of catches in quantity and value all the way back to 1977 are published in the series NOS Fishery statistics. Furthermore, comparable time series going back to 1866 are presented in NOS Historical Statistics 1978 and 1994, and in the Statbank.

Accuracy and reliability

Sources of error and uncertainty

The information on the contract notes may vary in quality, and extensive verification is a necessity.

Vessels using more than one type of fishing gear on one trip, can only report one type of fishing gear on the contract note, and vessels fishing in more than one fishing ground can only report one fishing ground. This must be considered when reading the tables. This is also the explanation for possible discrepancies between catch statistics based on contract notes and those based on catch journals from trawlers. Information from catch journals can sometimes be missing due to the loss of catch journals prior to submission.

When collecting statistics common errors occurrs, like errors when filling in, errors in assessment during the revision as well as errors in the register etc.

It is not possible to estimate figures for landings which have not been registered trough official channels.


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