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The fishery statistics give main figures for catch and landed value from the fisheries. In 2016, Norwegian vessels delivered 2.0 million tonnes of fish, crustaceans and molluscs.



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billion NOK in landed value in 2016

Fisheries. Quantity and value of catch for selected fish species. Preliminary figures
Quantity (tonnes)Change, per centLanded value (NOK million)
20162015 - 20162011 - 20162016
Total2 043 521-12.5-11.118 233
Selected species
Mackerel210 587-13.01.32 433
Herring351 80712.4-44.42 449
Cod408 760-3.220.26 205
Saithe153 0151.0-19.61 396
Greenland halibut16 62713.562.5590
Redfish24 8000.0153.1205
Crustaceans and molluscs210 313-5.738.21 394
Other fish species667 612-29.2-11.63 561

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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 weight1
1Latest year shows preliminary figures.
Total2 313 3262 334 5632 043 521
Pelagic fish1 287 7881 330 8291 041 154
Capelin76 682121 82758 239
Norway pout18 66544 36136 355
Blue whiting399 520489 439310 412
Sandeel82 499100 85940 867
Horse mackerel14 6609 56011 185
Atlantic mackerel277 734241 987210 587
Herring407 303313 096351 807
Sprat10 7259 70021 702
Other pelagic fish000
Codfishes757 090710 917714 583
Cod473 478422 243408 760
Haddock94 21496 987109 585
Saithe153 834151 508153 015
Tusk11 40613 74414 798
Ling16 88717 59618 099
Blue ling193536243
Pollack1 7871 8291 940
Hake4 3315 3356 950
Whiting9601 1391 193
Flatfishes and other demersal fishes60 38565 94973 376
Greenland halibut14 05514 64916 627
Halibut2 3492 4162 867
Plaice1 014661809
Redfish19 35024 79324 800
Lesser and greater argentines14 47015 24018 836
Wolffishes6 3455 9796 350
Angler2 3191 4462 116
Other flatfishes and groundfishes389411518
Deep-sea species2 4872 3082 402
Species not else-where included2 0071 6501 693
Crustaceans and molluscs203 569222 910210 313
Crab6 5157 85110 254
King crab1 6952 1762 638
Deep water prawn15 98322 95918 677
Norway lobster198219261
Other crustaceans and molluscs178 378189 102177 880

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 million1
1Latest year shows preliminary figures.
Total14 42716 92818 233
Pelagic fish4 9065 4676 275
Norway pout328595
Blue whiting579923837
Horse mackerel1274941
Atlantic mackerel1 9372 0302 433
Herring1 9211 8602 449
Other pelagic fish000
Codfishes7 5518 7709 177
Cod4 7025 7226 205
Haddock1 2391 1421 123
Saithe1 2691 4901 396
Blue ling152
Flatfishes and other demersal fishes7909851 094
Greenland halibut350499590
Lesser and greater argentines414668
Other flatfishes and groundfishes756
Deap-sea species789
Species not else-where included250270284
Crustaceans and molluscs9231 4271 394
King crab132184326
Norway lobster212632
Deep water prawn559933700
Other crustaceans and molluscs788869

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

Fisheries. Catch, by disposition. 1 000 tonnes live weight1
1Latest year shows preliminary figures.
Total2 1402 0902 3132 3352 044
Consumption1 8071 6171 5591 4511 433
Meal and oil329465750880602
Feeding stuff, bait etc.48538

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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