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Key figures


NOK billion in landed value in 2018

Quantity and value of catch1
Quantity (tonnes)Change, per centLanded value (NOK million)
20182017 - 20182013 - 20182018
1Preliminary figures 2018. Catch delivered by Norwegian vessels.
Total2 517 7113.920.520 045
Selected species
Mackerel187 207-15.813.62 433
Herring498 041-5.5-1.92 108
Cod373 924-10.3-20.76 909
Saithe202 42613.337.11 414
Greenland halibut17 6094.339.8610
Redfish25 00010.3176.6273
Crustaceans and molluscs278 23822.271.61 826
Other fish species935 26615.352.14 472

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Table 1 
Quantity of catch, by fish species

Quantity of catch, by fish species1
Tonnes live weight
1Catch delivered by Norwegian vessels. Latest year shows preliminary figures.
Total2 065 4972 423 3222 517 711
Pelagic fish1 040 7941 371 3571 438 122
Capelin58 23959 266197 539
Norway pout36 35521 51825 504
Blue whiting310 412399 363438 427
Sandeel40 867120 20569 531
Horse mackerel11 16411 49110 743
Atlantic mackerel210 345222 307187 207
Herring351 710526 977498 041
Sprat21 70210 23011 090
Other pelagic fish0040
Codfishes720 319748 414713 782
Cod412 567416 994373 924
Haddock110 321115 45094 521
Saithe154 135178 656202 426
Tusk14 80410 20513 126
Ling18 10418 48321 517
Blue ling243242426
Pollack1 9462 0282 670
Hake7 0055 3274 127
Whiting1 1941 0291 045
Flatfishes and other demersal fishes73 65971 09482 791
Greenland halibut16 78316 89117 609
Halibut2 8722 6512 708
Redfish24 85922 67125 000
Lesser and greater argentines18 83617 79423 587
Wolffishes6 4106 5747 528
Angler2 1182 4803 368
Lumpsucker4536541 497
Other flatfishes and groundfishes519531776
Deep-sea species2 4242 8903 145
Species not else-where included1 8741 8501 633
Crustaceans and molluscs226 427227 717278 238
Crab10 3378 0278 532
King crab2 6381 9452 310
Deep water prawn18 59013 31428 260
Norway lobster261273393
Other crustaceans and molluscs193 998203 427238 040

Table 2 
Value of catch, by fish species

Value of catch, by fish species1
NOK million
1Catch delivered by Norwegian vessels. Latest year shows preliminary figures.
Total18 65118 60520 045
Pelagic fish6 2795 5946 295
Norway pout953465
Blue whiting838580935
Horse mackerel414164
Atlantic mackerel2 4332 1102 433
Herring2 4532 2972 108
Other pelagic fish000
Codfishes9 50910 30710 298
Cod6 4506 9996 909
Haddock1 1761 5001 424
Saithe1 4281 3411 414
Blue ling225
Flatfishes and other demersal fishes1 1311 0831 258
Greenland halibut613559610
Lesser and greater argentines675271
Other flatfishes and groundfishes668
Deap-sea species969
Species not else-where included307395360
Crustaceans and molluscs1 4151 2191 826
King crab326287386
Norway lobster333448
Deep water prawn7105771 042
Other crustaceans and molluscs758296

Table 3 
Catch, by disposition

Catch, by disposition1
1 000 tonnes live weight
1Catch delivered by Norwegian vessels. Latest year shows preliminary figures.
Total2 3132 3352 0652 4232 518
Consumption1 5591 4511 4441 6311 557
Meal and oil750880618788949
Feeding stuff, bait etc.534412

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 Housing, Property, Spatial and Agricultural 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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