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Fisheries (terminated in Statistics Norway)

The responsibility for the statistics is transferred to The Norwegian Directorate of Fisheries in accordance with the national programme for official statistics which applies from 1 January 2021.


Key figures


NOK billion in landed value in 2019 

Quantity and value of catch1
Quantity (tonnes)Change, per centLanded value (NOK million)Change (per cent)
20192018 - 201920192018 - 2019
1Catch delivered by Norwegian vessels.
Total2 483 523-6.821 6373.7
Selected species
Atlantic cod329 897-12.47 4863.0
Atlantic mackerel159 085-15.02 5091.3
Herring561 53512.22 57419.5
Saithe194 980-3.81 66814.3
Northern prawn27 758-1.6946-10.9
Red king crab1 726-25.3303-22.6
Other species1 208 542-11.76 1511.7

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Table 1 
Quantity of catch, by fish spesies

Quantity of catch, by fish spesies1
Tonnes live weight
1Catch delivered by Norwegian vessels.
Total2 587 8712 665 3052 483 523
Pelagic fish1 390 3851 465 3921 302 069
Capelin59 266197 5405
Norwegian spring-spawning herring389 383332 028430 507
Atlantic herring, other137 594168 360131 028
Atlantic mackerel222 307187 223159 085
Blue whiting399 363438 428350 974
Norway pout21 51725 50659 763
Sandeels120 20569 531124 786
Argentines17 79423 61419 471
European sprat, offshore9 7449 77610 594
European sprat, Norwegian coastal4861 3151 591
Mesopelagic fish-311 292
Tuna and tuna-like species501149
Other pelagic fish12 67612 02912 925
Cod and other codfishes748 928718 241668 415
Atlantic cod416 993376 575329 897
Haddock115 44995 36895 487
Saithe178 655202 670194 980
Other codfishes37 83143 62748 050
Flatfish, other demersal fish and deepwater fish54 57560 90468 940
Greenland halibut16 89017 77217 609
Atlantic redfishes22 67125 34631 816
Wrasses1 128801817
Wolffishes6 5747 7617 654
Other flatfish, demersal and deepwater fish7 3129 22511 044
Cartilaginous fish (sharks, skates, rays and rabbit fish)1 7161 8992 543
Skates and other cartilaginous fish1 3521 5151 993
Shellfish, molluscs and echinoderms227 717248 176278 011
Queen crab3 1012 8124 049
Edible crab4 9245 8505 343
Red king crab, male1 7772 1121 527
Red king crab, other167200199
Northern prawn13 31328 22027 758
Antarctic krill202 216206 097236 844
Calanus finmarchicus7601 362352
Other shellfish, molluscs and echinoderms1 4581 5231 938
Macroalgae (seaweed)164 550170 694163 545
Brown algae164 550170 694163 416
Other macroalgae-0129

Table 2 
Value of catch, by fish species

Value of catch, by fish species1
NOK million
1Catch delivered by Norwegian vessels.
Total18 64720 86221 637
Pelagic fish5 6516 5006 712
Norwegian spring-spawning herring1 7721 4931 883
Atlantic herring, other526661691
Atlantic mackerel2 1102 4772 509
Blue whiting580944883
Norway pout3465177
European sprat, offshore222936
European sprat, Norwegian coastal31013
Mesopelagic fish005
Tuna and tuna-like species414
Other pelagic fish436972
Cod and other codfishes10 31010 82111 347
Atlantic cod6 9997 2707 486
Haddock1 5001 5251 575
Saithe1 3411 4591 668
Other codfishes470567618
Flatfish, other demersal fish and deepwater fish1 4201 6191 753
Greenland halibut559653669
Atlantic redfishes223284326
Other flatfish, demersal and deepwater fish258313362
Cartilaginous fish (sharks, skates, rays and rabbit fish)568
Skates and other cartilaginous fish345
Shellfish, molluscs and echinoderms1 2191 8701 772
Queen crab156166265
Edible crab587069
Red king crab, male280379290
Red king crab, other71213
Northern prawn5771 062946
Antarctic krill7390104
Calanus finmarchicus472
Other shellfish, molluscs and echinoderms658484
Macroalgae (seaweed)424645
Brown algae424645
Other macroalgae000

Table 3 
Quantity of catch, by landing county and main group of target species, and landed value of catch

Quantity of catch, by landing county and main group of target species, and landed value of catch1
Quantity of catchLanded value
TotalPelagic fishCod and other codfishesFlatfish, other demersal fish and deepwater fishCartilaginous fish (sharks, skates, rays and rabbit fish)Shellfish, molluscs and echinodermsMacroalgae (seaweed)Total
Tonnes live weightNOK 1000
1Include catches delivered in Norway or abroad by Norwegian-registered vessels and catches delivered in Norway by foreign vessels.
Total2 762 3121 429 322798 69375 0512 548293 153163 54525 362 812
All counties2 366 2371 276 813793 34773 8222 51156 198163 54524 543 728
Østfold (-2019)9682010332903-71 543
Akershus (-2019)::-:-:-:
Oslo14019925114-4 421
Vestfold (-2019)462314204421-33 572
Telemark (-2019)3671544413264-23 140
Aust-Agder (-2019)80531188411588-65 485
Vest-Agder (-2019)3 328881 370370861 414-178 459
Rogaland538 008488 6369 9341 2302531 75336 2022 491 645
Hordaland (-2019)27 831:1 13254059301:307 383
Sogn og Fjordane (-2019)267 953233 50629 287:52541:2 163 975
Møre og Romsdal502 586291 909165 72420 384385::5 458 288
Trøndelag - Trööndelage133 88648 7824 0558901502 24577 764461 101
Nordland332 534138 792155 20713 925275 03919 5443 890 968
Troms - Romsa (-2019)307 12351 772198 18325 8085031 310-5 014 997
Finnmark - Finnmárku (-2019)249 9911 144228 1678 63295611 092-4 375 248
County not stated::22-2-:
Abroad396 075152 5095 3471 22936236 955-819 084

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 (terminated in Statistics Norway)
Topic: Agriculture, forestry, hunting and fishing

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

Not relevant


Not relevant

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.


Not relevant