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NOK billion in landed value in 2017

Quantity and value of catch from Norwegian vessels, by selected fish species
Quantity (tonnes)Change, per centChange, per centLanded value (NOK million)
20172016 - 20172012 - 20172017
Total2 423 32117.313.218 605
Selected fish species
Mackerel222 3075.726.22 110
Herring526 97749.8-13.72 297
Cod416 9941.116.56 999
Saithe178 65615.91.21 341
Greenland halibut16 8910.632.8559
Redfish22 671-8.8120.6223
Crustaceans and molluscs227 7170.690.81 219
Other fish species811 10821.319.93 857

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Table 1 
Quantity of catch from Norwegian vessels, by fish species

Quantity of catch from Norwegian vessels, by fish species
Tonnes live weight
Total2 334 5642 065 5072 423 321
Pelagic fish1 330 8291 040 7971 371 357
Capelin121 82758 23959 266
Norway pout44 36136 35521 518
Blue whiting489 439310 412399 363
Sandeel100 85940 867120 205
Horse mackerel9 56011 16411 491
Atlantic mackerel241 987210 345222 307
Herring313 096351 710526 977
Sprat9 70021 70210 230
Other pelagic fish000
Codfishes710 916720 322748 411
Cod422 243412 567416 994
Haddock96 987110 321115 450
Saithe151 508154 135178 656
Tusk13 74414 80410 205
Ling17 59618 10418 483
Blue ling536243242
Pollack1 8291 9462 028
Hake5 3357 0055 327
Whiting1 1391 1941 029
Flatfishes and other demersal fishes65 95073 66071 095
Greenland halibut14 64916 78316 891
Halibut2 4162 8722 651
Redfish24 79324 85922 671
Lesser and greater argentines15 24018 83617 794
Wolffishes5 9796 4106 574
Angler1 4462 1182 480
Other flatfishes and groundfishes411519531
Deep-sea species2 3072 4242 891
Species not else-where included1 6501 8741 850
Crustaceans and molluscs222 911226 429227 717
Crab7 85110 3378 027
King crab2 1762 6381 945
Deep water prawn22 95918 59013 314
Norway lobster219261273
Other crustaceans and molluscs189 102193 998203 427

Table 2 
Value of catch from Norwegian vessels, by fish species

Value of catch from Norwegian vessels, by fish species
NOK million
Total16 92818 65118 605
Pelagic fish5 4676 2795 594
Norway pout859534
Blue whiting923838580
Horse mackerel494141
Atlantic mackerel2 0302 4332 110
Herring1 8602 4532 297
Other pelagic fish000
Codfishes8 7709 50910 307
Cod5 7226 4506 999
Haddock1 1421 1761 500
Saithe1 4901 4281 341
Blue ling522
Flatfishes and other demersal fishes9851 1311 083
Greenland halibut499613559
Lesser and greater argentines466752
Other flatfishes and groundfishes466
Deap-sea species896
Species not else-where included270307395
Crustaceans and molluscs1 4271 4151 219
King crab184326287
Norway lobster263334
Deep water prawn933710577
Other crustaceans and molluscs887582

Table 3 
Catch from Norwegian vessels, by disposition

Catch from Norwegian vessels, by disposition
1 000 tonnes live weight
Total2 0902 3132 3352 0652 423
Consumption1 6171 5591 4511 4441 631
Meal and oil465750880618788
Feeding stuff, bait etc.85344

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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