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Key figures


NOK billion in landed value in 2018

Quantity and value of catch1
Quantity (tonnes)Change, per centChange, per centLanded value (NOK million)
20182017 - 20182013 - 20182018
1Catch delivered by Norwegian vessels. Catch quantity 2018: There is a discrepancy between Statistics Norway's figures and figures from the Directorate of Fisheries. The deviation is due to the fact that we use different numbers of decimals on quantity.
Total2 494 6152.919.420 816
Selected fish species
Mackerel187 223-15.813.72 477
Herring500 388-5.0-1.42 154
Cod376 575-9.7-20.17 270
Saithe202 67013.437.21 459
Greenland halibut17 7715.241.1653
Redfish25 34911.8180.5284
Crustaceans and molluscs248 1769.053.11 870
Other fish species936 46315.552.34 650

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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. Catch quantity 2018: There is a discrepancy between Statistics Norway's figures and figures from the Directorate of Fisheries. The deviation is due to the fact that we use different numbers of decimals on quantity.
Total2 065 5072 423 3212 494 615
Pelagic fish1 040 7971 371 3571 440 490
Capelin58 23959 266197 539
Norway pout36 35521 51825 506
Blue whiting310 412399 363438 428
Sandeel40 867120 20569 531
Horse mackerel11 16411 49110 744
Atlantic mackerel210 345222 307187 223
Herring351 710526 977500 388
Sprat21 70210 23011 090
Other pelagic fish0040
Codfishes720 322748 411717 593
Cod412 567416 994376 575
Haddock110 321115 45095 368
Saithe154 135178 656202 670
Tusk14 80410 20513 113
Ling18 10418 48321 533
Blue ling243242426
Pollack1 9462 0282 672
Hake7 0055 3274 187
Whiting1 1941 0291 046
Flatfishes and other demersal fishes73 66071 09583 564
Greenland halibut16 78316 89117 771
Halibut2 8722 6512 713
Redfish24 85922 67125 349
Lesser and greater argentines18 83617 79423 614
Wolffishes6 4106 5747 761
Angler2 1182 4803 369
Lumpsucker4536541 497
Other flatfishes and groundfishes519531769
Deep-sea species2 4242 8913 157
Species not else-where included1 8741 8501 636
Crustaceans and molluscs226 429227 717248 176
Crab10 3378 0278 664
King crab2 6381 9452 312
Deep water prawn18 59013 31428 220
Norway lobster261273394
Other crustaceans and molluscs193 998203 427207 884

Table 2 
Value of catch, by fish species

Value of catch, by fish species1
NOK million
1Catch delivered by Norwegian vessels.
Total18 65118 60520 816
Pelagic fish6 2795 5946 422
Norway pout953465
Blue whiting838580944
Horse mackerel414164
Atlantic mackerel2 4332 1102 477
Herring2 4532 2972 154
Other pelagic fish000
Codfishes9 50910 30710 818
Cod6 4506 9997 270
Haddock1 1761 5001 525
Saithe1 4281 3411 459
Blue ling225
Flatfishes and other demersal fishes1 1311 0831 324
Greenland halibut613559653
Lesser and greater argentines675273
Other flatfishes and groundfishes668
Deap-sea species969
Species not else-where included307395373
Crustaceans and molluscs1 4151 2191 870
King crab326287391
Norway lobster333449
Deep water prawn7105771 062
Other crustaceans and molluscs7582102

Table 3 
Catch, by disposition

Catch, by disposition1
1 000 tonnes live weight
1Catch delivered by Norwegian vessels. Catch quantity 2018: There is a discrepancy between Statistics Norway's figures and figures from the Directorate of Fisheries. The deviation is due to the fact that we use different numbers of decimals on quantity.
Total2 3132 3352 0652 4232 495
Consumption1 5591 4511 4441 6311 571
Meal and oil750880618788919
Feeding stuff, bait etc.53444

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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