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billion NOK in landed value in 2017

Quantity and value of catch from Norwegian vessels. Selected fish species. Preliminary figures
Quantity (tonnes)Change, per centLanded value (NOK million)
20172016 - 20172012 - 20172017
Total2 401 61116.312.218 065
Selected species
Mackerel221 5885.325.82 107
Herring526 16849.6-13.82 289
Cod412 4410.015.26 727
Saithe177 19715.00.41 295
Greenland halibut16 688-0.631.2511
Redfish22 581-9.2119.7209
Crustaceans and molluscs216 100-4.681.01 183
Other fish species808 84821.019.63 742

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Table 1 
Quantity of catch from Norwegian vessels. Fish species and main group of fish species. Tonnes live weight

Quantity of catch from Norwegian vessels. Fish species and main group of fish species. Tonnes live weight1
1Latest year shows preliminary figures.
Total2 334 5632 065 4972 401 611
Pelagic fish1 330 8291 040 7941 369 550
Capelin121 82758 23959 266
Norway pout44 36136 35521 402
Blue whiting489 439310 412399 210
Sandeel100 85940 867120 205
Horse mackerel9 56011 16411 482
Atlantic mackerel241 987210 345221 588
Herring313 096351 710526 168
Sprat9 70021 70210 229
Other pelagic fish000
Codfishes710 917720 319740 696
Cod422 243412 567412 441
Haddock96 987110 321113 776
Saithe151 508154 135177 197
Tusk13 74414 80410 191
Ling17 59618 10418 481
Blue ling536243244
Pollack1 8291 9462 029
Hake5 3357 0055 307
Whiting1 1391 1941 030
Flatfishes and other demersal fishes65 94973 65970 666
Greenland halibut14 64916 78316 688
Halibut2 4162 8722 648
Redfish24 79324 85922 581
Lesser and greater argentines15 24018 83617 786
Wolffishes5 9796 4106 451
Angler1 4462 1182 480
Other flatfishes and groundfishes411519531
Deep-sea species2 3082 4242 840
Species not else-where included1 6501 8741 759
Crustaceans and molluscs222 910226 427216 100
Crab7 85110 3377 936
King crab2 1762 6381 945
Deep water prawn22 95918 59013 338
Norway lobster219261270
Other crustaceans and molluscs189 102193 998191 881

Table 2 
Value of catch from Norwegian vessels. Fish species and main group of fish species. NOK million

Value of catch from Norwegian vessels. Fish species and main group of fish species. NOK million1
1Latest year shows preliminary figures.
Total16 92818 65118 065
Pelagic fish5 4676 2795 578
Norway pout859533
Blue whiting923838575
Horse mackerel494141
Atlantic mackerel2 0302 4332 107
Herring1 8602 4532 289
Other pelagic fish000
Codfishes8 7709 5099 902
Cod5 7226 4506 727
Haddock1 1421 1761 415
Saithe1 4901 4281 295
Blue ling522
Flatfishes and other demersal fishes9851 1311 018
Greenland halibut499613511
Lesser and greater argentines466752
Other flatfishes and groundfishes466
Deap-sea species896
Species not else-where included270307377
Crustaceans and molluscs1 4271 4151 183
King crab184326287
Norway lobster263333
Deep water prawn933710559
Other crustaceans and molluscs887578

Table 3 
Catch from Norwegian vessels, by disposition. 1 000 tonnes live weight

Catch from Norwegian vessels, by disposition. 1 000 tonnes live weight1
1Latest year shows preliminary figures.
Total2 0902 3132 3352 0652 402
Consumption1 6171 5591 4511 4441 616
Meal and oil465750880618776
Feeding stuff, bait etc.853410

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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