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Fisheries (terminated in Statistics Norway)

The responsibility for the statistics is transferred 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 478 359-7.021 1661.5
Selected species
Atlantic cod327 648-13.07 192-1.1
Atlantic mackerel159 104-15.02 5091.3
Herring561 29912.22 57419.5
Saithe194 612-4.01 64913.0
Northern prawn28 035-0.7942-11.3
Red king crab1 723-25.5302-22.8
Other species1 205 938-11.85 999-0.8

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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 478 359
Pelagic fish1 390 3851 465 3921 302 284
Capelin59 266197 5405
Norwegian spring-spawning herring389 383332 028430 506
Atlantic herring, other137 594168 360130 793
Atlantic mackerel222 307187 223159 104
Blue whiting399 363438 428351 292
Norway pout21 51725 50659 663
Sandeels120 20569 531124 786
Argentines17 79423 61419 674
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 936
Cod and other codfishes748 928718 241664 535
Atlantic cod416 993376 575327 648
Haddock115 44995 36894 288
Saithe178 655202 670194 612
Other codfishes37 83143 62747 988
Flatfish, other demersal fish and deepwater fish54 57560 90467 897
Greenland halibut16 89017 77217 391
Atlantic redfishes22 67125 34631 076
Wrasses1 128801817
Wolffishes6 5747 7617 598
Other flatfish, demersal and deepwater fish7 3129 22511 015
Cartilaginous fish (sharks, skates, rays and rabbit fish)1 7161 8992 550
Skates and other cartilaginous fish1 3521 5152 002
Shellfish, molluscs and echinoderms227 717248 176278 139
Queen crab3 1012 8124 049
Edible crab4 9245 8505 365
Red king crab, male1 7772 1121 524
Red king crab, other167200199
Northern prawn13 31328 22028 035
Antarctic krill202 216206 097236 673
Calanus finmarchicus7601 362352
Other shellfish, molluscs and echinoderms1 4581 5231 942
Macroalgae (seaweed)164 550170 694162 954
Brown algae164 550170 694162 825
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 166
Pelagic fish5 6516 5006 712
Norwegian spring-spawning herring1 7721 4931 883
Atlantic herring, other526661690
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 82110 944
Atlantic cod6 9997 2707 192
Haddock1 5001 5251 518
Saithe1 3411 4591 649
Other codfishes470567584
Flatfish, other demersal fish and deepwater fish1 4201 6191 693
Greenland halibut559653637
Atlantic redfishes223284306
Other flatfish, demersal and deepwater fish258313358
Cartilaginous fish (sharks, skates, rays and rabbit fish)568
Skates and other cartilaginous fish345
Shellfish, molluscs and echinoderms1 2191 8701 765
Queen crab156166265
Edible crab587069
Red king crab, male280379289
Red king crab, other71213
Northern prawn5771 062942
Antarctic krill7390104
Calanus finmarchicus472
Other shellfish, molluscs and echinoderms658481
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 757 8221 429 536794 95474 3672 555293 456162 95424 826 395
All counties2 362 0051 277 036789 65673 1582 52256 678162 95424 010 746
Østfold (-2019)9682010342902-71 726
Akershus (-2019)::-:-:-:
Oslo13919925114-4 351
Vestfold (-2019)462314204421-33 059
Telemark (-2019)3671544413264-22 670
Aust-Agder (-2019)80431188411588-64 683
Vest-Agder (-2019)3 328881 370371861 414-176 368
Rogaland538 328488 8389 9421 2972521 79736 2022 488 253
Hordaland (-2019)28 061:1 13254059295:307 720
Sogn og Fjordane (-2019)267 971233 50629 285:54442:2 127 495
Møre og Romsdal503 387291 931166 69420 198380::5 352 666
Trøndelag - Trööndelage133 88648 7824 0558901502 24577 764461 100
Nordland331 545138 792154 84113 894275 03918 9533 756 749
Troms - Romsa (-2019)304 84351 772195 86325 3944831 766-4 837 892
Finnmark - Finnmárku (-2019)247 9051 144226 1908 53195611 085-4 304 579
County not stated:----:-:
Abroad395 817152 5015 2981 20832236 778-815 649

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