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31 Mar 2009
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15 Oct 2025


The northern shrimp (Pandalus borealis) is also known as the cold water prawn or pink shrimp. It is distributed across the North Atlantic around the Barents Sea, Svalbard, Iceland and Greenland and south to the North Sea and Massachusetts, and across the North Pacific from the Bering Sea south to Japan and Oregon. All these areas have important commercial shrimp fisheries. 

This fishery is located in the Gulf of St. Lawrence within Canadian waters. Most of the fishing is conducted by otter trawlers ranging in length from 16.7 m (55 feet) to 27.4 m (90 feet).

The trawl gear uses a mesh size of at least 40mm to allow undersized shrimp to escape. A device called a Nordmore separator grate enables other species to escape, so bycatch is almost zero. Although the fishery is thought to have minimal impact on seabed habitats, it is carrying out further research in this area as part of its MSC certification.

Shrimp (Pandalus borealis) image © Scandinavian Fishing Year Book