- Certifier :
- Certified status :
- Certified since :
- 09 Mar 2012
- Certificate expires :
- 08 Dec 2023
Fisheries are composed of one or more parts, each of which is entitled to receive an MSC certificate. These parts or “units” are defined by their target stock(s), fishing gear type(s) and if relevant vessel type(s), and the fishing fleets or groups of vessels.
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Units of Certification & Certificate Information
Catch by Species
|Species||Reported Catch Year||Metric Tonnes|
|Northern prawn (Pandalus borealis)||2021||30,281|
Information is provided by an independent Conformity Assessment Body as live weight (the weight of species at the time of catch, before processing) and where a fishing season covers multiple years, the end year is given as the reported catch year. Additional information is available in the latest report, see the assessments page.
About this Fishery
The fishery catches northern prawn (Pandalus borealis) also known as pink shrimp, deepwater prawn, deep-sea prawn, great northern prawn, crevette nordique and northern shrimp.
The fishery operates all year round, along the Norwegian coastline, up near Svalbard and in the Barents Sea where both small inshore vessels and larger ocean-going vessels catch around 20 000 tonnes annually.
The stock is shared with other nations but the Norwegian fleet, which comprises 89 vessels, catches around 30% of the total catch.
"Norway has for years been acknowledged as one of the world's leading nations in sustainable fisheries management. We are now pleased that MSC certification was obtained for Norwegian prawn fisheries as sustainably harvested. The MSC certification is an important tool in our marketing of Norwegian prawns and will help to strengthen our communication with our main markets."
- Ove Johansen, Marketing Manager, Norwegian Seafood Council
Europe is the main market for Norwegian cold water prawns where both fresh and frozen prawns are sold in Sweden, the UK, Denmark, Finland, Italy and France.