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The Norwegian fishery for North Sea sprat mainly uses trawls and, to much lesser extent, purse seine nets. Sprat fishing in the North Sea is dominated by a Danish fleet.
Denmark and Norway are the dominant players catching sandeel. The fishery is now very limited in the Norwegian exclusive economic zone (EEZ) and is regulated by a total allowable catch (TAC).
Fishing for pout is conducted with fine mesh trawls in deep water along the Norwegian Trench towards Fladen. The landings had a peak in 1974 at 740,000 metric tons (MT) but the fishery has been strictly regulated since then with large area closures and bycatch limitations. In 2010 mandatory sorting grids were introduced to further limit bycatch.