Why our fleet is important

The fishing and harvest of cod has been vital to both working life and development along the Norwegian coastline for centuries. Our goal has always been to create an enviable and modern fishing fleet that enables us to fish in a way that's sustainable.

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Our fleet is extensive, both in regards to size and the type of fishing gear we use. With both deep sea vessels and a large number of smaller coastal vessels, we can harvest a range of seafood, including our cod.

Fishing village
6309 vessels

There are 6309 vessels of different size all eligible for fishing in Norwegian waters.

Man preparing for filleting
9924 people

Almost 10.000 people have their direct full time emplyment in the Norwgian industry.

Two men working on a fishing boat
2.365 people

have part time jobs in the industry.

The fishing fleet

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  • 1 Purse seine

    Ring net is a net wall that the vessel sets around the shoal of fish. This is drawn shut at the bottom and the trapped shoal is hauled or pumped on board.


    The gear must approach the fish to make a catch. With the exception of Danish seine, fishermen who wish to use active fishing gear must obtain special concessions. This makes it illegal in fishing as a leisure pursuit.

Our fisheries use a range of catch methods, from trawling to hand-line. Again, sustainability is key.

In a typical year, a Norwegian cod catch is made up predominantly of trawling and gill net methods.

Planning for the future

The quotas that have been put in place are recommended by the International Council for the Exploration of the Sea – a leading international research body which assesses our stocks and helps us plan for the future. They enable us to fish sustainably, ensuring the future of our thriving cod stock.

Incentivising sustainability

The sales organisations self-regulate to maintain fair but competitive terms in the market. Importantly, they guarantee fishermen a minimum price for the catch.

Sustainable fishing is rewarded, with premiums paid against the landing of well-handled and high quality fish.

As quotas are vital to the sustainability of our seafood industry, fisherman who exceed their quota are penalised. They will only receive 20% of the value of the over-quota fish.

However, as we have a zero waste policy, all fish that is landed is sold in the market. Excess profit (after the fisherman receives his 20%) is put back into policing fisheries.

This regulation ensures that there is no incentive for fishermen to exceed their quotas.