Norwegian Deepwater Prawn

Caught near the North Pole

Norwegian prawns are fished by our trawlers in the harsh cold of the Barents Sea. Because our prawns are fished in very cold waters, they mature slowly, which produces a different (slightly sweeter) taste than their warm water cousins.

And because they are fished so far from the coast, they are frozen as soon as they are caught. Prawns are traditionally eaten with mayonnaise in the south and south-west of Norway as a summertime snack.

Our stocks

We fish our cold water prawns using a coastal fleet of small vessels and an offshore fleet that operates in the Barents Sea to the edge of the drift ice at the 81st parallel.

The Norwegian prawn fishery is regulated by effort control (which restricts the time our fishermen spend at sea). Licenses are required for the Russian and Norwegian vessels, and third-country fleets operating in the Svalbard zone are regulated by the number of effective fishing days and the number of vessels by country.

The minimum stretched mesh size is 35 mm. We make sure we don’t accidentally catch under-sized prawns, fish fry and small fish by using separating panels.

Norwegian prawns are currently being assessed by the Marine Stewardship Council (MSC) for accreditation. Norwegian prawns are already certified against KRAV and Friend of the Seaschemes for sustainable fisheries.

What do you call it?
Latin: Pandalus borealis
Norwegian: Reke
French: Crevette
German: Kaltwasser Garnele

Deepwater Prawn From Norway

Nutrition facts

Nutritional value per 100 g of cleaned prawns

Energy: 351 kJ or 84 kcal

Nutrients (g): Protein: 18.1

Fat: 0.8 Of which saturated fat: 0.1 Monounsaturated fat: 0.2 Polyunsaturated fat: 0.26 Of which Omega 6 (n-6): 0.02 Omega 3 (n-3): 0.23 Cholesterol: 152 mg

Carbohydrates: 0.8

Vitamins: Thiamine: 0.02 mg Riboflavin: 0.01 mg Niacin: 6.5 mg B6: 0.1 mg Folate: 7 μg B12: 0.9 mg A: 15 μg D: 0.5 μg E: 4 mg

Minerals: Calcium: 63 mg Phosphorus: 166 mg Iron: 1.6 mg Magnesium: 42 mg Potassium: 220 mg Zinc: 1.3 mg Selenium: 21 μg