The shrimp quota was recently sharply reduced, which has not been popular among fishermen.

Shrimp are extinct in several areas

Shrimp have been eradicated in several areas outside of Southern Norway, in the North Sea, and off the coast of Great Britain, according to Norwegian and Swedish researchers.

An article on this has been published in the prestigious journal ICES Journal of Marine Science, Norwegian broadcasting corporation NRK reports (link in Norwegian).

“The shrimp stock in Southern Norway is at a critically low level, and the distribution has decreased,” researcher Guldborg Søvik at the Institute of Marine Research says.

The researchers warn that the stock in Skagerrak, where there is still active fishing, has become much smaller in recent years. And they could disappear entirely there as well if the sea gets warmer, according to Søvik, who is one of the researchers behind the article.

The shrimp quota was recently sharply reduced.

“It is serious for the fishermen, but sustainable management is the only way we can go, otherwise what is now a difficult and demanding situation will become catastrophic,” Minister of Fisheries Minister Bjørnar Skjæran (Labour Party) says.


Translated by Alette Bjordal Gjellesvik.

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Cardinale et al. Spatially explicit stock assessment uncovers sequential depletion of northern shrimp stock components in the North Sea, ICES Journal of Marine Science, 2023. DOI: 10.1093/icesjms/fsad111

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