Deepwater Prawn

Deepwater Prawn

Cold, clear water gives prawns a firm texture and a light pink colour. Prawns are considered a delicacy and have a quality few other fish can match. The fresh, sweet and slightly salty taste goes well with a wide range of hot and cold dishes.


Prawns in the Barents Sea: The entire Barents Sea, most often at a depth of 200-500. 

Prawns in the North Sea and Skagerrak: North Atlantic.

Coastal and fjord prawns: In most of the Norwegian fjors and coastal regions, often at a depth of 200-500 metres.

Maximum size

Prawns in the Barents Sea: Up to 6.25 inches and 0.7 ounces.

Prawns in the North Sea and Skagerrak: Up to 3.15 inches

Coastal and fjord prawns: Up to 6.25 inches and 0.7 ounces. 

Some alternative names

Latin: Pandalus borealis

Prawn (peeled)

Energy: 555kJ 

Fat: 1.9g
Protein: 23g
Cholesterol: 311mg
Protein: 23.0g

Vitamin A: 2.8µg
Vitamin D: 1µg

Iron: 0.5mg
Selenium: 0.06mg

The Fish:
There are 3 Norwegian prawn populations: one in the Barents Sea, one in the North Sea and Skagerrak and one in the fjords. Prawns thrive in deep cold waters, but are found nearer the surface at night where they feed on animal plankton. Prawns are hermaphroditic—they start life as male and complete it as female.

The age of the sex change and spawning time are different for the three populations. The prawns in the Barents Sea complete the change at 4–7 years and spawn from June to October. In the North Sea and Skagerrak, prawns change sex between 2 and 6 years of age and spawn from June to November, and the prawns in the Norwegian fjords go through the change between 1.5 and 2.5 years and spawn during October and November.

The female prawn carries roe under her abdomen and seeks out shallow waters where the larvae hatch. The larvae then float close to the surface to feed on plankton. Prawns live up to a maximum of 10 years.

Wild Catch:
Prawns are caught with trawl all year around.

Prawns are especially rich in:

  • Protein that builds and maintains every cell in the body
  • Vitamin D, which is necessary to get the right balance of calcium in the body to maintain and strengthen the bones
  • Vitamin B12, which is important for the body in producing new cells, including red blood cells. Vitamin B12 can help to prevent anemia
  • Selenium, an important element in an enzyme that fights harmful chemical processes in the body

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