- Barents Sea
- North Sea
- Norwegian fjords and coastline
Species: Pandalus borealis
Availability: Year Round
Barents Sea, Costal and Fjord Prawn: Up to 6.25 inches and 0.7 ounces.
North Sea and Skagerrak Prawn: Up to 3.15 inches
Deepwater Norwegian Prawn:
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.
Deepwater prawns are caught with a trawl all year round in the Barents Sea and most fjords at a depth of 650-1640 feet, depending on location.
Taste and Texture:
- Balanced sweet and salty flavor
- Distinctive firm texture and light pink color
Deepwater Prawns are especially rich in:
- Vitamin D
- Vitamin B12