From our seas, to your plate

By the time we reel in our purse seines, the sea has done the majority of the work in slowly raising our deliciously fatty mackerel. It then becomes our duty to maintain the quality that nature has provided.

The process of bringing delicious mackerel to your plate begins at sea, but it requires a streamlined process on land to ensure that everyone – no matter where they are in the world – enjoys the same quality of mackerel that we do. It’s a challenge, but one that the Norwegian fishing industry is poised to meet. Centuries of fishing expertise, combined with our country’s investment in research and equipment, enables us to push the boundaries when it comes to preserving fish over long distances.

Norwegian value chain

Wildcaught mackerel
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Purse-seiner with catch

Keeping it cool

As soon as the mackerel is lifted out of the water, it is swiftly cooled on board and brought to shore. The proximity of the catching areas to our shores keeps our fish fresh, as it enables our fishermen to make multiple trips and reduces the amount of time that the fish is stored on board the vessel. Once aboard, the mackerel is kept in sophisticated holding tanks (a large vessel can hold 12-16 large tanks), which use refrigerated seawater (RSW) to keep the fish at a temperature of around 0°C.

Quick handling

Once on shore, the fish is filleted or packed whole and frozen immediately. This maintains the high natural quality and ensures that consumers all over the world can enjoy first class products.

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Makcerel dish

The future

The Norwegian fishing industry is continuously looking for new ways to ensure high quality for our customers. Producing single frozen fillets is just one example of how we are innovating within the market.

Three pillars of the Norwegian process

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Preserved through technological advantage

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Investing in new technologies preserves the premium quality given to us by nature


Hi-tech fleet and facilities and years of experience

Mackerel products

From smoked fillets to canned treats, mackerel is enjoyed a variety of different ways around the world. We create a whole host of products to make preparing delicious mackerel recipes even easier.  

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Mackerel is most commonly sold as a frozen product, either whole or as fillets. It is also sometimes sold fresh.

Processing can involve salting, smoking or canning to create delicious products for your consumers. Canned Norwegian mackerel is a popular product both in Norway and around the world.

Placing your order

Mackerel is graded and sold by size:

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Norwegian mackerel is typically packaged in 20kg cartons. Cartons weighing 10kg or less are usually available on request.