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 Oslofjord

The Oslofjord is an inlet in the south-east of Norway, stretching from an imaginary line between the Torbjørnskjær and Færder lighthouses and down to Langesund in the south to Oslo in the north. It is part of the Skagerrak strait, connecting the North Sea and the Kattegat sea area, which leads to the Baltic Sea.

The Oslofjord is not a fjord in the geological sense - in Norwegian the term "fjord" can refer to a wide range of waterways. The bay is divided into the inner (indre) and outer (ytre) Oslofjord at the point of the 17 km long and 1 km wide Drøbak Sound.

Northern Shrimp (Pandalus borealis) is a species of caridean shrimp found in cold parts of the Atlantic and Pacific Oceans. The FAO refers to them as the northern prawn. Other common names include pink shrimp, deepwater prawn, deep-sea prawn, great northern prawn, crevette nordique and northern shrimp. In their 8 year lifespan, males can reach a length of 120 mm, while females can reach 165 mm long.

The shrimp are hermaphroditic. They start out male, but after a year or two, their testicles turn to ovaries and they complete their lives as females. The Northern Shrimp is an important food resource, and has been widely fished since the early 1900s in Norway, and later in other countries following Johan Hjort´s practical discoveries of how to locate them.

The Northern shrimp have a short life, which contributes to a variable stock on a yearly basis. However, the species is not considered overfished due to a large amount reported and a large amount harvested.

Here is M/S Trygg in the outer Oslofjord and trawling for shrimp. One of Norway richest men, Kjell Inge Røkke started out as a fisherman and today he is selling prawns from a boat (M/S Trygg) at Aker Brygge. (He is still the owner of Aker ASA)


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