Northern Shrimp

Northern Shrimp
Common Name Northern Shrimp
Market Name deep water prawn
Scientific name Pandalus borealis

Sourcing Summary


125-250 Count

Northern shrimp is available fresh and frozen as meat as well as cooked and peeled in the 100/300 size grades. A large supply of small shrimp that is cooked and peeled is available throughout the year. Larger coldwater shrimp have a better, sweeter flavor than smaller sizes and are worth the additional cost, according to some buyers. Coldwater shrimp meat is increasingly being sold fresh and most fresh meat is ungraded. The industry average is a 5% glaze, and those that are frozen, cooked and peeled meats always have a glaze. 

Buyer Beware: Additives such as tripolyphosphates commonly used by most processors to make cooked and peeled meat have a tendency to take away natural flavor.

Product Forms

Product Forms
Cooked & Peeled
Tails (P&D)
Tails (PUD)
Product Forms
Cooked & Peeled
Tails (P&D)
Tails (PUD)

Fresh Seasonal Availability


Culinary Composition





Cooking Methods


Nutrition facts

Serving Size: 100g
Amount per serving
Calories 110
Total Fat 2g
Cholesterol 160mg
Sodium 155mg
Carbohydrates 0g
Protein 22g

Science & Management

Harvest Methods

Conservation Criteria - Wild

Impact on Stock

Northern shrimp is a species of coldwater shrimp that grows quickly and has a relatively short lifespan, but they are susceptible to temperature changes.

Northern shrimp is the largest single coldwater shrimp fishery, with stocks found in the North Pacific, North Atlantic, and Arctic oceans. This shrimp’s population can vary dramatically annually, making scientific assessment difficult. A northern shrimp assessment done in 2011 showed that stocks had declined from 2006 to just below the overfished threshold, but that could be due to natural fluctuation. Overall, abundance is considered to be at a medium level.

Habitat impacts (Wild)

Most northern shrimp are caught using otter trawls. Usually this type of fishing gear would cause long-lasting damage to seafloor bottom habitats, but the soft seafloor in northern shrimp fisheries tends to be fairly resilient. Some northern shrimp are caught using traps, which causes fewer disturbances to the seafloor.


Bycatch was once a problem in this fishery but has been greatly reduced since the introduction of a requirement that otter trawls have Nordmore gates, devices that help prevent accidental bycatch of groundfish such as cod. The most common bycatch is undersized shrimp, which remains a concern.

Management effectiveness

A number of management measures are in place in the northern shrimp fishery, including ones to reduce bycatch and discards. Scientific assessments are done regularly in this fishery, and managers have closed the season early to prevent going over total allowable catch limits and avoid overfishing.

Conservation Criteria - Farmed

Origin Method Ratings
Canada - Atlantic (MSC) Bottom Trawls    
Canada - British Columbia Bottom Trawls    
Canada - Nova Scotia Pot/Trap    
Denmark - North Sea (MSC) Bottom Trawls    
Denmark - Skagerrak Strait (MSC) Bottom Trawls    
Estonia - Northeast Arctic (MSC) Trawl    
Faroe Islands - Barents Sea (MSC) Bottom Trawls    
Greenland (MSC) Bottom Trawls    
Iceland (MSC) Bottom Trawls    
North Sea (Fladen Ground) Bottom Trawls    
North Sea (Skagerrak and Norwegian Deep) Bottom Trawls    
Norway - Barents Sea (MSC) Bottom Trawls    
Norway - North Sea (MSC) Bottom Trawls    
Norway - Skagerrak Strait (MSC) Bottom Trawls    
Norway - Svalbard (MSC) Bottom Trawls    
Sweden - Kattegat Bay (MSC) Bottom Trawls    
Sweden - Skagerrak Strait (MSC) Bottom Trawls    
Unassessed Origin Unassessed Fishing Methods    
USA - Alaska Beam Trawls    
USA - New England Trawl    
Name Country State / Province
Atlantic Red Crab Company United States Massachusetts
Barry Group, Inc. Canada Newfoundland and Labrador
Clearwater Seafoods United States Virginia
DOM International Limited Canada Ontario
Fortune Fish & Gourmet United States Illinois
Hudson Valley Seafood United States New York
Intercity Packers Meat & Seafood Canada British Columbia
John Nagle Co. United States Massachusetts
Lusamerica Foods, Inc. United States California
Maximum Seafood Canada Ontario
Ming Hong International, Inc. United States California
NOVA Fisheries / SunWave Processors United States Washington
Pacific Fresh Fish Ltd. Canada Saskatchewan
Pacific Harvest Seafoods United States California
Profish Ltd. United States District of Columbia
Seacore Seafood Inc. Canada Ontario
Seattle Fish Company United States Colorado
Seattle Fish Company of New Mexico United States New Mexico
SHS, LLC. United States Colorado
Stavis Seafoods United States Massachusetts
Tradex Foods Inc. Canada British Columbia
Whitecap International Seafood Exporters Canada Newfoundland and Labrador