Norway Lobster - Nephrops Norvegicus


Latin: Nephrops Norvegicus

English: Norway Lobster

German: Der Kaisergranat, der Kaiserhummer, der Norwegischer Hummer

French: La Langoustine Commune

Italian: Scampo

Spanish: La Cigala

Croatian: Škamp, Kvarnerski rak

About: Norway Lobster is a lobster of Nephropidae family. It has slim, relatively flat pink-orange body with maximum length of 25cm and maximum weight up to 0.30kg.

On average, it is much smaller, especially in some areas where overfishing is present - around 0.04kg per lobster or around 25 lobsters per kilogram.

It spawns in warmer months, depending on location.

During the night, adults emerge from their pits to feed on worms and fish and they rarely travel distances greater than a few hundred meters.

Habitat: Norway lobster is present in the north-eastern Atlantic and North Sea. It is not commonly present in the Mediterranean Sea, except in the Adriatic Sea - it is not present in the the Black Sea nor in the Baltic Sea.

Adults prefer muddy seabed sediments which are suitable for making burrows where they spend most of their time.

Fishing period: Recreational fishing - it can be caught all year long, mostly during the night or early in the morning or late in the evening.


Fishing rigs and tackle: Norway lobster is active predator, but also a scavenger. It can be caught in fish traps baited with small fish and fish chunks.

Also, it can be caught on hook baited with small fish, worms, fish chunks and similar, but rarely.

If you encounter them, be sure to note position (using GPS or anything similar) since they are not spread evenly.

Cuisine: They are delicacy - plain and simple, especially those caught in fish traps or hooks.

They are great in fish stews, grilled, as risotto, barbequed, in soups etc.

Flesh is pale/white, soft, tender with great taste and aroma...

norway-lobster-2Barbequed Norway Lobster