In Norway the annual catch of pelagic fish varies between 1.5 and 2.3 million tonnes. The main species are herring, mackerel, blue whiting, sprat and capelin. While these species were previously primarily used to produce fishmeal and fish oil, the majority is now used for consumer products.

Bodø has previously had a complete industrial cluster for the pelagic sector, but Bodø Sildoljefabrikk (Pelagia) is now the sole producer of fishmeal and fish oil.