57:40N 08:50E Depth ca. 200 m.Imagine 7 upright football fields. This is how deep the North Sea is on its deepest place, the Norwegian Trench – that is more than a half kilometre! In this place there is always dark and the water pressure is enormous. This creates an environment where only the Norway lobster, the deep-water prawn and other sea floor animals can live. Welcome in the depths…
The Norwegian Trench is nearest we get to a deep sea environment in the North Sea. On the deepest place it is 725 metres deep. In comparison, the deepest sea depth in the world is more than 11.000 metres deep.
It’s always dark in the Norwegian Trench, but the animals on the sea floor have adjusted to this. This is the case for two crustacean species which are very important for the Danish fishing industry; these two species are delicacies throughout Europe.
We are talking about the Norway lobster which is living in tunnels in the soft muddy bottom. And the deep-water prawn which exists in thousands on the bottom where they feed on smaller crustaceans and organic particles. Both the Norway lobster and the deep-water prawns are caught in trawls.