Before then, large prawn stocks were only known to exist in the Drammensfjord, where they were fished on a small scale – using small scoop nets.
In the early 1900s, prawns were fished from sailing ships, but they were soon replaced by steamships and motor boats. During World War I, sailing ships were once again used due to a shortage of fuel. It was very challenging to trawl for prawns in the narrow prawn fields along the Norwegian coast – it was a hard life. Today, prawn fishing in the Barents Sea and near Svalbard and Greenland is done using big trawlers.