The “Delicacy of the North,” scampi, is widespread in the northeast Atlantic, from the middle part of Norway and south into the Mediterranean Sea. Around Iceland it is found in the warmer waters off the southern, southeastern and southwestern coasts.
Scampi is small compared to other lobster species and is in fact not considered a lobster by everyone, as some of the English names imply. The scampi in Icelandic waters is large, nevertheless, compared to nephrops in European waters. Fully grown males in Icelandic waters are from 20 to 25 cm from the eyes to the tail. The females are smaller or rarely more than 18 cm.
Iceland Pelagic sells scampi from the Blumaris brand, which is located in Höfn, the “scampi capital” of Iceland. Höfn has a long and proud history of harvesting and processing shellfish.
Further information on scampi fisheries in Icelandic waters can be found here.