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Langoustines {nephrops norvegicus}

Closely related to the lobster the langoustine is also known as Scampi, Dublin Bay prawn and even Norway lobster. Its white flesh is succulent and delicious, and while it’s prized everywhere it’s a particular favourite in Mediterranean countries.

The langoustine catch is one of the most important for the Scottish fishing industry. Around our coasts langoustines live in sea lochs and open water, at depths ranging from a few metres to over 500m. Adults make burrows on the seabed, and are most active at night when they come out to eat.

At Macduff we sell fresh and frozen whole langoustine and frozen shell-on and shell-off tails, each in a variety of pack sizes.

Macduff Langoustine

Harvesting & Fishing Technique

Langoustine is wild-caught from the cold, clear waters of the North Atlantic, coming from a well-managed and healthy fishery. 

Langoustine is the most valuable shellfish landed in Scotland and over one third of total world landings are made here. Langoustine is fished by trawlers, using a method known as bottom trawling, with smaller boats operating inshore and larger boats operating in mixed fisheries offshore. A small volume of langoustine, predominantly off the West coast of Scotland, are caught by creel.

Langoustine Fishing


Langoustine is landed at ports all around the UK but Fraserburgh - just ten miles from our plant in Mintlaw - is the biggest shellfish port in Europe and the base for many of the largest langoustine boats. That means we can receive and process the catch literally minutes from landing for maximum quality and freshness. We wash and grade them for size, then send them out as chilled or frozen raw whole langoustines. We also wash and freeze langoustine tails with the shell on, or remove the shell to leave scampi meat, which we freeze and sell in packs of various sizes.

Macduff langoustine processing


The langoustine fishery around the UK is subject to quotas, and catches are managed under the EU (European Union) Common Fisheries Policy. All catches of langoustine are strictly controlled and subject to TAC (Total Allowable Catch) regulations or national quotas.

The main langoustine fisheries are in the Moray Firth, the North and East of Scotland and off the West Coast of Scotland. Over 38,000 tonnes of langoustine worth around £80 million are landed into Scottish ports each year.

Langoustine Range

At Macduff Shellfish, we sell langoustine in a range of sizes :

  • Fresh or Frozen whole langoustine in a range of sizes
    (no. of pieces per kg or per pack).
  • Frozen langoustine tails, shell on and shell off.

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