The port's geographical location close to some of Europe's best fishing spots combined with the ferry connections to Norway, the Faroe Islands and Iceland, and motorway E39 provides the port with unique opportunities when it comes to handling and selling fish in the cross field between the catch area and the markets.
With a value of the landed fish of between 500-700 million Danish kroner a year, Port of Hirtshals is among Denmark's largest fishing ports. The fishing activities at the port is centred around the fishery of edible fish, and the port frames significant activities within both the pelagic fishery and the demersal fishery.
The port has the facilities for landing, handling and sale of both pelagic and demersal fish. At Port of Hirtshals herring and mackerel are landed for processing in Northern Jutland, just as species like haddock, plaice, cod and monkfish etc. are landed for sale at Hirtshals Fish Auction. Additionally, there is a supply of fish from Norway, which is transport by refrigerated vans on the ferries.
Port of Hirtshals has a water depth of 10.7 meters at the quays in East Basin 2, which makes it possible for freezing trawlers to land frozen shellfish and fish directly to the BIP centre and cold stores.
Port of Hirtshals is the point of origin for fishery in the North Atlantic Ocean, the North Sea, Skagerrak, the Kattegat, and the port is thereby also home to a fishing fleet consisting of very different vessels. The port has landing facilities and berths for all types of fishing vessels: