World’s Top 20 Salmon Farmers

Mitsubishi Corporation is the second largest Atlantic salmon farmer in the world behind Marine Harvest, according to a

Mitsubishi Corporation is the second largest Atlantic salmon farmer in the world behind Marine Harvest, according to a ranking published in the latter’s salmon industry handbook.

Bergen, Norway-based Marine Harvest produced 407,500 metric tons of Atlantic salmon (gutted weight equivalent, or GWE) in 2015 in Norway, Scotland, Canada and Chile, according to the document. This does not include the 13,000t Marine Harvest produces in Ireland and the Faroe Islands, however, taking total production to just over 420,000t.

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Mitsubishi, which added Cermaq to its Chilean operation, Salmones Humboldt, in Q3 of 2014, farmed 139,000t in 2015, across its operations in Chile (60,000t, Cermaq and Humboldt combined); Norway (58,000t), and North America (21,000t). This is up from 121,000t in 2014, excluding Humboldt.

Coming in third is SalMar, with 136,400t; then Leroy Seafood Group, with 135,000t. SalMar and Leroy operate only in Norway directly, but have 50% each of Scottish Sea Farms in the UK.

In fifth is Canada’s Cooke Aquaculture, which produces 86,800t in total, with 42,000t in North America; 25,000t in Chile and 19,000t in the UK.

After Cooke comes Chile’s Empresas Aquachile, with 63,400t and Grieg Seafood, with 62,400. Grieg, which operates in Norway (31,700t), the UK (16,400t) and North America (14,300t). Next is Chilean firm Salmones Multiexport, with 51,000t.

Marine Harvest’s report only ranks firms from Norway, the UK, Chile, North America and Chile, which excludes Bakkafrost, based in the Faroe Islands. According to its annual report, Bakkafrost produced 50,565t of GWE Atlantic salmon in 2015.

In addition, the Marine Harvest list for Norway does not include Bremnes Seashore. According to Olav Svendsen, group CEO, the company had 28,000t in GWE Atlantic salmon production in 2015.

Below is the list of the world's top salmon farmers, using the Marine Harvest report, along with the addition of Bakkafrost and Bremnes Seashore.

World's 20 largest salmon producers, by 2015 production figures:

Marine Harvest420,500t*
Leroy Seafood Group135,000t
Cooke Aquaculture86,800t
Empresas Aquachile63,000t
Grieg Seafood62,400t
Salmones Multiexport51,000t
Pesquera Camanchaca39,000t
Australis Seafood38,100t
Nova Sea37,400t
Midt-Norsk Havbruk/Bjoroya Fiskeoppdrett32,000t
Pesquera Los Fiordos30,000t
Bremnes Seashore28,000t***
Norway Royal Salmon27,900t
Scottish Seafarms27,600t
Alsaker Fjordbruk27,000t
The Scottish Salmon Company25,600t

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