An illustration of the Salmon Living Lab proposed by SalMar.

Mowi and SalMar named among world’s 500 most sustainable companies


Norway-based salmon farmers Mowi and SalMar have been named among the world’s 500 most sustainable companies by TIME magazine and German data firm Statista.

Mowi is the world’s biggest salmon producer, with farming operations in Norway, Scotland, Chile, the east and west coasts of Canada, Iceland, the Faroes, and Ireland.

SalMar farms in Norway and Iceland, and is co-owner of Scottish Sea Farms, along with fellow Norwegian salmon farmer Lerøy.

Mowi is in 311th place on the TIME/Statista list, two places above IT, tech and software giant Apple, and SalMar is in 481st place, one place above Google’s parent company Alphabet.

Responsible producers

“This is primarily a recognition of work over time in an organisation that prioritises sustainability, but it also shows again that Mowi and the Norwegian aquaculture industry produce food in a responsible way,” Mowi spokesman Ola Helge Hjetland told Fish Farming Expert’s Norwegian sister site,

Runar Sivertsen, strategy director at SalMar, said: “We naturally appreciate the fact that, by an external expert, we have once again been named one of the world’s most sustainable protein producers. It means a lot to us and is primarily an inspiration to become even better in the future.”

He added that the company knows that the aquaculture industry has plenty of challenges to tackle.

“That is why SalMar has also taken the initiative to establish the Salmon Living Lab, a research and innovation centre where, together with Cargill, we invite farmers, suppliers, and R&D institutions to collaborate in order to solve important sustainability challenges facing the industry, not least with regard to fish health and fish welfare."