Marine Harvest has topped the new Coller FAIRR* Protein Producer Index. This index is the world’s first comprehensive assessment of how 60 of the world’s biggest farmers of meat, fish and dairy are managing their sustainability risks.

The assessment looked at environmental, social and governance (ESG) factors. Each company’s performance was evaluated on 22 KPIs, with regard to pollution, climate change, food safety, animal health & welfare and worker safety.

Overview of the risk factors on which the FAIRR Index ranked 60 of the world’s largest protein producing companies

It found that although more than half of the companies investigated are failing to properly document their impact, salmon farming companies rank among the most sustainable.

“In general, aquaculture companies lead the animal proteins sector in the quality of their reporting of critical sustainability issues. Europe-based aquaculture producers – Marine Harvest, Lerøy Seafood and Bakkafrost – display management best practice and disclosure across all eight scored risk factors.”

Marine Harvest was the top ranked company with an overall score of 81.9 out of 100, scoring well across all areas. It was highlighted, in particular, for its approach to antibiotics. “Their robust policies and performance on antibiotic use are complemented by a comprehensive discussion of fish welfare.”

The top-10 of the overall FAIRR Protein Producer Index/De top-10 van de FAIRR Protein Producer Index ranglijst

For a brief executive summary on the FAIRR Protein Producer Index, see:

A detailed summary of the report can be found here.​

*FAIRR, founded by Jeremy Coller, Chief Investment Officer of Coller Capital (one of the world’s leading investment companies), is a collaborative investor network that raises awareness of material ESG risks and opportunities in global animal protein supply chains. FAIRR helps investors identify, prioritize and act on these factors through cutting-edge research and collaborative investor engagements with global food companies.

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Marine Harvest arranged its first Global cleanup day on May 4, 2018. Marine Harvest Sterk contributed to this initiative by cleaning the Lemmer beach from (plastic) litter.

We depend on healthy oceans

Plastic pollution has become one of the largest environmental problems we face today. Huge amounts of plastic waste are released to the oceans every day, impacting our waters and the marine life.

Marine Harvest depends on healthy ocean. We will therefore do our part to reduce the use of plastic, to make sure that plastic waste is handled in a responsible manner and to ensure that our sites are kept clean. Throughout 2018, Marine Harvest will be engaged in a number of different projects and initiatives related to plastic use and waste. The first initiative was Global cleanup day on May 4.

The cleanup team on the Lemmer beach received spontaneous help from some (young) bathers!

Marine Harvest Sterk cleans the Lemmer beach

A group of colleagues from Marine Harvest Sterk went to the Lemmer beach on May 4 – armed with garbage pickers and garbage bags – to clean it from litter. They collected an amount of over 100kg of litter, a large part of which was plastic waste!

We are proud of this great result and of our contribution to reducing plastic pollution!







Armed with pickers and garbage bags to clean up the beach

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It is that time of the year again: As part of the Marine Harvest Group, Marine Harvest Sterk is going to be present at the Seafood Expo Global in Brussels, April 24-26. With 1850 exhibiting companies from 79 countries, it’s the world’s largest seafood trade fair. It is THE meeting venue for professionals from the fish and seafood industry.

Visit us in Hall 5, booth nr 5-545.

Click here for more info about Seafood Expo Global


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Recently Marine Harvest Group published their annual report 2017, the best year ever in the history of the group. The annual report integrates the reporting on both the financial and the sustainability performance of the group. You can download it here.

This integrated report sets out how we run our business; it describes our vision and ambition, our successes and our disappointments – all of them in an open and transparent way. At the end of the day, all of us working at Marine Harvest have a clear and simple goal: We wish to produce affordable, high quality products in a sustainable way, and this report tells the story of how we work to accomplish that target.

We aim to be an integrated provider of proteins from the ocean, taking the lead in all key areas, from the production of fish feed to meeting the needs of the market. By integrating the entire value chain, we can control our products from feed to fork, and be more proactive in addressing challenges related to sustainable feed, farming and value-added processing.

The Blue Revolution – our vision – will not happen by itself: We have to make it happen. Change is about challenging existing ways of doing things – over and over again. We encourage our people to try new things, and sometimes we fail. The important thing is that we learn and grow from the experience.

Driving a revolution requires passionate people who share our vision and values. Marine Harvest is made up of 13,233 people in 24 different countries. We are committed to high ethical standards in our business conduct worldwide, and we expect our employees to make our Code of Conduct a personal commitment so that we can engender trust to all stakeholders.

Would you like to know more about:

  • How Marine Harvest contributes to the United Nations’ Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs)?
  • What we did in 2017 in the area of Research & Development and what the R&D programme is for the years to come?
  • How new technologies like the ‘genomics revolution’ contribute to even better and more efficient salmon farming?
  • What is in our salmon feed?
  • Which healthy nutrients our salmon contains, and how much of them? How we make sure our salmon remains a very rich source of Omega-3 fatty acids while continuously reducing the amount of fish needed to produce our salmon feed?

You’ll find all the answers in our annual report 2017. Download it here!

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Several products in our range are very well suited to feature in a delicious Fish & Chips meal. An ‘evergreen’ staple in the diet of our overseas ‘neighbours’ in Great-Britain, Fish & Chips is also enjoying an ever increasing popularity on the European continent. Thanks to the opportunities for cooperation with our sister company Marine Harvest Pieters in Bruges, Belgium, our product developers have been able to create a complete Fish & Chips meal: To the coated fish from Marine Harvest Sterk, our colleagues in Bruges add oven fries and a delicious sauce and pack all these ingredients together in one tray.
A striking example of the cooperation that is possible within the Marine Harvest Group between sister companies with different competences and specialisms, resulting in new, attractive product options for our customers and the consumers.

After a test market organized in the last quarter of 2017, a Fish & Chips item was launched on a national scale early January in 550 supermarkets of a well-known Norwegian retailer. This 500g product – 250g fries and two breaded Alaska pollock fillets made by Marine Harvest Sterk – serves two. The first sales figures are excellent and will get a further boost in February thanks to a national promotional campaign.

IIn February one of the largest German retailers will do a national promotion in over 4,000 supermarkets with a single-serve portion Fish & Chips composed of 180g fries, 120g breaded Alaska pollock strips (the same raw material as used for our Home-style Alaska pollock strips, but with a crispy breading instead of a flour coating) and a 50g sachet of remoulade sauce.

Does this taste morish? Please do not hesitate to contact our product manager Frederik Lambrecht (see contact details in the top right box) or send us your queries using the contact form.

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Our purchasers regularly visit our most important raw material suppliers. A lot of our fish is filleted in China: Around the coastal towns Dalian and Qingdao there are many fish processing companies.

Towards the end of 2017 Radboud Hendriks visited three processing plants in Zhuanghe (Dalian region). Two of these are new suppliers of yellowfin sole.

When we want to embark on a supply agreement with a new supplier we always take a number of steps before we can start accepting deliveries from the company in question:

  • The supplier shall examine our supplier manual and sign it for understood and agreed
  • The supplier completes a self-assessment
  • The supplier provides us with all the necessary quality certificates
  • The supplier is audited by an independent third party organisation
  • The supplier must demonstrate that shortcomings, if any, have been resolved
  • The supplier is audited by our purchaser a second time; in addition to the standard quality aspects, also the way in which the company deals with its employees is checked.

During his visit to China Radboud took care of this second audit of two new suppliers. Both plants have been approved for delivery – with a few comments. The first shipments from these new suppliers are expected to arrive in Lemmer in the first half of 2018.

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On December 6, 2017, the nine celebrators of 2017 jubilees – for 25 or 10 years of service – were put in the spotlight at a celebratory meeting in Marine Harvest Sterk’s company restaurant.

Of the celebrators six had a 25 years’ employment anniversary in 2017, and three have been employed by Marine Harvest Sterk for 10 years. Together these nine employees have no less than 180 years of experience!

In his speech Plant Director Radboud Hendriks thanked them one by one for their long-term dedication, commitment and performance at Marine Harvest Sterk.

Photo: Radboud Hendriks with Feike van der Zee, one of the employees with 25 years of service.

Pictured in the top and bottom photos: Six of the nine celebrators put in the spotlight.


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The recent arrival of a new Multidrum coating system opens up new production options for Marine Harvest Sterk.

We are constantly looking for opportunities to further optimize and innovate our production processes. One of the most recent developments in this field is the purchase of a new Multidrum coating system (picture on the left).



This new equipment enables us to develop and produce new products with a ‘home-style’ coating. This gives these products a new and different look & feel: The light flour coating results in a pleasant bite without a fatty mouthfeel.
This type of coating is comparable to the ‘Southern fried’ coatings which are popular in the chicken industry.

Next to the development of new products which can be produced with the Multidrum, we will also investigate and test if we can even further improve some of our current products by using this new technology.

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