Global sales of top salmon
Marine Harvest Ireland is Ireland’s largest producer of farmed Atlantic Salmon.
The company was founded in 1979 by a group of Irish shareholders.
In 1981, a 50/50 joint venture was established with A/S MOWI based in Bergen, Norway, and this greatly strengthened the Irish operation as it provided access to stock, technology and financial resources.
Today it is part of the Marine Harvest Group, the world leading seafood company and largest producer of farmed salmon.
In 2015, MHI signed a deal worth € 2.5m with Mannin Bay Salmon Company Ltd to grow organic salmon on sites in Bertraghboy Bay in Galway.
The five-year agreement will see collaboration on the production of three crops of salmon meaning continuity of supply for local processor, Kilkieran Salmon and the MHI Rinmore Processing plant in Donegal.
MHI will supply new pens, marine vessels and related infrastructure in addition to management and technical support.
Pat Connors, sales and processing director at MHI, said: “Marine Harvest Ireland is enthusiastic about working with local partners and suppliers where possible. This is a significant announcement as it represents a new supply line for our global export business.
“As a result of this partnership, we will have an even greater resource across a number of crucial areas of the business including an experienced management team, heavy- duty equipment and modern technology.”
Gerard O’Donohoe of the Galway- based organic salmon farming company Mannin Bay Salmon Company, stated: “This deal is vital for continuity of supply to our markets all year round. 90% of our produce is exported to markets in the USA, Canada, Dubai, Switzerland, Germany, Holland and France. We are delighted to be partnering with a company of the profile and expertise of Marine Harvest and believe that this venture will be very positive for the local economy.”