About - MOWI - Netherlands EN

In brief

Mowi Lemmer, our competence centre for coated fish, is the only Dutch company of Mowi ASA, one of the largest seafood companies in the world, and the world’s largest producer of Atlantic salmon. The Mowi Group in figures:

14,866 Employees
25 Countries
4.1 Billion Eur

Our History

From backyard beginnings to world leadership

Since the Mowi adventure started in 1964 the company has grown and changed in many ways. From its humble beginnings, when a few pioneers started farming fish in their back yards, through to the present day, Mowi has become a global leader in its field. As the company has grown, both organically and as a result of mergers and acquisitions, Mowi has maintained its leading position at the forefront of the aquaculture industry.
Mowi Lemmer in the Netherlands was founded by Johannes Gerardus Sterk in 1882 as a smokehouse for fish landed locally. In the 1980s Mowi Lemmer developed into a fish coating specialist. Since 2006 the company has been part of the Mowi Group.


Johannes Gerardus Sterk registers his company and starts smoking local fish.


Johannes Gerardus Sterk leaves the smoking business to his seven sons.


The third generation Sterk takes over under the 'Gebroeders Sterk' name.


The fourth generation starts exploring European markets.


The adventure of Mowi begins


First stocking of salmon smolt in seawater. Hydro buys 50 % of Mowi.


Mowi becomes a recognized brand.


Several M&As and Norsk Hydro takes 100 % ownership of Mowi.


Sterk is transformed to fish coating specialist


Sterk is bought by Pieters Visbedrijf in Bruges, part of Fjord Seafood.


The Marine Harvest group is established from three independent companies (Pan Fish, Marine Harvest, Fjord Seafood).


Mowi establishes its own feed division, strengthening a fully integrated value chain.


Morpol becomes part of Marine Harvest Group.


Marine Harvest aquires Gray Aqua Group and Northern Harvest, and establish Mowi Canada East.


Marine Harvest once again becomes Mowi.


Marine Harvest Sterk changes its name to Mowi Lemmer.


MOWI brand launch - first in Poland and Belgium, followed by France and USA in 2020.

Related News

Jan 26, 2021

Mowi first in Scotland to achieve ASC certification for five seawater sites

January 2021: Mowi Scotland has achieved certification from the Aquaculture Stewardship Council (ASC) for four seawater salmon farms this month, bringing its total of ASC certified farms to eight. Mowi’s seawater farms at Loch Linnhe, Gorsten, Marulaig Bay and Stulaigh join Loch Leven in achieving ASC certification, complimenting previous certification of the company’s freshwater rearing sites. This is

Jan 14, 2021

Soy vendors to the salmon industry end trade of deforestation linked soy in Brazil

The Brazilian soy suppliers to the salmon industry, CJ Selecta, Caramuru and Imcopa/Cervejaria Petrópolis, will implement a 100 percent deforestation and conversion free soybean value chain with 2020 as their cut-off date. No soy grown on land deforested after this deadline will be traded. This bold and historic move sets a new benchmark for global

Dec 11, 2020

Novel feed sources to reduce climate emissions of Norwegian salmon farming

Mowi, The Bellona Foundation, the Norwegian Seafood Federation and several major players in the fish feed industry have joined forces to improve the climate footprint of Norwegian salmon. The initiative «Råvareløftet» seeks to accelerate the development of new raw materials for fish feed. The aim is to contribute to major cuts in greenhouse gas emissions,

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