With a growing number of publicly listed seafood companies reporting upticks in their market valuations over the past year, the CEOs running the show are also seeing a bump in their salary packets every year.

UK-based Nomad Foods CEO Stefan Descheemaeker pocketed the highest base salary in 2019 -- about $983,000 (€907,000). However, the salary does not include other benefits such as share options, which bumps the executive up even higher.


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Canadian frozen seafood giant High Liner Foods CEO Rod Hepponstall earned the fattest total salary packet in 2019 worth $2.6 million (€2.4 million), a vote of confidence in his ability to turn the group around.

The highest paid CEO in the salmon farming industry, Alf-Helge Aarskog, recently stepped down from his position at Mowi, but not before taking home a total of $2.1 million (€1.9 million) in 2019.

IntraFish also drilled down the companies' 2019 shareholder total return -- which basically translates to the share price movement, dividends and share buybacks -- giving an idea of how each stock performed throughout the year.

Land-based salmon farmer Atlantic Sapphire shareholders saw the highest return of about 87 percent, followed by Bakkafrost, Grieg and Norway Royal Salmon.

M&As and investing during the age of coronavirus

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