Although 2009 will be remembered as one of the toughest and most unsettled years for business for some time, Europe’s seafood firms more than weathered the financial storm.

Whereas previous years have seen companies at the top of the list report massive sales but a loss at the bottom line, 2009 saw all of seafood’s big players – from Marine Harvest to Icelandic Group – return to the black.

While a rejuvenated Icelandic Group dropped out of the billion-euro club by a whisker, the consolidation of Leroy Seafood Group into rising star Austevoll Seafood added a new firm to those boasting eight-digit turnovers.