Australia has a seafood industry that we can be proud of and last week outstanding achievements were recognised at the National Seafood Industry Awards held in Sydney as part of the Seafood Directions 2017 Conference.
The National Seafood Industry Awards recognise the contributions and commitments of individuals, partnerships, businesses and organisations toward the sustainability of the Australian seafood industry. All finalists were winners of their respective category at a state or territory level – not an easy feat, and the Australian Fisheries Management Authority (AFMA) congratulates all finalists and winners!
Commonwealth operator Austral Fisheries, took out the Environment Award for their efforts in becoming the first seafood business in the world to be certified carbon neutral.
It was also great to see many individuals recognised for their tireless work as inductees to the Hall of Fame, including:
- Annie Jarrett, CEO of Northern Prawn Fishing Industry,
- Grahame Turk, Chairman of Sydney Fish Market and former Chair of the Small Pelagic Fishery Industry Association,
- Peter and Una Rockliff, of Petuna Seafoods who have an longstanding relationship with AFMA as operators in Commonwealth fisheries,
- Sime (Sam) Sarin, of the Sarin Group who operate in the Commonwealth’s southern blue fin tuna sector,
- Michael Kailis from Kailis Seafood, long-term operators in Commonwealth fisheries.
This honour is presented to persons who have made a substantial positive difference to the seafood industry nationally over many years, who have outstanding personal and leadership qualities, and who are highly respected throughout the seafood industry. Peter and Una Rockliff also won the Industry Ambassador Award, for which Annie Jarrett was also a finalist.
Australia’s Best Fish and Chips award presented by the Assistant Minister for Agriculture and Water Resources went to the Northern Territory’s Frying Nemo for the panel-judged category, while the People’s Choice award went to Tasmania’s Gourmet Seafood.
And of course, while not technically an ‘official’ category, given our love of puns here at AFMA, we can’t overlook the public voted the Best Fish and Chips name in Australia – South Australia’s Stunned Mullet!
The full list of award winners can be found at seafooddirections.com. The next Seafood Directions Conference will be held in 2019.