Industry’s best take out the National Seafood Industry Awards
The night’s most prestigious award, the Industry Ambassador Award, was presented to Tasmanian aquaculture farmers Peter and Una Rockliff for their decades of service to the industry, which has greatly contributed to Tasmania being recognised as a sustainable and best practice seafood producer.
The award for Excellence in Environmental Practice went to Austral Fisheries for being the first carbon neutral seafood business in the world.
Tasmanian Gourmet Seafoods took out the hotly-contested People’s Choice Award for Best Fish and Chips, which this year received 95,000 votes from the public.
In attendance at the awards was Assistant Minister for Agriculture and Water Resources Senator the Hon. Anne Ruston, who was impressed by the widespread interest in this year’s search for Australia’s best fish and chips.
“The response right across the country has been fantastic, and I want to thank everyone who’s lodged a vote,” she said.
“Australians love their fish and chips, and many of us are very loyal to our favourite fish and chips shop.
“Another great thing about this contest is that it highlights the need to ensure our fisheries are managed sustainably so that future generations of Australians can enjoy a feed of fish and chips from their favourite shop or restaurant, just like we can.”
The formally judged category of Best Fish and Chips went to the Northern Territory’s Frying Nemo.
Sydney Fish Market was awarded the Safety Award for its commitment to ensuring the safety of its customers and workers, and for having maintained third-party safety certification for fourteen consecutive years.
The Young Achiever Award went to Asher Flynn, operations manager of Fremantle Octopus, meanwhile the Small and Large Business Awards went to Humpty Doo Barramundi and Bass Strait Direct respectively. Ocean Grown Abalone won the Primary Producer category, Spring Bay Seafoods won the Research, Development and Extension award, and Commercial Fishing Operations Skills for Northern Territory Indigenous Communities took out the People Development award.
The awards took place in conjunction with the Seafood Directions 2017 conference, which saw delegates connect and discuss the industry’s challenges under the theme “Sea the Future”.