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WA’s commercial fishing industry honours champions, WA Seafood Awards, Fremantle

WA’s commercial fishing industry honours its champions

Friday, 13 August 2021 at the WA Seafood Awards in Fremantle.

· 12 category winners named in most popular Seafood Industry Awards ever

· Champions to represent WA in next year's National Seafood Awards

· Western Australia confirmed as the foremost fishing State in Australia

Comments attributed to Fisheries Minister Don Punch:

"This year's dynamic dozen of winning companies and individuals have been honoured for keeping WA on the front foot in fishing, aquaculture and our seafood supply chain.

"Just last month, the Australian Institute of Marine Science Index of Marine Industry considered WA to be the foremost fishing State in Australia and for that we say thanks to the hard-working men and women who've put us there.

"Fishing businesses in WA worked hard through the economic impacts of COVID-19 and the awards celebrated the continued professionalism, commitment and ingenuity of the seafood industry through challenging times."

Award winners from 11 of the 12 categories will go on to represent WA at the National Seafood Awards in 2022, with the WA-only Deckhand Award recognising and rewarding the contributions and achievements of those at the coal-face of the industry.

Award and Sponsor Winner

Seafood Restaurant Award

Endeavour Foods Blue Manna Bistro

Consistently serving customers with quality seafood.

DPIRD Ben Pethick - Vessel Bowithick

Excellence in sustainable production, through innovation in fishing or aquaculture practices.

Seafood Business (Large)

Baker Refrigeration Seafresh Group

A business from in the seafood supply chain with ten or more staff and contributing to a positive public profile.

Seafood Business (Small)

Francis A Jones Ocean and Paddock, Albany

A business with less than 10 full-time staff showing growth, excellence, innovation and a positive public profile.

Safety Award

Sea Harvest Tanya Adams

Contributes to improving safety in the seafood industry.

Research, Development & Extension Award

Western Rock Lobster Council Abacus Fisheries Company P/L

Excellent research and development work leading to activity aimed at improving both sustainability and profit.

Environment Award

Woodside Energy Austral Fisheries

Reducing adverse seafood industry environmental impact.

Highly commended in the Environment Award category - Latitude Jewellers - Flotsam & Jetsam, The Fisherman's Daughter

People Development Award

Western Rock Lobster Council Women in Seafood Australasia

Building a better workforce through people development.

Seafood Industry Promotion Award

Austral Fisheries Shark Bay Prawn Trawler Operator's Assoc

Contributed substantially towards improving the public profile of seafood and/or the commercial seafood industry.

Young Achievers Award

Ward Packaging Manue Daniels

Under 35 and making a positive difference to the industry.

Highly commended in the Young Achievers category - Morgan Hand

Michael & Patricia Kailis Leadership Award

M G Kailis Dr George Kailis

Made a positive and substantial difference to the WA seafood industry over at least 20 years.

Deckhand Award (a WA‑only award)

Fins Seafood Thomas Breeze

Shows ongoing passion, work ethic and commitment.

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