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NATIONAL SEAFOOD INDUSTRY AWARDS

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The National Seafood Industry Awards showcase the Australian seafood industry; its value to the national economy, its professionalism, and its commitment to supplying some of the finest seafood in the world to local, national and international markets.  

It does this through recognising and celebrating the positive contributions of individuals, partnerships, businesses and organisations towards a sustainable and profitable Australian seafood industry.

The awards are presented at the Gala Dinner of the seafood industry’s biennial Seafood Directions conference. 

Conditions of entry

The awards process is articulated with the states/NT playing an important initial role.The following conditions apply to nominations:

  • There is to be only one nomination for each category from each state/NT peak body, except for inductees to the Hall of Fame for which separate Conditions of Induction apply (see below).
  • Nominees should be the winner of a similar award category at the state/NT awards.
  • Where there are no state/NT awards, the state/NT peak body may establish an alternative process to select nominees.
  • Nominators may use the same documentation used for the equivalent state/NT awards providing they:
    • conform to these national guidelines
    • complete the Entry Form via the link
  • Information provided in the nominations may be used by the Seafood Directions organising committee for promotional purposes.
  • Nominations must be received no later than Friday, 25th August.

Judging process

The judging will be undertaken by a panel of up to five experts.   Two are to be selected by the National Seafood Industry Alliance (NSIA), or its successor, representing wild-catch and aquaculture respectively, with neither from the state/NT hosting the Seafood Directions conference in that year.   The remainder are to be selected by the Seafood Directions organising committee.   In selecting the panel, NSIA and the organising committee should take into account the desirability of:

  • a diversity of knowledge and experience, that may come from people from outside the seafood industry
  • a mix of national and state/NT representation
  • gender diversity
  • minimal conflict of interest

The judging panel will select three finalists, including the winner for each category.These will be announced at the Seafood Directions Gala Dinner.   The panel will also select the inductees to the Hall of Fame.

The judging panel’s decision will be final and no discussion will be entered into.

Award categories and criteria

The judging panel will evaluate each nomination against the judging criteria for each category. It will mark each criterion out five, with each criterion receiving equal weighting. 

Nominations should, therefore, provide comprehensive information about the nominee, and strong evidence of how, and to what degree, the nominee meets the criteria.   Where possible the nomination should include quantitative as well as qualitative evidence. 

Importantly, the nomination should state wherea criterion is not applicable to a nominee.

Any reference to the seafood industry applies to wild-catch and aquaculture and any segment of the supply chain.

An ‘entity’ means a person, partnership, business or organisation at national, state/NT, regional or sector level.

Where the award criterion refers to an ‘activity’ it may apply to an on-going role of the nominee, a one-off project, or an event undertaken or managed by the nominee.

Primary Producer Award - Sponsored by A Raptis & Sons PTY LTD

Presented to a seafood primary producer that has demonstrated excellence in the sustainable production of quality seafood through innovation in fishing or aquaculture practices, and that has contributed substantially towards a positive public profile for the seafood industry.

Judging criteria:

The producer:

  • continually demonstrates innovative ways of improving production practices
  • produces products that consistently meet customer expectations
  • continually improves the delivery and marketing of its products to its customers
  • contributes substantially towards a positive public profile for the seafood industry

Business Award (Large)- Sponsored by Seafood Industry Australia

Presented to a seafood business employing the equivalent of ten or more full time staff involved in any segment of the supply chain that has demonstrated business growth, innovation, excellence in product, service and marketing, and that has contributed substantially towards a positive public profile for the seafood industry.

Judging criteria:

The business:

  • has achieved sustained growth
  • produces products and services that consistently meet customer expectations
  • continually improves the delivery and marketing of its products and services to its customers
  • contributes substantially towards a positive public profile for the seafood industry

Business Award (Small)- Sponsored by NSW Seafood Industry Council 

Presented to a seafood business employing less than the equivalent of ten full time staff involved in any segment of the supply chain that has demonstrated business growth, innovation, excellence in product, service and marketing, and that has contributed substantially towards a positive public profile for the seafood industry.

Judging criteria:

The business:

  • has achieved sustained growth
  • continually improves the delivery and marketing of its products and services to its customers
  • produces products and services that consistently meet customer expectations
  • contributes substantially towards a positive public profile for the seafood industry

Safety Award - Sponsored by the Australian Maritime Safety Authority

Presented to an entity that has demonstrated excellence in developing and maintaining a culture of safety that has contributed substantially towards improving the safety record of the seafood industry.

Judging criteria:

The activity:

  • addressed a high priority safety area or risk
  • was end-user driven, and produced outcomes that contributed towards the safety record of the seafood industry

Research, Development and Extension Award -Sponsored by Woodside

Presented to an entity that has demonstrated excellence in developing and undertaking a research, development and extension activity that has contributed substantially towards a sustainable and profitable seafood industry.  

Judging criteria:

The activity:

  • addressed a high priority for the seafood industry
  • was end-user driven, and produced outcomes that contributed towards the sustainability and profitability of the seafood industry
  • was challenging, involved technical risk, and required systematic investigation and a high level of innovation to achieve the planned outcome

Environment Award - Sponsered by The Star Sydney

Presented to an entity that has demonstrated excellence in developing and undertaking an environmental activity that has contributed substantially towards protecting or rehabilitating aquatic environments, or reducing adverse seafood industry impacts on the environment.

Judging criteria:

The activity:

  • addressed a high priority for the seafood industry
  • was end-user driven and produced outcomes that contributed towards protecting or rehabilitating aquatic environments, or reducing adverse seafood industry impacts on the environment
  • was challenging, required a high level of innovation, and direct action and/or extension to achieve the planned outcome
  • involved other users of the environment

People Development Award- Sponsored by the NSW Fishing Industry Training Committee 

Presented to an entity that has demonstrated excellence in developing and undertaking a people development activity that has contributed substantially towards a higher performing workforce for the seafood industry.

Judging criteria:

The activity:

  • addressed a high priority for the seafood industry
  • resulted in more people with higher qualifications or skills working in the seafood industry
  • employed innovative ways to develop seafood industry people
  • employed innovative ways to attract and/or retain seafood industry people
  • was supported by planning, reviewing and continual improvement processes

(Where the activity involved formal vocational training, it complied with the National Seafood Industry Training Package)

Promotion Award - Sponsored by Honey and Fox Pty Ltd

Presented to an entity that has demonstrated excellence in developing and undertaking a promotion activity that has contributed substantially towards improving the public profile of seafood and/or the seafood industry.

Judging criteria:

The activity:

  • addressed a high priority for the seafood industry
  • was end-user driven and produced outcomes that contributed towards improving the public profile of seafood and/or the seafood industry
  • was challenging, required a high level of innovation and direct action to achieve the planned outcome

Restaurant Award - Sponsored by Sanford Ltd

Presented to a restaurant that has demonstrated excellence in consistently serving customers with quality seafood, and providing them with an overall positive seafood dining experience.

Judging criteria: 

The restaurant:

  • serves seafood meals that tastes good
  • consistently meets customer expectations for service
  • serves seafood meals that include Australian seafood
  • provides customers with accurate information about the seafood components of the meals
  • complies with the Australian Standard for Fish Names and, preferably, provenance labelling
  • provides an ambience that compliments the seafood meals in providing customers with an overall positive seafood dining experience
  • contributes substantially towards a positive public profile for the seafood industry

Take-away Fish and Chips Award - Sponsored by the Fisheries Research and Development Corporation 

Presented to a take-away food outlet that has demonstrated excellence in consistently providing customers with quality seafood.

Judging criteria:

The business:

  • serves seafood that tastes good
  • consistently meets customer expectations for service
  • serves seafood that includes Australian seafood
  • provides customers with accurate information about the seafood
  • complies with the Australian Standard for Fish Names and, preferably, provenance labelling
  • contributes substantially towards a positive public profile for the seafood industry

Young Achiever Award - Sponsored by the Professional Fishermen’s Association, Commercial Fishermen’s Co-operative and the Coffs Harbour Fishermen’s Co-operative 

  

Presented to a person, under 35 years of age, who has demonstrated that he or she has made a positive difference to the seafood industry, and has the potential to continue to develop as an effective and respected seafood industry leader.

Judging criteria:

The person:

  • has made a positive difference to the seafood industry
  • is committed to effect positive change through leadership and innovation
  • is respected by industry colleagues

Industry Ambassador Award - Sponsored by the Western Australian Fishing Industry Council

 

(This can be awarded only once to an individual at the National Seafood Industry Awards) 

Presented to a person who has demonstrated that he or she has made a substantial positive difference to the seafood industry over many years, and who has been a highly effective and respected seafood industry leader.

Judging criteria:

The person

  • has made a substantial and sustained positive difference to the seafood industry
  • has effected positive change through leadership and innovation
  • is highly respected by industry colleagues

Inductees to the Hall of Fame - Sponsored by Viscount Plasitcs

 

(This applies to the National Seafood Industry Awards only)

Presented to persons who have made substantial positive differences to the seafood industry, normally at a national level, over many years, who have outstanding personal and leadership qualities, and who are highly respected throughout the seafood industry.

Conditions of induction

The induction of persons to the Hall of Fame is neither a competitive nor an articulated process, and therefore the number of persons inducted may vary from year to year.

Nominations may be made by:

  • state/NT peak bodies
  • national peak bodies (such as National Seafood Industry Alliance, National Aquaculture Council and Women’s Industry Network Seafood Community)
  • sector associations and councils

and may include:

  • previous winners of awards at a national/state/NT level   
  • persons whose contributions to the seafood industry have not  previously been recognised at a national/state/NT level   

Nominations from national bodies are particularly important to ensuring the nominations of persons whose contributions have been at a national level and who, for that reason, may not have been nominated for state/NT awards. 

In selecting inductees the judging panel will ensure that a high standard of induction is maintained.   Consequently, it may seek additional information from nominators and other bodies and persons.

See Conditions of Entry above for details on how to make a nomination

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