Held in Perth, at the conclusion of the Seafood Directions 2015 conference, the awards showcased the best of best in the Australian industry this year.
Fisheries Minister Ken Baston said apart from the four category wins, an entrant from WA had received special encouragement as a young achiever, and two fishing identities were honoured for their outstanding personal and leadership qualities.
“With stars like these working to deliver high quality and innovative seafood ideas here in WA, it’s no wonder our State has a bright future in delivering a world-class, sustainable seafood industry,” Mr Baston said.
“Small Business Award winner Central Seafoods, for example, has been a fast-growing chain of stores that is focused on contemporary online marketing strategies that have earned support through clear product labelling, and also by promoting previously underutilised seafood species.
“Incontro in South Perth was the stand out restaurant in the State Seafood Industry awards earlier this year and it has now beaten popular eateries in the Northern Territory and Tasmania to clinch the National Restaurant Award.
“Curtin University’s Dr Janet Howieson and Patrick O’Brien from West Coast Institute of Training showed the way in the People Development Award, being recognised for their valuable series of training videos for apprentice chefs learning about seafood preparation.
“And, WA also picked up an award for its joint effort with Queensland on the Australian Council of Prawn Fisheries’ ‘Love Australian Prawns’ promotional campaign.”
The Minister said Western Australian Young Achiever Award winner Phillip Clark from Focus Fisheries received an Encouragement Award at the National Seafood Industry Awards.
“Phillip impresses many people with his leadership skills and his passion and enthusiasm for the seafood and fishing industry,” Mr Baston said.
“We should also be proud of the Western Australian inductees to the National Hall of Fame, with former and long-serving Western Australian Fishing Industry Council chairman John Cole being honoured alongside the late Terry Adams who, among his industry achievements, founded WA’s commercial abalone diving industry at Augusta in the late 1960s.”