Held annually, the Sustainable Seafood Awards focus on encouraging fisheries, suppliers and their retailers to be sustainable and protect the future of seafood.
Hosted this year by the Marine Stewardship Council (MSC) and Aquaculture Stewardship Council (ASC), the judges included members from sustainable organisations such as Fairtrade Australia and New Zealand, Ocean Watch Australia and Ocean Future Fund.
Six awards and commendations were given as well as a lifetime achievement award, given to an outstanding individual.
Keith Sainsbury, a marine ecologist based in Tasmania was awarded the 2021 lifetime achievement for his contributions to sustainable fishing management.
The Marine Stewardship Council (MSC) Austral Fisheries won the title of Best Sustainable Seafood Product for the second year with its Glacier 51 Toothfish: The world’s first carbon neutral seafood. The Glacier 51 Toothfish is sustainably caught 2,000 metres below sea level in underwater volcanic crevices at Heard Island, a sub-Antarctic region.
KB Seafood Co received ASC’s Best Responsible Seafood award for its Australian ASC certified Yellowtail Kingfish retail product and was also highly commended by the ASC for being a responsible seafood importer.
The full Sustainable Seafood Awards 2021 winners are:
- Community champion – MSC: Harley & Johns
- Best supermarket – MSC: Coles Supermarkets
- Best sustainable product – MSC:
- Glacier 51 Toothfish – Austral
- Fremantle Octopus Range – Fremantle Octopus
- Highly commendable product – MSC
- Crumbed Australian Prawn Cutlets – Bidfood
- Just Caught Crumbed Fish Fillets Multiseed – KB Food Company
- Coles Western Australian Rock Lobsters – Coles
- OceanRise Pink Salmon 130g – ALDI
- Best product – ASC:
- Australian Clean Seas Kingfish – KB Seafood Company
- Highly commendable product – ASC:
- Woolworths Smoked Oysters – Woolworths
- Responsible seafood importer – ASC: Bidfood
- Highly commended seafood importer – ASC: KB Foods and Coles Supermarkets
- Lifetime achievement award – MSC and ASC: Keith Sainsbury
Duncan Leadbitter a member of the Aquaculture Stewardship Council said, “Not only do we want to recognise the aquaculture farms that are located in some of the most beautiful parts in the country, but we are also wholeheartedly impressed by the overall supply chain that has taken the extra step to ensure our seafood is responsibly sourced.”