Two Australian seafood products have shared this year’s top honours in the Sustainable Seafood Awards 2021, organised by the Marine Stewardship Council and the Aquaculture Stewardship Council.
The winning seafood are Austral Fisheries Glacier 51 Toothfish, which won the award last year, joined by the recently certified Fremantle Octopus range.
ASC-certified Australian Clean Seas kingfish was named Best Responsible Seafood Product.
Glacier 51 Toothfish was also recently recognised as the world’s first carbon-neutral seafood. The fish is sustainably caught in underwater volcanic crevices 2000m below sea level in an isolated fishery near Heard Island in the Sub Antarctic region.
The Fremantle Octopus range won recognition for a selection of three Western Australian-sourced raw, cooked and marinated octopus.
And the Australian Clean Seas kingfish received the ASC award for its highly sustainable farming practices located in Spencer Gulf, South Australia.
Six other awards were given, along with six commendations and a lifetime achievement award was nominated to an outstanding individual.
Coles Supermarkets received awards for MSC Highly Commended Sustainable Seafood Product – WA rock lobster, MSC Best Sustainable Seafood Supermarket and ASC highly commended seafood importer.
The MSC awarded Wollongong based seafood store, Harley & Johns won the community champion award for its dedication to serving sustainable seafood within its local community.
Australian food distributor, Bidfood received ASC’s Best Seafood Importer Award for its commitment to the responsible sourcing of domestic and imported seafood.
The MSC and ASC annual Lifetime Achievement Award is granted to Tasmanian based marine ecologist and mathematical modeller, Dr Keith Sainsbury who devoted his time working at the CSIRO for over 20 years and has made significant contributions to sustainable methods in fishery management.
“We’re honoured to work with fisheries, suppliers and retailers who are making a positive difference in protecting the future of our major food source that is truly wild,” said Anne Gabriel from the Marine Stewardship Council. “We want to acknowledge their efforts in making a sustainable future.”