queensland seafood industry awards

Friday 30th June 2017 / Rydges South Bank / Brisbane

Awards Dinner & Presentation

The Queensland Seafood Industry Awards showcase the Queensland 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. As is the case in previous years, State Award winners will go on to the National Seafood Awards at Seafood Directions in September 2017.

This year’s  Queensland Seafood Industry Awards are presented at the Gala Dinner following the one day Seafood Marketing Symposium.

Accommodation

Special accommodation arrangements have been made with Rydges South Bank for symposium delegates and awards ceremony participants. Room numbers are limited, so make sure you register and book your room early. To book special room rates, click  – 10% Discount Rydges South Bank – or call hotel reservation on +61 7 3364 0800 and quote “Queensland Seafood Marketers Association”.

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Queensland Seafood Industry Awards

30 June 2017 | Rydges South Bank | Brisbane

Start: 7.00pm (pre-dinner drinks from 6.30pm)

Dress: Cocktail

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Judging Process

The judging will be undertaken by a panel of up to three experts. Three are to be selected by the Queensland Seafood Marketers Association, one representing wild-catch, one representing aquaculture and one representing post-harvest with neither from the state/NT hosting the Seafood Directions conference in that year. In selecting the panel, QSMA 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;
  • 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 Queensland Seafood Awards Gala Dinner.

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


Entry Form & Details

Complete and return entry form by 15 May 2017.

The QSMA is seeking further Award Sponsorship, Product Sponsorship and support for the presentation of the Queensland Seafood Industry Awards 2017. For further enquiries, please do not hesitate to contact us or call James Fogarty on 0418 770 338.

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Thank You

QSMA would like to thank the Fisheries Research and Development Corporation for their support of the 2017 Queensland Seafood Industry Awards.

Fisheries Research and Development Corporation

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 where 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.

‘Quality seafood’ means seafood that is safe to eat and looks and tastes good.

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.

Changes to Take-away Fish and Chips Award

The Take-away Fish and Chips Award category has been replaced by The Australian Fish and Chips Awards and its two categories:

  1. People’s Choice Fish and Chips Awards;
  2. Fish and Chips Awards

State winners will be presented at the Queensland Seafood Industry Awards Gala Dinner and will go into the running for the National Award. 

This new award is judged differently, so make sure you read the information and entry details carefully. See QSMA’s Australian Fish and Chips Awards page for details.


Primary Producer Award

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
  • consistently meets customer expectations for quality seafood
  • contributes substantially towards a positive public profile for the seafood industry

Business Award (Large)

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 future 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 for quality
    contributes substantially towards a positive future for the seafood industry

Business Award (Small)

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 future 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 for quality
  • contributes substantially towards a positive future for the seafood industry

Safety Award

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

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

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

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

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

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:

  • Seafood meals consistently meet customer expectations for quality seafood.
  • Seafood meals include Australian seafood.
  • Customers are provided accurate information about the seafood components of the meals.
  • The menu complies with the Australian Standard for Fish Names and, preferably, provenance labelling.
  • The ambience of the restaurant compliments the seafood meals in providing customers with an overall positive seafood dining experience.
  • The restaurant contributes towards improving the public profile of seafood.

Young Achiever Award

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

(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

Entry Form & Details

Complete and return entry form by 15 May 2017.

The QSMA is seeking further Award Sponsorship, Product Sponsorship and support for the presentation of the Queensland Seafood Industry Awards 2017. For further enquiries, please do not hesitate to contact us or call James Fogarty on 0418 770 338.

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