queensland seafood industry awards

Friday 15th March 2024 / Rydges South Bank / Brisbane

Gala Dinner & Awards Presentation

QSMA is proud to announce the return of the Queensland Seafood Industry Awards. The 2024 Queensland Seafood Industry Awards will be presented on Friday, 15th March 2024 at the Rydges South Bank in Brisbane during a Gala Dinner and celebrations.

Pre-dinner Drinks: 6.30pm
Gala Dinner & Presentations: 7.00pm
Dress Code: Cocktail
Ticket: $199.00 

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ABOUT THE AWARDS

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 presented at  Seafood Directions Conference held from 10-12 September 2024 in Hobart, Tasmania.

GALA DINNER SPECIAL GUEST

The Gala Dinner will not only reveal the 2024 Queensland Seafood Industry Award winners but also provide Gala Dinner guests the opportunity to meet and mingle with Queensland’s celebrity chef and seafood enthusiast Chef Mel Alafaci also known as “Chef Mel – The Happy Chef”.

In addition to the awards presentation, dinner guests will be treated to an “after-dinner talk show” where Chef Mel Alafaci will join the evening’s MC to discuss “all things cooking and seafood”.

Is there anything you always wanted to ask a celebrity chef? Now you can.

Do you have a question for Chef Mel? Send us your question(s) and we will try to incorporate them into the conversation. Only condition, you have to be a Gala Dinner ticket holder and let us now your question before February 15, 2024.

So, don’t hold back.

Email us your question(s) with your name and seafood industry occupation (if applicable). If you prefer not to be named during the interview, no problem, just let us know.

ACCOMMODATION & VENUE

Why not overnight in Brisbane and stay at the Gala Dinner venue? Rydges South Bank offers sophisticated Brisbane accommodation with thoughtful amenities and Free WiFi in the city’s arts and entertainment precinct. Attendees can take advantage of a special 20% discount on best flexible rate offer.

Please note rooms are not being held for event guests and rates are subject to availability at the time of booking and discount may not be used in conjunction with any other offer. A 24 hour cancellation policy applies to all reservations. Any bookings cancelled after 14:00 the day prior will incur a charge equivalent to one night’s accommodation.

For bookings call Reservations on (07) 3364 0800 (please let Reservations know the event name and date) or use this special hotel online bookings link – discount is not available through the hotel’s public online booking.

Rydges South Bank Brisbane
9 Glenelg Street
South Brisbane, QLD 4101 Australia


Previous Winners & Finalists

Ambassador Award Winner 2022

The Queensland Seafood Marketers Association would like to congratulate all 2022 Queensland Seafood Industry Award winners and finalists.

WINNERS & FINALISTS

Queensland Seafood Industry Awards

AWARDS ENTRY DEADLINE EXTENDED.

All awards entries close Friday, 9th February, 2024

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.

AWARD CATEGORIES AND CRITERIA

The judging panel will evaluate each nomination against the judging criteria for each category. It will mark each criterion out of 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 a 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.

ENTRY FORM

To enter, please download awards entry form and return completed form by 9th February 2024.

Please attach this form to your written application. The written application should address all judging criteria and include at least one (1) photograph or image, and any supporting documentation you wish to be considered with this entry.

Download Form


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 demonstrated innovative ways of improving fishing or aquaculture practices
  • produced products that consistently met customer expectations
  • continually improved the delivery and marketing of its products to its customers
  • contributed 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 has contributed substantially towards a positive public profile for the seafood industry.

Judging criteria:

The business:

  • achieved sustained growth over many years
  • produced products and services that consistently met customer expectations
  • continually improved the delivery and marketing of its products and services to its customers
  • contributed substantially towards a positive public profile 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 has contributed substantially towards a positive public profile for the seafood industry.

Judging criteria:

The business:

  • achieved sustained growth over many years
  • produced products and services that consistently met customer expectations
  • continually improved the delivery and marketing of its products and services to its customers
  • contributed substantially towards a positive public profile for the seafood industry

Health and Safety Award

Presented to an entity that has demonstrated excellence in developing and undertaking a workplace health and safety activity that has contributed substantially towards improving the health and safety record of the seafood industry.

Judging criteria:

The activity:

  • addressed a high priority health or safety area or risk
  • was end-user driven, and produced outcomes that contributed substantially towards improving the health or safety record of the seafood industry
  • complied with relevant legislation and/or was certified to a recognised health or safety standard, and was supported by a formal health or safety management system.

Research, Development and Extension Award

Presented to an entity that has demonstrated excellence in developing and undertaking 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 to the sustainability and profitability of the seafood industry
  • was challenging, involved technical risk, and required systematic investigation and a high level of innovation and collaboration 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, collaboration 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 and diverse 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, and 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, providing them with an overall positive seafood dining experience, and has contributed substantially towards a positive public profile for the seafood industry.

Judging criteria: 

The restaurant:

  • served seafood meals that include quality and sustainable Australian seafood that taste good
  • consistently met customer expectations for service
  • provided customers with accurate information about the seafood components of the meals
  • complied with the Australian Standard for Fish Names and Country of Origin labelling (voluntarily where not legislated)
  • provided an ambience that compliments the seafood meals in providing customers with an overall positive seafood dining experience
  • contributed substantially towards a positive public profile for the seafood industry

Seafood Experience Award

Presented to an entity that has demonstrated excellence in developing and undertaking a positive, educative seafood experience activity with opportunities to consume Australian seafood, and has contributed substantially towards a positive public profile for the seafood industry. The experience may involve, but not limited to, seafood cooking, trails, tours and festivals.

Judging criteria:

The activity:

  • provided customers with a positive, educative seafood experience
  • provided opportunities to consume quality and sustainable Australian seafood that tastes good
  • consistently met customer expectations for service
  • provided customers with accurate information about the seafood
  • complied with the Australian Standard for Fish Names and Country of Origin labelling (voluntarily where not legislated)
  • contributed substantially towards a positive public profile for the seafood industry

Take-away Fish and Chips Award

Presented to a take-away food outlet that has demonstrated excellence in consistently providing customers with quality seafood, and has contributed substantially towards a positive public profile for the seafood industry

Judging criteria: 

The business:

  • served seafood that includes quality and sustainable Australian seafood that tastes good
  • consistently met customer expectations for service
  • provided customers with accurate information about the seafood
  • complies with the Australian Standard for Fish Names and Country of Origin labelling (voluntarily where not legislated)
  • contributed substantially towards a positive public profile for the seafood industry

Young Achiever Award

Presented to a person, under 35 years of age, who has demonstrated that he/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 made a substantial positive difference to the seafood industry over at least twenty years often beyond the bounds of the person’s enterprise or employment. The person has been highly effective and is a 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

To enter, please download awards entry form and return completed form by 9th February, 2024.

Please attach this form to your written application. The written application should address all judging criteria and include at least one (1) photograph or image, and any supporting documentation you wish to be considered with this entry.

Download Entry Form

SPONSORS

We would like to take this opportunity and thank all our sponsors for their generous support.

  • Raptis Seafood
  • QLD Government - Department of Agriculture and Fisheries
  • Debbie's Seafood
  • The Fish Girl
  • FRDC - Fisheries Research and Development Corporation
  • Seafarms
  • Aussie Seafood House
  • Australian Prawn Farmers Association
  • MG Kailis Group