Excellence and innovation in the seafood industry are being rewarded with the Seafood Stars Awards that will be presented at the New Zealand Seafood Industry Conference this year, Chief Executive Tim Pankhurst says.

Our Quota Management System’s 30th anniversary this year is a great opportunity to celebrate industry progress with our very own seafood awards programme, Pankhurst says. 

“We are seeking nominations now and urge you to select your star achievers and tell us why you think they are the best choice. 

“For a dynamic industry that sets a global standard for sustainably managed, premium seafood, and posts robust export growth year on year, we don’t celebrate our own achievements enough. 

“The awards are a great way to reward innovation and excellence within our industry and tell stories about our seafood, our people and our ongoing commitment to sustainability.” 

Seafood Star Awards will run across all facets of the industry and will be presented to individuals who have made a significant contribution to the seafood industry: 

Seafood Innovations - Sustainability Award – 

For excellence in either developing and leading an activity that has contributed substantially towards protecting or rehabilitating aquatic environments, or reducing adverse seafood industry impacts on the environment, or developing and leading a research, development and extension activity that has contributed substantially towards a sustainable and profitable seafood industry. 

Seafood Star, Young Achiever Award – For young achiever (under 35 years of age) who 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. 

Seafood Star, Longstanding Service Award – Individual award for demonstrating 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. 

The awards will be presented during the Cocktail Function at the 2016 New Zealand Seafood Industry Conference on Wednesday, August 31 at Te Papa, Wellington. 

Select your award nominees, fill a separate nomination for each nominee (click here to download form), and email us your nominations on comms@seafood.org.nz or post them to Seafood Stars Awards, c/o Seafood New Zealand, PO Box 297, Wellington 6140.

Nominations close July 31, 2016.