Jon Ford

Jon Ford

Minister for Employment Protection; Regional Development; Fisheries; the Kimberley, Pilbara and Gascoyne

    WA fishing pioneer wins national acclaim for his work

    15/09/2005 12:00 AM

    Western Australian Theodosios (Theo) G Kailis has been officially recognised on the national stage for his enormous contribution to the fishing industry.

    Fisheries Minister Jon Ford congratulated Mr Kailis on winning the prestigious Icon Award at the third Australian Seafood Industry Awards in Sydney.

    “As executive chairman of Kailis and France, Theo Kailis has helped shape many aspects of the State’s $1.2billion fishing industry,” Mr Ford said.

    “From early in his career, Mr Kailis demonstrated a flair for innovation and a determination to pursue and introduce new ideas.”

    The Minister said another WA category winner at last night’s awards was Action Supermarkets Fresh Seafood Division, which won the Business Award.

    “Action Supermarkets have been recognised for their commitment to supply the highest quality seafood to Western Australians over many years,” he said.

    “Nearly all of Action’s seafood is sourced locally and the company has contracts with WA fishers to ensure a consistently high quality product.”

    Other WA finalists in the eight categories included:
    • Kailis Bros. Fish Caf� - Seafood Restaurant Award;
    • Fremantle Octopus Pty Ltd - Research and Development Award;
    • Jenny Hodder - Seafood Industry Promotion Award; and
    • Catalano Seafoods - Seafood Training Award.
    Mr Ford said WA’s high profile at the awards reinforced its leadership role within the national fishing industry.

    The awards recognise excellence within the industry and showcase the professionalism of fishers, marketers, processors, researchers, retailers and restaurateurs.

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