Hon Dave Kelly BA MLA

Hon Dave Kelly BA MLA

Minister for Water; Forestry; Youth

    Innovation and sustainability driving WA Seafood Industry Award winners

    26/07/2019 8:05 AM
    • Fourteen Western Australian seafood champions recognised at WA industry awards
    • WA's Seafood Industry supports an estimated 10,000 jobs
    • Fishing and Aquaculture activity is worth more than $1 billion each year to WA

    Fourteen Western Australian seafood industry stars last night scooped top honours at the WA Seafood Industry Awards for their professionalism and commitment to supplying some of the world's finest seafood to local, national and international markets.


    Every two years, the Western Australian Fishing Industry Council (WAFIC) hosts the awards to celebrate the industry's energy, its people, its history and looks forward to new sustainable seafood practices and innovation.


    The trophy for the best in WA's Seafood Industry, the Michael Kailis Leadership Award, was collected by Jim Mendolia for his decades of positive work as a fisher, innovator, processor and promoter. Mr Mendolia is acclaimed for putting Fremantle sardines on the culinary map.


    Justine Arnold was crowned 2019 Young Achiever for her entrepreneurship in our State's rapidly expanding aquaculture sector. New to the WA awards this year was the Deckhand Award which was scooped up by enthusiastic abalone deckhand Joel Benn.


    Thirteen WA award winners will now compete in Melbourne in October at the biennial Seafood Directions Conference.


    In 2017, WA won four of the national awards and Leonie Noble and the late Michael Kailis were inducted into the National Seafood Hall of Fame for their leadership, dedication and contributions to the Australian seafood industry.


    Comments attributed to Fisheries and Science Minister Dave Kelly:


    "I applaud the WA winners and awards host, WAFIC, for their commitment to this important industry that supports thousands of WA jobs, many in regional areas.


    "These winners are innovators making the industry safer or more efficient and promoters of quality WA Seafood.


    "There's no doubt about the leadership qualities of Jim Mendolia, he's been the friendly face of Fremantle fishing for decades and always strived to deliver quality seafood.


    "He is certainly a very worthy winner of the prestigious 2019 WA Seafood Industry Leadership Award.


    "Well done to Joel Benn for winning the newest Seafood Industry Award - the Deckhand Award. Joel is a young and enthusiastic abalone deckhand from WA's South-West with a great work ethic."

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    Western Australia's seafood industry stars were shining brightly in Fremantle overnight, at the 2019 WA Seafood Industry Awards, with excellence acknowledged across 14 categories.


    Michael Kailis Leadership AwardMG KailisJim MendoliaHas made a positive and substantial difference to the WA seafood industry over at least 20 years
    Young Achievers AwardConocoPhillipsJustine ArnoldUnder 35 and has made a positive, respected difference to the industry

     Deckhand Award (a WA-only award)

     Austral Fisheries

     Joel Benn

    Shows ongoing passion, work ethic and commitment

    Seafood Industry Promotion AwardAJ Baker & Sons Commercial Refrigeration Don HanceyOutstanding efforts to improve the public profile of seafood
     Seafood Industry Producer AwardDepartment of Primary Industries and Regional Development

     BP Fishing Pty Ltd

    To a seafood industry primary producer for excellence in the sustainable supply of quality seafood
    People Development AwardINPEXIndian Ocean Fresh Australia Pty LtdBuilding a better workforce through people development
    Environment AwardWoodside EnergyMendolia Seafoods' plastic- free Burley BrickReducing adverse seafood industry environmental impact
    Research, Development and Extension AwardSantosAustralian Council of Prawn Fisheries & Australian Prawn Farmers AssociationExcellent research and development work leading to activity aimed at improving both sustainability/profit
    Safety AwardGeraldton Fishermen's Co-operativePaspaley Pearling CompanyContributes to improving safety in the seafood industry
    Seafood Business (Large) AwardFrancis A JonesEndeavour FoodsA business from in the seafood supply chain with ten or more staff and a positive public profile
    Seafood Business (Small) AwardBailey's Marine Fuels AustraliaFins Seafood A business with less than 10 full-time staff showing excellence/ innovation/growth
    Seafood Restaurant AwardEndeavour FoodsCook & MasonConsistently the best seafood restaurant
    Fish & Chips AwardMareterram FisheriesOcean and Paddock (Albany)Judged by a panel for consistent quality

     People's Choice Fish & Chips Award

     Bendotti Exporters
     Pinjarra Fish & Chips
     Consumers voted it best fish & chip shop