Seafood Superheros recognised in MSC annual awards

The Marine Stewardship Council (MSC) has  announced the winners of its annual Sustainable Seafood Awards Australia, which it runs in partnership with the Aquaculture Stewardship Council (ASC).

The announcements, which were made as part of Sustainable Seafood Week last month, saw a range of awards presented.

  • ALDI won the MSC Best Sustainable Seafood Supermarket for their wide range of affordable and accessible MSC-labelled products and their continued commitment to ocean health.
  • The MSC Best Sustainable Seafood Product Award went to Austral Fisheries for their Karumba Banana Prawns available at Woolworths.
  • The MSC Best Sustainable Petfood Product Award to Mars Petcare Australia for their DINE Pulled Menu – Gravy Indulgence with Tuna.
  • The prestigious MSC Lifetime Achievement Award was presented to Manni Kalisperis from Simplot for his legacy in pioneering a long-term movement towards sustainable fishing and sustainable seafood.
  • Goolwa PipiCo in South Australia was awarded the MSC Community Champion Award for their world-leading efforts in community engagement and first nations reconciliation.
  • Brad Adams from Rare Foods Australia was named MSC Sustainable Fishing Hero for his leadership and pioneering approach to embedding sustainability values within the world’s first commercial abalone ranch.

Rupert Howes, MSC Chief Executive Officer said the award recipients were creating a wave of change.

“There is growing recognition that food systems must be transformed – that achieving the UN Sustainable Development Goals requires shifting toward a system that is more diverse, resilient, and just, as well as healthier.

“These awards recognise what we’re seeing globally, signs that brands are stepping up their commitment to source only sustainable and certified seafood,” he said.

Australian consumers now have access to a wide choice of MSC-certified sustainable seafood, with over 300 products available across different categories, including canned, chilled, frozen, pet and health and wellbeing supplements.

The judging panel included seafood and sustainability experts from within Australia and around the world. The judges scored entries by looking for impact, leadership, commitment, collaboration and momentum.