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Seafood industry recognises its “stars”

Thursday 20 October 2016

The awards are part of the industry’s celebrations to mark the 30th anniversary of the Quota Management System and were made at a cocktail function following the annual seafood industry conference.

Dave Sharp announces Seafood Stars Awards winners at the cocktail function.

“Every day in fishing communities around the country thousands of people go to work to contribute to our $1.8 billion export industry whether it’s putting to sea in our inshore fisheries, working away from home in our deepwater fisheries, working on salmon and mussel farms, or onshore processing and marketing our products,” Seafood New Zealand Chief Executive Pankhurst said.

“There are thousands of stars in our industry. We have recognised five of them with these awards.”

Those nominated to receive an award under the following categories were:

Longstanding Service Award

Doug Saunders-Loder, NZ Federation of Commercial Fishermen

Rob Pooley, Marine Farming Association

Phillip Clow, Whitianga/Coromandel Peninsula Commercial Fishermen’s Association

Donna Wells, Finestkind Ltd

Seafood Innovations - Sustainability Award

Richard Wells, Resource Wise

Brian Kiddie, Bay of Plenty Fishermen’s Association

Dr David Middleton, Trident Systems

Scott Murray, Mt Cook Alpine Salmon

Dave Kellian, Leigh Commercial Fishermen’s Association

Young Achiever Award

Adam Clow, Southern Cross Fishing

Oliver Wilson, Trident Systems

Tom Searle, Leigh Fisheries

Te Tane Trinick, Mt Cook Alpine Salmon

The Seafood Stars Longstanding Service Award went to (left) Doug Saunders-Loder (Motueka), President of the New Zealand Federation of Commercial Fishermen, and (right) Rob Pooley (Marlborough), President New Zealand Marine Farming Association.


Whitianga’s Adam Clow (left) and Auckland’s Te Tane Trinick (right) were honoured with the Young Achiever Award.


Warkworth’s Dave Kellian (below) won the Seafood Innovations - Sustainability Award.

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