Entries are now open for the New Zealand Seafood Sustainability Awards.
Fisheries Minister Stuart Nash has announced the newly established New Zealand Seafood Sustainability Awards to recognise and celebrate those throughout industry, tangata whenua, and communities who demonstrate outstanding dedication and innovation towards the sustainability of New Zealand’s seafood sector.
“It is important we celebrate those who have made significant contributions to New Zealand’s seafood sector and recognise their efforts towards sustainability.
“Sustainability of New Zealand’s wild fish stocks, aquaculture, and the wider aquatic environment, now and for future generations, is my priority as Minister of Fisheries, and recognising innovation and the adoption of best practice methods is critical to encouraging sustainability in our seafood sector.
“New Zealand has one of the world’s largest exclusive economic zones, which provides for the social, cultural, and economic wellbeing of all New Zealanders. These awards acknowledge that the long-term health and sustainable use of our moana is important to everyone – our lifestyles, our livelihoods, and our unique marine environment depend on it,” the Minister said.
Nominees might be innovators, scientists, commercial fishers, customary fishers, recreational fishers, marine farmers, community groups, or seafood support businesses. This could include anyone who has taken an active interest in the continuous improvement of New Zealand’s seafood sector.
Seafood Sustainability Awards will offer a range of categories to celebrate the various forms of innovation and champions of sustainability across the sector.
The award categories include:
- the Operation Innovation Award
- the Market Innovation and Value-added Award
- the Kaitiakitanga Award
- the Supreme Sustainability Award
- the Emerging Leader Award
- Minister of Fisheries’ Award
Entries to the awards opened on Thursday, 17 October and will close on Friday, 22 November.
Finalists will be announced in January 2020 and winners will be announced in March 2020 at a special awards dinner and ceremony in Parliament Buildings, Wellington.
More information on the New Zealand Seafood Sustainability Awards and how to enter is available at fisheries.govt.nz/awards2020.
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