New Zealand Seafood Sustainability Awards
Find out about the awards and how to enter.
About the awards
The awards celebrate industry, tangata whenua, and our communities who are dedicated to ensuring the sustainability of New Zealand’s fisheries and aquaculture. The theme is “Ngā kaitiaki o Tangaroa: Guardians of Seafood”.
It’s a chance to recognise individuals and groups that have been involved in innovation, science, leadership, or community engagement that promotes the present and future sustainability of New Zealand’s seafood sector.
18 October 2019: Entries open.
1 December 2019: Entries close.
January 2020: Finalists announced.
March 2020: Winners announced at the award’s ceremony in Wellington.
Entries for the inaugural New Zealand Seafood Sustainability Awards are now closed. Thank you so much to those who submitted nominations, finalists for the awards will be announced early February 2020.
Individuals, groups, communities, and organisations are eligible for nomination. The important thing is that they have made a significant innovation that promotes sustainability in New Zealand’s fisheries and aquaculture sector.
Nominations can be made by:
- anyone who knows of an individual, group, community, or organisation that is experimenting with innovative new ways to improve the seafood sector
- an employee who has been part of an innovative project
- an industry body that has seen great results from a member’s business.
You can also nominate yourself for any of the awards except the Emerging Leader Award or Minister of Fisheries’ Award.
If you are an individual or part of a group, community, or organisation who are making an effort, we encourage you to talk to your community, industry organisations, or regional bodies about nominating you for an award.
We’ll contact you if you’re nominated and let you know if we need more details.
Nominees must be individuals, groups, communities, or organisations who are actively involved in the seafood sector or provide support services to New Zealand’s seafood sector. Support services represent a diverse range of activities including:
- input manufacturing
- equipment manufacture and maintenance
- transport services
- professional services.
Permission must be sought from the nominee before a nomination is made.
Employees of the Ministry for Primary Industries (MPI) are not eligible for nomination.
All nominations must be supported by:
- a summary of the entry
- a detailed description of the programmes, processes, or practices that have been put in place to contribute to the sustainability of New Zealand’s seafood sector, and
- the nominee’s explanation of why the individual, organisation, or business deserves to be recognised.
Where appropriate, the nomination should include details of where and when noteworthy activities took place.
What will winners receive?
Winners and finalists of the New Zealand Seafood Sustainability Awards 2019/2020 will be recognised at an awards ceremony to be held in Wellington in March 2020. Finalists (or their representatives) and guests will be invited to attend free of charge. Up to 2 highly commended applications in each category may also be recognised and invited to attend the ceremony.
All finalists will receive a certificate of recognition.
Each category winner will be presented with a framed certificate. They will be acknowledged in the New Zealand Seafood Sustainability Awards 2019/2020 booklet and also receive:
- a trophy
- reimbursement for travel and accommodation for the award ceremony (for a representative plus 2 guests, up to $500)
- an invitation to participate in future MPI initiatives to promote good fisheries and aquaculture practices – for example, speaking engagements.
All other nominees for the New Zealand Seafood Sustainability Awards will be sent a certificate of recognition.
If you’re highly commended
Up to 2 entries in each category may be awarded a highly commended certificate and acknowledged in the New Zealand Seafood Sustainability Awards booklet.
This award recognises those who have:
- developed, invested in, or implemented an innovative product, tool, or method leading to more sustainable practice (such as catch efficiency, reduced by-catch, reduced waste, or full utilisation) within the last 24 months, or
- reduced their impacts on the natural environment through innovative practices.
This award recognises those who:
- are leaders in driving market access and engagement, advancing customer experience, and furthering marketing effectiveness and accountability through smart technology and marketing process
- seize an opportunity to improve an existing market or product, or create a new product that is not currently available in the market and consumers are willing to pay for, or
- contribute to the improvement of handling or processing techniques leading to reduced waste, better use of low value by-catch and by-products from existing fisheries, and development of value-added products.
This award recognises those who:
- demonstrate guardianship of the environment through spatial management, minimisation or mitigation of environmental impacts, or protection of vulnerable species (such as marine mammals, seabirds, inanga, tuna, or kōura), or
- make a significant contribution to the knowledge about sustainability that is held by our fishing and aquaculture communities or New Zealanders in general, through science and research, or education and engagement.
Sustainability is the key objective of the awards programme and is applicable across the first 3 categories, so all entrants in these categories will be considered for this supreme award.
This award recognises an individual who is:
- under 35 years of age at 14 October 2019
- an emerging leader in New Zealand's seafood sector, and
- already making a significant contribution to the sustainability of fisheries or aquaculture.
This award recognises:
- an individual or group who are making consistent and regular contributions to New Zealand’s seafood sector
- a champion of seafood sustainability or a developer of innovative methods or tools
- an exceptional commitment to responsible growth and best practice, or
- an outstanding contribution to New Zealand’s reputation for high quality and sustainable marine products.
Nominations will be assessed by the New Zealand Seafood Sustainability Awards 2019/2020 judging panel. This panel will comprise 5 respected professionals who:
- are independent of central government
- have expertise in a relevant area
- have a range of experience to cover the expected variety of entries (such as technical, conservation, production, market access, or support services).
What else you need to know
- Information contained in an award winner's nomination may be used by the Ministry for Primary Industries for promotional purposes.
- The judging panel reserves the right not to issue an award if, in its opinion, nominations do not adequately meet the criteria.
- Fisheries New Zealand will liaise with awards finalists regarding the details of their invitation to the awards dinner, and their participation in future initiatives to promote good practice in the seafood sector.
- Any final decisions regarding the arrangements and details of prizes lie with Fisheries New Zealand.
- Judging panel decisions are final and not subject to appeal.
- Nominations are confidential.
Who to contact
If you have any questions about the awards, email firstname.lastname@example.org