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Australia’s most sustainable seafood revealed in Sustainable Seafood Awards 2021

March 8, 2021

And the Winners are…

This year’s Sustainable Seafood Awards is hosted by the Aquaculture Stewardship Council (ASC) and the Marine Stewardship Council (MSC) , and commends people and organisations that are leading the way in protecting the future of our seafood. The awards were judged by a panel of highly regarded members of the sustainability and environment sectors such as Fairtrade Australia and New Zealand, Ocean Watch Australia and Ocean Future Fund.

Six awards were given along with six commendations and a lifetime achievement award was nominated to an outstanding individual at this years Sustainable Seafood Awards in Australia.

Simon Topatig from KB Food Co

KB Seafood Co receives ASC’s Best Responsible Seafood award, for it’s Australian ASC certified Yellowtail Kingfish retail product. KB Food Co was also highly commended by the ASC for being a responsible Seafood importer.

Duncan Leadbitter from the Aquaculture Stewardship Council said, “Not only do we want to recognise the aquaculture farms that are located in some of the most beautiful parts in the country, but we are also wholeheartedly impressed by the overall supply chain that has taken the extra step to ensure our seafood is responsibly sourced.”

Brett Patience and Mark Boulter from Bidfood

Leading Australian food distributor, Bidfood takes ASC’s Best Seafood Importer Award due to its commitment to responsible sourcing of both domestic and imported seafood.

Kanish Nadarajah and Caitlyn Richards from Coles

Coles Supermarkets gains a hat-trick of wins, receiving awards across MSC Highly Commended Sustainable Seafood Product – WA rock lobster, MSC Best Sustainable Seafood Supermarket and ASC highly commended seafood importer. 

Bill Wall from Woolworths

MSC Austral Fisheries Glacier 51 Toothfish has taken out the title as Best MSC Sustainable Seafood Product for the second year running joined with newly Marine Stewardship Council certified Fremantle Octopus range. 

Model and Science Communicator Laura Wells presenting the Sustainable Seafood Awards

The MSC and ASC annual Lifetime Achievement Award is granted to Tasmanian based marine ecologist and mathematical modeller, Dr Keith Sainsbury who devoted his time working at the CSIRO for over 20 years and has made significant contributions to sustainable methods in fishery management.

Sustainable Seafood Awards 2021 winners:

  • Community champion – MSC: Harley & Johns
  • Best supermarket – MSC: Coles Supermarkets
  • Best sustainable product – MSC: 
    • Glacier 51 Toothfish – Austral
    • Fremantle Octopus Range – Fremantle Octopus
    • Highly commendable product – MSC
      • Crumbed Australian Prawn Cutlets – Bidfood
      • Just Caught Crumbed Fish Fillets Multiseed – KB Food Company
      • Coles Western Australian Rock Lobsters – Coles
      • OceanRise Pink Salmon 130g – ALDI
    • Best product – ASC: 
      • ASC certified Yellowtail  Kingfish – KB Seafood Company
    • Highly commendable product – ASC:
      • Woolworths Smoked Oysters – Woolworths
    • Responsible seafood importer – ASC: Bidfood
  • Highly commended seafood importer – ASC: KB Foods and Coles Supermarkets
  • Lifetime achievement award – MSC and ASC: Keith Sainsbury


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