The Sustainable Seafood Awards Australia

The annual Sustainable Seafood awards are organised by the Aquaculture Stewardship Council in partnership with the Marine Stewardship Council. The Awards recognise Organisations and individuals who make significant contributions towards ensuring we will have “Fish Forever” by supporting responsible aquaculture and sustainable fishing practices.

Sustainable Seafood Awards 2021 Taronga Zoo
Sustainable Seafood Awards 2021 Taronga Zoo

Important dates

Applications and nominations for the Sustainable Seafood Awards Australia 2022 open January 2022.

  • entries open on Monday 31 January 2022
  • entries close on Tuesday 22 February 2022
  • Judging takes place
  • Award winners announced on Monday 21 March 2021.
  • Winners can start public communication during Sustainable Seafood Week Australia

Your entry or nomination must arrive before the closing deadline of 6 pm AEST 22 February 2022

How to enter

To apply or nominate for ASC award categories, please download and fill in the relevant form/s below and email to

The awards are open to MSC and ASC partner organisations registered and based in Australia as well as individuals based in Australia who have made a significant contribution to the  ASC vision and mission and/or the MSC vision and mission. Criteria for eligibility  is listed within each category. You can also view the MSC award categories here.

What winners will receive

  • Award trophy
  • Certificate
  • Awards digital graphics for use on banners, packaging and websites
  • Unique marketing claim
  • PR and marketing support to communicate your win
  • Speaking engagements and preferential marketing opportunities


1. ASC AWARDS CATEGORIES – By application

You may enter more than one category but a new application form must be completed for each.

 Download Application form Here


  • Recognises a company that has a sourcing commitment to ensuring that seafood traded (importer or exporter) into or out of Australia is responsibly farmed and meets ASC standards for environmental and social parameters
  • The product should either be ASC labeled prior to entry to Australia or there is evidence that the product is used in conjunction with the ASC label after import into Australia or the importing country (for exports).

Note (1): the term importer may apply to any company in the supply chain that is involved in sourcing or selling ASC certified and labeled product produced outside Australia. The entity may be the actual importing company, a distributor with commitments to sourcing ASC products or a retailer/food service outlet. The product has to be farmed outside Australia – it cannot be Australian product that is exported for processing and then imported.

Note (2): the importer may import the product in bulk and it may then be repackaged. The importer needs to be in possession of a valid Chain of Custody certificate and at least one of the buyers needs to make product available to consumers bearing the ASC label.

Note (3): the term exporter may apply to any company in the supply chain that is involved in sourcing or selling seafood for export that is farmed on an ASC certified farm in Australia. The entity may be the actual exporting company or an Australia-based distributor with commitments to sourcing ASC product.

Note (4): the exporter may export the product in bulk and it may then be repackaged prior to sale. The exporter needs to be in possession of a valid Chain of Custody certificate and at least one of the buyers needs to make product available to consumers bearing the ASC label.


This award is for an Australia based producer that has successful certified farms, either new ones or have recertified an existing farm because the benefits make the expenditure worthwhile.

The award criteria are as follows:

  • The farm owner makes publicly available information about the farm and how its management either mitigates impact on the environment or improves environmental outcomes;
  • The farm owner highlights any specific social indicators that demonstrate how the relationship between the farm and the nearby community is advanced (if such a community is in place)


 There are two awards in this product category that recognise an existing seafood product and a product launched in 2021 or early 2022. Each product must:

  •  have the ASC green label visible and correctly applied on pack;
  • communicate the sustainability story behind the product;
  • be part of a range of products available


This award recognises a retailer chain that:

  • has multiple ASC labelled products for sale;
  • uses the ASC green label visibly and correctly on product, in-store and online (where applicable);
  • encourages its staff to talk with pride and knowledge about their ASC commitments;
  • promotes its sustainable seafood messaging with the ASC in public channels;
  • has a strong public commitment to continue and increase the sourcing of ASC certified seafood;
  • has a comprehensive sustainable sourcing policy in place 
Sustainable Seafood Award Winners
Sustainable Seafood Award Winners 2021, Taronga Zoo

2. ASC AWARDS CATEGORIES – By nomination

You can nominate an individual or organisation by using the nomination form.

Sustainable Seafood Awards Australia 2022 – nomination form here


Aquaculture is a growing rural activity in Australia and has the potential to provide employment and training opportunities, especially for young people. This award aims to recognize a young (<30) person who is involved at the producer level in aquaculture in Australia. The award will focus on a person:

  • who is employed in an ASC certified production facility in any capacity (farmhand, hatchery work, sales, administration, amongst others);
  • has undergone a training program (formal, vocational) aimed at enhancing their skills

The ASC recognizes that land-based production facilities may be located in cities but the aim of this award is to focus on rural development. Consideration will be given to an outstanding candidate from a farm located in/close to an urban area.


The ASC is aware that businesses that engage with certification often have wider commitments to making progress on issues such as waste, packaging, energy sourcing and the like. This award is aimed at those companies, anywhere in the supply chain which, whilst being certified to an ASC Standard (farm or traceability) also implement a range of other initiatives that improve environmental and social performance.

The criteria look for new policies and procedures or innovative approaches to one or more of the following areas:

  • Recycling – measures to recycle materials in the production process or encourage recycling of customer level packaging
  • Plastics – measures to reduce the use of plastics made from fossil fuels
  • Energy – measures to reduce energy use or source energy from renewable sources.
  • Going beyond ASC requirements – innovative methods in place for exceeding the requirements set out in the relevant ASC Standard


 This award recognises an individual or small business that:

  • uses the ASC green label visibly and correctly;
  • encourages staff to talk with pride and knowledge about sustainability;
  • promotes its sustainability commitments;
  • has ASC certified and labelled fish available to buy;
  • has demonstrated support to their local community as a result of their commitment to ASC certification.

Judging details

The MSC and the ASC will assess the applications to fact check any claims. A judging panel of industry peers will then score the applications. The judges are looking for authenticity, innovation, impact, inspiration, and an ongoing commitment to sustainability.

Get in touch

We welcome any questions you may have if you are thinking of applying. Please do not hesitate to contact us. For more information  please get in touch with Duncan Leadbitter

Terms and conditions

Disqualification may occur if your entry does not meet these terms and conditions. 

By entering the Sustainable Seafood Awards Australia (the Awards), you agree to be bound by these terms and conditions. The Marine Stewardship Council and the Aquaculture Stewardship Council (the Organisers) are the joint organisers of the Awards.

1. The Awards are open to partners of the Organisers who are registered and based in Australia as well as individuals who are based in Australia who have made a significant contribution to the vision and mission of the Organisers. Each category will state if it is for an organisation or an individual. 

2. The criteria for each award category is listed with its description on the awards web-page at 

3. Your entry must be factually correct. Upon reviewing your application, the Organisers will fact check against its own records. Only factually correct applications will be submitted to the judging panel for judging. 

4. To enter the Awards you must complete the entry form and submit either by post to The Marine Stewardship Council, Building 6, 202 Nicholson Parade, Cronulla, 2230, NSW or email to before the closing date and time. Late entries will be accepted at the discretion of the Organisers.

5. You may apply to enter more than one category, but you must submit a separate form for each category.

6. Your entry must relate to a relevant activity that took part during the 2021 calendar year. Supporting evidence should be supplied.

7. You agree that your application and supporting evidence can be shared with the relevant judges.

8. Entry submissions open on Wednesday 31 January 2022 and close on Tuesday 22 February 2022 at 6 pm (AEST) for MSC and joint MSC & ASC awards. The winners will be announced and listed on the MSC website and can start communicating their award win from 12:01 am (AEST) on 21 March 2022.

9. There is no entry cost for the Awards.

10. Each entry must have a single contact person for all communication with the Organisers. 

11. You agree to provide supporting evidence including but not limited to imagery, video, weblinks and data in the format requested by the Organisers.

12. You agree to the Organisers using any or all of your application and supporting evidence in any media, marketing, and promotional activities associated with the Awards without prior consent.

13. Some award categories will be judged. Awards judges cannot be entered in the category they are judging.

14. If any awards judge has a conflict of interest regarding an entry, that judge will not judge that entry and may be removed from judging the category in which that entry is entered. The Organisers will decide whether there is a conflict of interest and welcome any information you might have to support this decision. Once the decision has been made it will be final and no correspondence will be entered into.

15. Judges will judge based on a scorecard. There will be a pass/fail mark and so entries achieving over the pass mark will then be eligible to win. Each category will have at least two judges assessing the entries. Scores will then be averaged per entry. The entry with the highest average score will win. Where relevant, runner up positions will be based on the next highest scores. In the event of a tie, the Organisers will take a deciding vote. The judges’ decisions are final and no correspondence will be entered into.

16. If evidence emerges at any time that shows misconduct such as (but not limited to) influencing the judges or falsifying evidence, then the Organisers reserve the right to remove an application or award at any time.

17. The Organisers reserve the right to change the dates or cancel the Awards or to amend these terms and conditions, without prior notice.

18. You (individual or organisation) must not be under investigation by any Australian or international statutory body during the application process.

19. If there are zero applications for a category, or if the only applications entered do not meet the criteria, then there will be no award for that category. The Organisers will use their discretion and any decision is final with no correspondence entered into. The Organisers will do their best to encourage entries.

20. The Organisers accept no responsibility for failed delivery of an application. You are welcome to check that we have received it by emailing

21. These terms and conditions are governed by and will be interpreted in accordance with the laws of the Commonwealth of Australia, and the Courts of the Commonwealth of Australia will have exclusive jurisdiction.

22. Privacy: The Organisers may collect personal information from you (such as your name, home/business address, and email) for the purpose of facilitating your participation in the Awards. It may be provided to the Organisers partnered delivery agents to assist with the public communications of the Awards. If you wish to opt out of this, please indicate the personal information you would like to withhold within your application. 

23. Data controller: The Marine Stewardship Council is the data controller and will store and process your data in line with its privacy policy on behalf of the Organisers.




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