The Sustainable Seafood Awards Australia recognise organisations and individuals making a significant contribution to ensure we have fish forever. The annual awards are run by the Marine Stewardship Council in partnership with the Aquaculture Stewardship Council.
The 2023 award winners
ALDI, Austral and Mars Petcare were awarded for their commitment to certified sustainable seafood.
MSC judging panelThe MSC judging panel includes seafood and sustainability experts from within Australia and around the world.
Chef Charlotte Langley
Chief Culinary Officer & Co-Founder of Scout Canning
Dr Chris Calogeras
Director, C-AID Consultants
Dr Daniel Bergin
Associate Director, Globescan
Dr Darian McBain
CEO and Founder of Outsourced Chief Sustainability Officer Asia (OCSO Asia)
Dr Darian McBain is a globally experienced Chief Sustainability Officer (CSO), advisor and board member. She is a world recognised expert, speaker and author on sustainability, ESG, supply chains, business human rights and sustainable finance. Darian was the Global Director of Corporate Affairs & Sustainability for Thai Union, a multi-billion dollar listed FMCG company operating globally and headquartered in Asia. With Thai Union she created an award winning sustainability strategy which was ranked first in the food category of the Dow Jones Sustainability Index and Seafood Stewardship Index for multiple years. She is a UN SDG Pioneer for a Sustainable Ocean Economy 2021, a Fast Company Most Creative People in Business 2020, and was named one of Asia's Top Sustainability Superwomen.
MSC Lifetime Achivement Award Winner, 2022
Partner, Terra Moana Ltd
Founder & CEO, Sustainable Choice
Based in Melbourne, Kiarne is an accomplished marketer and business strategist who has more than 16 years experience working with some of Australia's most loved brands. Kiarne is now dedicating her career to advancing sustainable development in business through the use of smart technology, honest communication and democratising information. She is the founder of Sustainable Choice, a new digital platform that simplifies ESG (environmental, social and governance) communications for businesses and consumers, by making it easy for brands to publish, track and substantiate their sustainability credentials transparently.
Food with Purpose
A sought-after host, live presenter, educator, cook and passionate fermenter - Mandy Hall has worked with and learnt from some of the biggest names in industry. With exceptional food knowledge and a deep love for industry, Mandy continues to shine the spotlight, championing and telling the stories of our food industry from chefs and producers to a focus on the reduction of food waste, preservation, sustainability and provenance. Consulting with food producers with a view to creating new products and uses for byproducts or lesser-known ingredients is a passion. Most recently Mandy created Aussie Hospo for Ukraine whereby she gathered together the Australian hospitality network to raise a significant amount of money for charity and was an integral part of the Storytellers Series for Tasting Australia.
CEO, Foodservice Suppliers Association of Australia (FSAA)
Program Manager for Environment, OceanWatch Australia
Managing Director, Food Industry Foresight
Terms and conditionsDisqualification may occur if your entry does not meet these terms and conditions.
View the full 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 and 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 https://www.msc.org/en-au/what-we-are-doing/the-sustainable-seafood-awards-australia for the MSC and at https://au.asc-aqua.org/what-you-can-do/campaigns/the-sustainable-seafood-awards-australia-2023/ for the ASC.
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 it by post to The Marine Stewardship Council, PO Box 61, Caringbah, 1495 NSW or email to [email protected] 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 place during the 2022 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 Monday, 16 January 2023, and close on Friday, 24 February 2023, at 6 pm (AEDT) for MSC awards. The winners will be announced and listed on the MSC website and can start communicating their award win from 12:01 am (AEDT) on Monday, 27 March 2023.
9. There is no entry cost for the Awards.
10. Each entry must have a single contact person to communicate 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, 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 [email protected]
21. These terms and conditions are governed by and will be interpreted in accordance with the laws of the Commonwealth of Australia. 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.
Last updated: 16 January 2023
Get in touch
For more information and to ask questions, please get in touch with the MSC Oceania marketing team: [email protected]
Past award winners
Coles, ALDI, Tassal, Simplot, Tuna Australia and Mars Petcare are amongst the 18 winners named across 13 categories in the sixth Sustainable Seafood Awards Australia, run by the Marine Stewardship Council (MSC) and the Aquaculture Stewardship Council (ASC).
Read the full list of the 2022 award winners
Austral Fisheries Glacier 51 Toothfish has taken out the title of Best Sustainable Seafood Product for the second year running, this time shared with the newly Marine Stewardship Council certified Fremantle Octopus range. Meanwhile, the Aquaculture Stewardship Council certified Australian Clean Seas kingfish scooped the accolade for Best Responsible Seafood Product.
Read the full list of the 2021 award winners
Coles, ALDI, Woolworths, Taronga Zoo and Austral Fisheries were amongst those named in the Marine Stewardship Council’s 2020 Sustainable Seafood Awards Australia.
Read the full list of the 2020 award winners
Coles, John West, IKEA and Taronga Zoo are celebrated in the national awards.
Read the full list of the 2019 award winners
There were no awards this year.
Simplot, Sealord, Taronga Zoo, Coles and Mandurah Crabfest all take home awards.
Sustainable Seafood Week Australia 2023
An annual event which champions action to protect fish and marine life, 27 March - 2 April, forming part of the Fish Forever campaign.