13 March 2024


With the highly anticipated biennial ۵ַ Seafood Excellence Awards only a few weeks away, ۵ַ is pleased to announce and congratulate this year’s honoured finalists. 

The Seafood Excellence Awards showcase the seafood industry’s top players across 11 categories for their contribution to the economy, professionalism, and commitment to supplying high quality seafood to local, national and international markets. 

This year's finalists are as follows:

Besuto Omakase

Clean Seas Seafood

Coffs Harbour Fishermen’s Cooperative

Commercial Fishermen’s Cooperative

Fish in the Family

Mitch Sanders

Narooma Oyster Festival

OceanWatch Australia

Paul Aquilina

Professional Fishers Association


The Byrnes Family

The Poyer’s Restaurant

Troy Billin

Tuna Australia

Wallis Lake Fishermen’s Cooperative

4 Seas


These finalists are invited to a prestigious cocktail event which will take place on The Jackson in Sydney Harbour on the evening of Tuesday 23rd April 2024, where the winners of each category will be announced.

This exclusive evening is the premier seafood event in New South Wales, welcoming the industry’s top players, including commercial fishers and aquaculturists, retailers, exporters, wholesalers, and restaurateurs, as well as key government and environmental agencies, media, and gastronomes. 

Following the event, many of the winners of the ۵ַ Seafood Excellence Awards will also be put forward as the NSW nominees for the National Seafood Industry Awards.   

۵ַ CEO Greg Dyer said the biennial event is something he always looks forward to as it offers a great opportunity to recognise the contributions of those in the industry. 

“The Seafood Excellence Awards pay tribute to every facet of the seafood industry, from ocean to plate. We’re proud of the individuals and organisations that work hard to ensure Australia’s global reputation as a producer of premium seafood is maintained, and welcome this opportunity to recognise their efforts,” said Mr Dyer.  

“I would also like to take this opportunity to thank our valued sponsors, without whom this event would not be possible.”

This year’s esteemed sponsors include: Bayton Group, NSW Department of Primary Industries, Essence Project Management, Fisheries Research and Development Corporation (FRDC), NSW Food Authority, DEC PR, Commercial Fishermen’s Co-op, Aquarius Lawyers, Mainfreight, and K&L Gates.

۵ַ heartily congratulates all finalists for their fantastic work, their passion for the seafood industry, their professionalism, and their commitment to supplying some of the finest seafood in the world to local, national, and international markets.


For further information about the awards, please visit: 


All award categories as follows:

  • Environment Award
  • Primary Producer Award (NSW)
  • Primary Producer Award (Interstate/overseas)
  • Best Seafood Restaurant Award (NSW)
  • Seafood Business Award
  • Safety Award
  • Research, Development & Extension Award
  • Promotion Award
  • People Development Award
  • Young Achiever Award
  • Star of the Sea

- ENDS -

For more information, please contact:

DEC PR for ۵ַ

Mobile: 0439 455 636



Lara Jones

۵ַ Consumer Marketing Manager

Mobile: 0425 100 611



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