New Zealand King Salmon were thrilled to be awarded two Seafood Stars Awards by Seafood New Zealand, the Covid-19 Response Award and the Future Development Innovation Award.

The Seafood Stars Awards, now in their fifth year, are presented to those who showcase excellence in one of the following categories: Future Development Innovation, Longstanding Service and Young Achiever. This year, in recognition of the outstanding leadership, collaboration and initiatives observed during the pandemic, a fourth category was generated: the Covid-19 Response Award.

New Zealand King Salmon’s health and safety initiatives and commitment to their employees during the pandemic collectively earned them the Covid-19 Response Award. Special mention went to the Senior Leadership Team including Grant Rosewarne, Andrew Clark, Jemma McCowan, Graeme Tregidga, Alan Cook and Shaun Young, as well as Engineering Project Supervisor Joe de Roo and Health Safety and Wellness Manager Cameron Johnston.

Senior Project Manager Adrian King won the 2020 Future Development Innovation Award for establishing a sustainable solution for feeding multiple salmon farms from a single location using a communications network. This project has not only made feeding more effective and efficient, it also has clear sustainability and environmental advantages including fewer boat movements, reduced transport for team members and faster sharing of information.

While those who go above and beyond in the industry are normally acknowledged at the Seafood New Zealand conference, this year that was not possible. However Seafood New Zealand Chief Executive Dr Jeremy Helson said the quality of this years’ Seafood Stars Awards winners was exceptional.