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FRDC Media Release: The search for Australia's Best Fish & Chips begins

Media Release:

Launch of the Australian Fish and Chip Awards 2017

 Thursday 30 March 2017

Parliament House Press Gallery at 12.45pm

 

 

The search for Australia’s best Fish and chips begins

 

Eating fish and chips is an iconic Australian experience. Possibly more well-known than a pie at the footie. You can get fish and chips in just about every Australian town. But who can lay claim to having Australia’s best fish and chips? The search starts now and the competition is sure to be fierce.

 

Assistant Minister for Agriculture and Water Resources, Anne Ruston, today announces the start of the 2017 Australian Fish and Chips awards at Parliament House. The eve of Sustainable Seafood Day is a great time to kick of the Fish and Chips search and remind our seafood consuming nation that Australia’s fish and chips are the best because our fisheries are the best.

 

“Eating fish and chips is something that pretty much every Australian can relate to,” says Peter Horvat, the Fisheries Research and Development Corporation’s Communications, Trade and Marketing Manager, “for us it provides a common thread to connect with people to tell the story of Australia’s fisheries.”

 

“Australia has some of the best managed fisheries resources in the world. Managed to ensure that everyone can get a feed. Consumers can be confident when eating Australian fish, that the fish they eat comes from a sustainably managed fishery. This is because our fisheries are managed according to best available science.”

 

It doesn’t matter if its battered barramundi from the north, flake from Victoria or garfish from South Australia, there is a fish for all occasions and tastes. The search for Australia’s favourite fish and chips is about encouraging everyone to have their say.

 

Everyone has a story about fish and chips, whether it is eating them on the beach or the Friday night family feed. Fish and chips is intrinsic to who we are and we should not forget the fishers and farmers who make that possible.

 

About the Awards

 

Two award categories will run this year -  people’s choice and judge’s choice. The winners from both categories from the state and territories will go through to compete for the National Awards held Thursday 28 September at the International Convention Centre- Sydney.

 

Fish and chips shops and consumers are urged to get online and vote for their favourite via the Awards website www.fishandchipsawards.com.au

 

The National Seafood Industry Awards showcase the Australian seafood industry; its value to the national economy, its professionalism, and its commitment to supplying some of the finest seafood in the world to local, national and international markets. 

 

Media Release:

Launch of the Australian Fish and Chip Awards 2017

 Thursday 30 March 2017

Parliament House Press Gallery at 12.45pm

 

 

The search for Australia’s best Fish and chips begins

 

Eating fish and chips is an iconic Australian experience. Possibly more well-known than a pie at the footie. You can get fish and chips in just about every Australian town. But who can lay claim to having Australia’s best fish and chips? The search starts now and the competition is sure to be fierce.

 

Assistant Minister for Agriculture and Water Resources, Anne Ruston, today announces the start of the 2017 Australian Fish and Chips awards at Parliament House. The eve of Sustainable Seafood Day is a great time to kick of the Fish and Chips search and remind our seafood consuming nation that Australia’s fish and chips are the best because our fisheries are the best.

 

“Eating fish and chips is something that pretty much every Australian can relate to,” says Peter Horvat, the Fisheries Research and Development Corporation’s Communications, Trade and Marketing Manager, “for us it provides a common threa to connect with people to tell the story of Australia’s fisheries.”

 

“Australia has some of the best managed fisheries resources in the world. Managed to ensure that everyone can get a feed. Consumers can be confident when eating Australian fish, that the fish they eat comes from a sustainably managed fishery. This is because our fisheries are managed according to best available science.”

 

It doesn’t matter if its battered barramundi from the north, flake from Victoria or garfish from South Australia, there is a fish for all occasions and tastes. The search for Australia’s favourite fish and chips is about encouraging everyone to have their say.

 

Everyone has a story about fish and chips, whether it is eating them on the beach or the Friday night family feed. Fish and chips is intrinsic to who we are and we should not forget the fishers and farmers who make that possible.

 

About the Awards

 

Two award categories will run this year -  people’s choice and judge’s choice. The winners from both categories from the state and territories will go through to compete for the National Awards held Thursday 28 September at the International Convention Centre- Sydney.

 

Fish and chips shops and consumers are urged to get online and vote for their favourite via the Awards website www.fishandchipsawards.com.au

 

The National Seafood Industry Awards showcase the Australian seafood industry; its value to the national economy, its professionalism, and its commitment to supplying some of the finest seafood in the world to local, national and international markets. 

 

Voting Criteria

 

Fish and chips will be rated against a set of five criteria, whether by public or under-cover judge, to ensure the best is found.

  • Taste [50%] – the seafood tastes good.
  • Service [35%] – the service meets customer expectations. 
  • Choice [5%] – Seafood menu offers a range of seafood, including Australian seafood. 
  • Information [5%] – Customers are provided accurate information about the seafood.
  • Labelling [5%] – the menu complies with the Australian Standard for Fish Names and, highlights the seafood’s provenance (i.e. is labelled accurately).

Competition Timeline

 

  • 30 March 2017: State and territory awards open.

  • 28 September 2017: The National Awards will be presented at Seafood Directions at the National Seafood Industry Awards Dinner, held in the Grand Ballroom at the International Convention Centre-Sydney.

 

The Awards are being coordinated by the Fisheries Research and Development Corporation in partnership with the state and territory fishing industry councils. The competition to find the best fish and chips is an initiative of Fisheries Research Development Corporation to promote Australian seafood to Australians.

 

 

 

Media Contact: Peter Horvat +612 6285 0414

Manager Communications Trade and Marketing

Fisheries Research Development Corporation

25 Geils Court, Deakin ACT