Pe­tuna founders catch top na­tional gong

Tasmanian Country - - OPINION -

PE­TUNA founders Peter and Una Rock­liff have been recog­nised for their con­tri­bu­tion to the seafood in­dus­try.

The Rock­liffs have been in­ducted into the Na­tional Seafood In­dus­try’s hall of fame and re­ceived an in­dus­try am­bas­sador award.

Tas­ma­nian Seafood In­dus­try Coun­cil chief ex­ec­u­tive Ju­lian Har­ring­ton said the Rock­liffs were wor­thy re­cip­i­ents.

Tas­ma­nia was suc­cess­ful in sev­eral other award cat­e­gories as well.

“Tas­ma­nia well and truly punched above its weight, tak­ing out four awards and an in­ductee into the hall of fame,” Mr Har­ring­ton said.

The award for re­search, devel­op­ment and ex­ten­sion went too Spring Bay Seafoods for its re­search into rapid test­ing of biotox­ins in shell­fish.

In a huge coup for Tas­ma­nian cus­tomers, Fr­eycinet Ma­rine Farm took out the cov­eted seafood restau­rant award for the best seafood restau­rant in the na­tion.

In the peo­ple’s choice awards Tas­ma­nian Gourmet Seafoods near Ho­bart took out the gong for thebest fish and chips.

Premier Will con­grat­u­lated the Hodg­man Rock­liffs, say­ing they had stayed true to their ethos of sell­ing qual­ity Tas­ma­nian seafood since buy­ing their first fish­ing boat in 1949.

“It is fam­i­lies like this who have helped to give Tas­ma­nia the world-class seafood rep­u­ta­tion it has to­day,” he said.

This is the first time a Tas­ma­nian seafood busi­ness has re­ceived the recog­ni­tion of the in­dus­try’s high­est hon­our.

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