Petuna founders catch top national gong
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.