Monday, 21 October 2019
Clean Seas Seafood
Last week at Clean Seas Seafood won the South Australian Exporter of the Year award at the Business SA 2019 Export Awards. They also won the Adelaide Airport Agribusiness, Food and Beverages Award. They also, in 2016 and 2017, won Best Fish at the Australian Food Awards. Their Spencer Gulf hiramasa kingfish is grown in the cold waters of Spencer Gulf. They have powerful marketing, great packaging, classy promotion and a superb product. Seven or eight years ago, their industry was in crisis when they were losing up to 80 per cent of their stock owing to a problem with the food supply. They retreated down to Port Lincoln, but they have stabilised those problems. They've overcome those problems, and they are back with a vengeance. They are planning to double production over the next three years, to 4,000 tonnes a year of premium product. They won $2½ million from the Regional Jobs and Investment Package into the Upper Spencer Gulf and have been negotiating to bring fish farming back to Whyalla, where it had been previously successfully done. They've had a few teething issues with the council, getting access to the marina there, but I am very confident that resolution will be found soon and this great industry will be expanding back at Whyalla.