National Seafood Hall of Fame
Congratulations to all National Seafood Hall of Fame inductees.
Every two years the National Seafood Industry Awards selects the winner of the national icon award for the seafood industry. The award is presented to a person who has demonstrated that he or she has made a substantial positive difference to the seafood industry over many years, and who has been a highly effective and respected seafood industry leader.
The people who are recognised as industry ambassadors (previously industry icons) do not seek recognition or praise. They do not see being recognised as a competition. They do it because they are passionate about the seafood industry in which they work.
In 2013 the National Seafood Industry Hall of Fame was established to recognise the many men and women who have been selected and chosen by their peers as industry icons. The Hall of Fame seeks to create a permanent record of their dedication and achievements.
In the first year of the Seafood Hall of Fame, 32 previous winners and runners-up of the national icon awards from 1999 to 2011 were inducted.
In 2015 the National Seafood Industry Hall of Fame received three new inductees:
- Peter Dundas-Smith (NSW)
- John Cole, AM (WA)
- Terry Adams (dec.) (WA)
Media Release: Launch National Seafood Hall of Fame in 2013 [1.8 MB]
Don Dew started buying and processing fish in his backyard, in the late 1970s, delivering it to customers in regional South Australia who otherwise found it difficult to buy fresh fish. His business grew and he founded Nolava Seafoods, continuing to supply country people with fresh fish through IGA supermarkets. After selling up he spent 18 months working as national sales manager for the South Australian Fishermen's Co-Operative Limited (SAFCOL) and as a fish market auctioneer. In 1986, he founded Fish Magic Baits and Berley, which he ran with his son for 10 years, supplying Kmart stores. Within months of handing over this business to his son, Don was appointed manager of SAFCOL's Central Fish Market in Adelaide. Don was involved in many committees in the seafood industry, and was well respected for his high ethical standards and his way with people. Don died in October 2010.
Domenico Fazio has been commercially fishing in the Northern Territory for more than 40 years and has been at the centre of major developments in several of the territory's fisheries, including the Barramundi, Coastal Line, Shark and Spanish Mackerel fisheries. One of the first to introduce the 'fresh on ice' concept for Barramundi and King Threadfin in NT, he has also been instrumental in ensuring careful, conservation-based fisheries management for the Barramundi fishery. He has been chairman of the Commercial Fishermen's Association, member of the NT Seafood Council board, Barramundi Fishery Advisory Committee representative and Shark Fishery Management Advisory Committee representative. Throughout, he has remained committed to fish conservation, research and the environment.
Eric Barker is a recipient of the Western Australian fishing industry's Icon of the Year Award, for his many years of service to the state's rocklobster industry. Eric began his career with the WA Fisheries Department in 1957 as an enforcement officer. He later transferred to the research section, initially working on projects in Shark Bay, Carnarvon and the Exmouth Gulf, before moving into rocklobster research, where he worked for the remainder of this career, retiring in 2010.
David Carter started life in the fishing industry as a deckhand on a prawn trawler in the Gulf of Carpentaria after graduating with a science degree from the University of Melbourne in 1978. Since then he has worked his way through a range of operational and market roles to attain his current position as CEO of Austral Fisheries Pty Ltd. He has had continuous involvement with the Northern Prawn Fishery for 35 years and has been involved in the development of Australia's sub Antarctic Fisheries since their discovery in the late 1990s. A champion for sustainability, David has led his three fisheries in which Austral operates to be certified by the Marine Stewardship Council. He was also named in the 100 most powerful executives in the global seafood industry by IntraFish Media in 2012.
From humble beginnings with a seafood stall at Paddy's Market in 1974, George Costi went on to found one of Australia's most successful seafood businesses, De Costi Seafoods. For more than 30 years, he championed the seafood industry in and through the media. George's passion for the industry is demonstrated through his numerous associations with industry bodies including the Fisheries Research Development Corporation, Sydney Fish Market board of directors and the Sydney Fish Market tenants and merchants board, and the Master Fish Merchants' Association of Australia.
A commercial fisher for many decades, Geoff Fidden is well respected for his knowledge and contribution to the fishing industry. Geoff was elected to several committees including OceanWatch and the New South Wales Fishing Industry Training Committee and the NSW Fishermen's Co-operative Association. His major achievement was as a member of the Newcastle Commercial Fishermen's Co-operative for 19 years, 14 of those as chairman, during which time he helped to guide it to become one of the strongest and most progressive co-operatives in NSW.
Horst Fischer was born in 1941 in Germany, becoming an engineer before he and his family emigrated to Australia in 1970. After working as an abalone diver, he established his own operation catching eels and European Carp. The success of his carp business allowed him to expand offshore, where he was instrumental in establishing the South East Non-Trawl Fishery, notably for Blue Warehou and Blue-Eye Trevalla. Along the way, the boats grew from dinghies to large aluminium catamarans, built in his own factory, using his engineering background to refine fishing gear, techniques and vessel design. In 2007, Horst moved to Darwin and has been active in the development and restructuring of the highly successful Northern Territory offshore snapper fishery. He is also a strong advocate for NT's seafood labelling laws.
Involved in the seafood industry for nearly 30 years, Ziko Ilic is a proactive and well-respected member of the seafood industry whose vision is to make the Northern Territory's seafood industry recognised for its freshness and quality. His enthusiasm and passion for the industry is evident in all of his business ventures where he is constantly breaking new ground in areas such as value adding, sustainability and marketing, to improve the performance of his own investments and the industry as a whole. Ziko actively campaigns to maintain the long-term sustainability of the fishing industry and to keep NT waters pristine for future generations. He has served as chairman of the NT Seafood Council, chairman and vice chairman of the NT Barramundi Licensee Committee, co-director and funder of the Darwin Seafood Festival and coordinator of NT's Tropical Seafood Expo.
Henry Jones has spent much of his life working as a community volunteer as well as being a fisher and considers this as having played an important part in the longevity and acceptance of the Coorong and Lower Lakes fishery. Henry has given a long-term commitment to the environment as the face of the Lower Lakes community, advocating for more environmental freshwater flows to the region. Decorated with a plethora of community and government awards, Henry's efforts have given his fishing industry an up-front public reputation as an important resource to the community.
Bob Kearney, Emeritus Professor of Fisheries at the University of Canberra, has been a highly respected figure in the seafood industry for many years for his efforts in ensuring good science is always at the core of fisheries management and conservation. As a passionate campaigner for the marine environment and sustainable fishing practices, he is an excellent role model for the industry. His research and hard work is a significant contribution for the development of the seafood industry.
Ted Loveday began fishing on trawlers in Queensland in the early 1970s and became a successful owner/operator of prawn and scallop trawlers before becoming president of the Queensland Seafood Industry Association in 1989. He was the force behind the establishment of Seafood Services Australia (SSA) in 2001, and was appointed as managing director. His achievements through SSA include environmental and food safety standards, progress and support for trade and market access, the SSA industry network, seafood and health initiatives, the Australian Seafood Standard and the Australian Fish Names Standard. For many decades, Ted has been an advocate of fishers' rights and entitlements, and the development of a profitable, progressive, sustainable seafood industry.
Len McCall has been actively involved in the Victorian abalone industry since 1966. Apart from being an active diver, he has made a sustained contribution to the administration of the fishing industry as a whole in Victoria and beyond. While he was president of the Western Abalone Divers Association, the association was awarded the 2007 Coastal Award for Excellence in the 'Innovation' category and was runner-up in the 2004 Department of Primary Industries Hugh McKay Innovators Award. He introduced fine-scale management, which helped the Western Zone recover more quickly than other zones from the devastating effects of the abalone viral ganglioneuritis outbreak in 2006. This system of management of the abalone resource will ensure that there is a sustainable future for abalone fishers in the Western Zone.
Bill Pearce was manager at Newcastle Commercial Fishermen's Co-operative for more than 25 years until his retirement in 2010, during which time he helped the co-op to become the most successful in New South Wales. He was also crucial to the financing and construction of the current multi-million dollar co-operative premises. Bill also participated in the privatisation of Sydney Fish Market and represented industry on several committees including the NSW Seafood Industry Council, OceanWatch, Registered Fish Receivers and the Seafood Industry Advisory Forum. He was secretary of the Central Region Fishermen's Co-operative Association for five years and in 1994, he initiated the formation of the NSW Fishermen's Co-operative Association and continued as the secretary for a further eight years.
Salvatore Puglisi (known as Tory) was instrumental in the establishment and success of the Ulladulla Fishermen's Co-operative on the New South Wales south coast. As a founding member and director, he was later elected as co-op chairman, a position he held for 20 years. He became a member of the NSW Fish Marketing Authority in 1978 and later held the position of deputy chairman. In 1988 he received the Bicentennial Award from the Australian Government for his dedication and contribution to the Australian seafood industry. Tory was highly respected both in the industry and as a leader of the Ulladulla community where he was honoured as the Patron of Ulladulla's Blessing of the Fleet Festival for many years. Tory died in May 2009.
Milan Rapp is a pioneer of the South Australian fishing industry and a leader in the development of the state's seafood export industry. Shortly after arriving in Australia as a political refugee in 1950 he started buying crayfish and cooking them behind a cafe in Port Adelaide. As his business grew, he pioneered the exports of prawns, lobsters and Southern Bluefin Tuna. He and other local industry members established the Port Lincoln Tuna Processors, the largest seafood processing facility in the state and the last fish cannery in Australia; he was the company's managing director. Milan helped to establish the Seafood Processors and Exporters Council, chairing it for 41 years until he retired, aged 81, in 2012. He was also a long-serving director of the SA Fishing Industry Council, Seafood Industry Training Council, Primary Industry Skills Council, National SeafoodIndustry Training Council and National AQIS Ministerial Seafood ExportConsultative Committee.
John Sealey's 20-year contribution to improving the occupational health and safety of crews on fishing vessels has had significant benefits for the industry. He has also represented the fishing industry on numerous consultative committees over the years relating to individual fishery sectors and the Victorian industry. John has played an integral role in the annual Queenscliff Seafood Feast since its inception more than 10 years ago, coordinating the donation of seafood from the Victorian fishing industry. All proceeds from the day are donated to the Melbourne Royal Children's Hospital. He continues to make an outstanding contribution to his local community of Portland through his involvement in Rotary and other local initiatives. In 2006, he was awarded a medal of the Order of Australia for his services to the fishing industry and the community.
John Cole, AM
Based in the small fishing town of Dongara in Western Australia, John Cole has been actively involved in the fishing industry for more than 50 years, taking on leadership roles at a local, state and national level. These ranged from the Dongara Professional Fishermen’s Association to the chair of the Western Australian Fishing Industry Council. John Cole was also heavily involved in the consultation process that helped to establish the FRDC and the Australian Fisheries Management Authority in the 1990s. In 1990 John was awarded membership in the Order of Australia (General Division) AM for services to the fishing industry. He also helped to initiate the process that led to the formation of the Western Rock Lobster Council, serving as chair in 2009-10, and continuing as a director today.
Peter Dundas-Smith has shown leadership and dedication to the future of the Australian seafood industry through his numerous varied roles over the past 22 years. These roles have included: inaugural executive director, FRDC; chair, Aquafin Cooperative Research Centre (CRC); chair, Australian Seafood CRC; director, OceanWatch Australia; director, Seafood Services Australia; and vice-president, Australian Fisheries Academy. He has also been a member of numerous advisory bodies related to the fishing industry and the science community. He continues to advocate for his longstanding vision for the industry: united under a single entity charged with the responsibility for contributing to the economic, environmental and social sustainability of the seafood industry.
Peter Doyle and his brothers turned a humble fish and chip shop in Watsons Bay into the Doyles restaurant empire, bringing international attention to the quality of Sydney seafood. Despite his success as a restaurateur, Peter primarily saw himself as a fisher. His roles included fisheries inspector, fishmonger, former chairman of the Australian National Maritime Museum and long-standing member of the Fish Marketing Authority board of directors. Peter, the doyen of the Sydney seafood scene died in 2004, aged 72.
Colin Dyke started his family oyster farming business at Little Swanport in 1983 and dedicated the past 30 years to working on sensible sustainable outcomes for aquaculture in Tasmania. He was involved in the development of the food safety program for bi-valves in Tasmania and in the national Australian Shellfish Quality Assurance Program. In 2006, he received the Order of Australia for service to aquaculture and the environment.
Originally from Greece, Nickitas "Nick" Angelakis was a long-time whiting fisher, based on South Australia's west coast. With family members he formally established the leading seafood processing and distribution business Angelakis Bros, in the Adelaide markets. Quality, hard work and a passion for the industry were key to his success. Nick died in 2004 and his sons now run the business. While growing his business, Nick also raised nearly $250,000 for charity through his 'Seafood Affair', an annual event that began in the early 1980s and which now sells out almost a year in advance.
Graeme Byrnes hails from a proud fishing family, spanning four generations and more than a century of professional fishing in New South Wales. In 1983, Graeme became vice chairman of his local branch of the NSW Association of Professional Fishermen, which led to several representative roles in the industry including deputy chair of the NSW Seafood Industry Advisory Council and as chair of the NSW Seafood Industry Council. In these roles he has provided advice to the NSW Department of Primary Industries and the NSW Government on a wide range of issues but many would say his greatest gift to the industry was the leadership role he assumed during the challenging period of 1995–2003. As part of a team of key industry leaders, he helped to develop a balanced response to proposed state legislation that would have granted authority to 'sunset' most commercial fishing in NSW without any obligation for compensation.
With a fishing career that dates back to 1944, Maurice Corigliano is part of a five-generation fishing family, which has continuously been engaged in the South Australian fishing industry since 1878. His concerns about a laissez-faire approach to fisheries management that existed in the early days of his career led him to a lifetime commitment to the good management and conservation of fisheries. Maurice has a long record of service to the industry, including as a member of various government marine advisory committees. He was a major force behind the 1966 SA Parliamentary Select Committee, from which stemmed licence limitation, the key to fisheries management.
Andrew Ferguson, founder and managing director of Ferguson Fisheries and Ferguson Australia, began his career 38 years ago in south-eastern South Australia, on the deck of his father's rocklobster boat. From his fishing days, Andrew could see the need for greater catch utilisation for rocklobster and undertook research into methods and markets. The journey from 2002 saw a major investment into product, marketing and brand development leading to many awards in Australia and abroad. In 2004, Ferguson Australia became the first non-European company to win major awards at the prestigious Brussels Seafood Pix d'Elite for rocklobster medallions and sashimi. Today the company supplies live product as well as gourmet food service and retail products. Over the years, Andrew has been involved in innovation, research, policy development and co-management of fisheries at a state and national level. His current passion is to see the Northern Zone Lobster Fishery realise greater resource returns via a stronger industry directive driving new fisheries management policies.
James Fogarty entered the seafood industry post Cyclone Tracy, in early 1975, with operational control over the Gulf of Carpentaria prawn trawlers, a fleet which grew to 25 by the end of 1980. Highlights of this period included the first shipments of bulk-pack prawns to Japan by a major carrier vessel. In early 1980, he formed his own prawn marketing company actively pursuing sales of Banana, Tiger and Endeavour Prawns to Japan, China and Spain. In 1994, he sold his company to the MG Kailis Group, and from 1994 to 2006 he ran the northern division of MG Kailis. While maintaining links with prawn operations, he developed the live Tropical Rocklobster trade in the Torres Strait and Queensland, establishing MG Kailis as the largest operator in the fishery. James retired in 2006, but still retains his interest in the industry via his own consulting company.
Gloria Jones started off running the Yabby City Restaurant at Clayton Bay, South Australia, with her husband in 1974, as a way to market and add value to their fresh local fish and yabbies from the Coorong and Lower Lakes fishery. Gloria has been involved in many types of community activities and her great passion lies in working with the fishing and seafood industry of SA. She is one of the inaugural members of the Women's Industry Network, and has been instrumental in helping the local fishery achieve Marine Stewardship Council certification – the first multispecies fishery to do so. With 46 years of experience in the local waters, Gloria is actively involved in developing strategies to improve of the region's ecologically sustainable fisheries and aquaculture.
Following a decade of experimentation and management of trout, oyster and mussel farms, in 1994 Pheroze Jungalwalla was commissioned to report on the suitability of Atlantic Salmon stocks available in Australia, with a view to importing stock to found a new industry for Tasmania. The recommendations from this report were key to the development of what has become one of the state's most important industries: Atlantic Salmon aquaculture. In 1985, he was appointed manager of the newly formed Atlantic Salmon hatchery company Saltas and helped establish two state of-the-art Atlantic Salmon hatcheries. Pheroze moved to the salmon farming company Tassal in 1986, where he managed the R&D program. He has represented the aquaculture industry at a wide range of national organisations and committees. From 2003–11, he was executive officer of the Tasmanian Salmonid Growers Association. Pheroze is one of Australia's leading aquaculture advocates and is the current chair of the National Aquaculture Council.
Theo Kailis was an extraordinary entrepreneur, philanthropist and human being. In any walk of life he would have been a mountain of a man but his destiny was to devote his life to the fish business where he made an indelible mark after nearly 70 years of involvement. Theo started from humble beginnings, getting up before school to work in the family fish business, to labour long, handling rocklobsters and bringing them back for processing. These skills and a love of the business, people and fish have left the legacy that is Austral Fisheries Pty Ltd, and a supremely successful family business. Theo died in 2010.
Neil MacDonald has worked with and for the fishing industry for more than 20 years, including more than a decade in government fisheries administration and management roles. He worked for the South Australian Fishing Industry Council for 10 years as liaison officer then general manager, moving to its replacement body Wildcatch Fisheries SA. Since late 2009, Neil has worked as a consultant supporting several industry associations as their executive officer and delivering a range of projects and industry development and support programs.
For more than 30 years, Ken Palmer has immersed himself in all facets of the commercial fishing industry and has traversed the globe marketing Australian seafood to the world. He is a visionary who pioneered virgin markets and played a pivotal role in developing our nation's fisheries into a highly sophisticated industry. Ken's formal qualifications in commerce and postgraduate studies at Harvard Business School have been married with a career that encompassed fishing operations, production, marketing, executive management and a rich history as a respected industry representative. His name is synonymous with integrity and honesty and he is a true captain of the corporate deep blue sea.
The purchase of a humble fish and chip shop in 1956 led to Greek born Denis Poulos and his brother Con founding one of the most successful businesses in the history of the Australian seafood industry – Poulos Brothers Seafoods. Denis was also one of the founding directors of Sydney Fish Market following its privatisation in 1994. An industry spokesman, skilled negotiator and significant investor, Denis played an integral role in the privatisation process. He died in September 2008, leaving behind an Australian seafood business legacy that employs more than 160 people across Queensland, New South Wales, Tasmania and Victoria.
Nigel Scullion is a passionate advocate for the seafood industry in the Northern Territory at local, national and international levels. In the late 1980s and early 1990s, he was a full-time Spanish Mackerel fisher, roaming the seas to the north and east of Arnhem Land, NT, developing strong relationships with the region's communities. He became the inaugural chairman of the NT Spanish Mackerel Fishermen's Association, and vice-chairman of the NT Fishing Industry Council then chair of the NT Seafood Council, chair of the Australian Seafood Industry Council and president of the International Confederation of Fishing Associations. Nigel entered federal politics in 2001 and continues to take an interest in the fishing industry, particularly the indigenous sector.
Hagen Stehr founded and became chairman of one of Australia's top aquaculture companies: the Stehr Group. He is also the founder of Clean Seas Tuna Ltd, an ASX listed aquaculture company. Hagen was the driving force behind research to close the life cycle of Southern Bluefin Tuna – a world first – and was instrumental in establishing Australia's first Yellowtail Kingfish and Mulloway export industry. In 1992, he founded the Australian Maritime and Fisheries Academy, training people from Australia and the Asia–Pacific. Hagen received the Centenary Medal for services to the community in 2000, the Icon of the Sea award for services to the Fishing Industry of Australia and sustainability of Southern Bluefin in 2009, and became an Order of Australia Officer in the Order for Education and Training. He is also an ambassador for indigenous employment.
Rodney Treloggen is one of the best-known and most highly respected Australian seafood industry representatives. He has been actively involved in fisheries in Tasmania since 1977. He was in the rocklobster industry for 11 years, was the inaugural president of the Tasmanian Rock Lobster Fishermen's Association (TRLFA) and is now a life member of the association. He has been the TRLFA chief executive officer since 1995. Rodney is also a past board member of the Tasmanian Fishing Industry Council, Seafood Services Australia and the Australian Seafood Industry Council. He is vice-chairman of Southern Rocklobster Ltd and is also a member of several other fisheries research groups and boards.
Terry Adams (deceased) – Commercial Fisherman & Industry Representative of Western Australia
Terry Adams discovered Greenlip Abalone in commercial quantities in the Augusta region of Western Australia, established a professional abalone fishery in the area and laid the foundations for abalone aquaculture in Flinders. He was also active in salon, tuna, rock lobster, snapper, shark and scallop fisheries at a time when societal attitudes to the use of marine resources challenged the fishing industry.
Terry provided leadership through local and industry representative bodies, including the Western Australian Fishing Industry Council, to respond positively to these challenges, and supported management that combined sustainable fish stocks and responsible harvesting as a basis for profitable enterprises. He was a committed practical, conservationist who made a significant contribution to the conservation estate of Western Australia.