Eyre seafood businesses earn 'delicious.' awards

OCEANIC: Steve 'Thommo' Thomson out on one of the oyster leases for Gazander Oysters. Photo: supplied

OCEANIC: Steve 'Thommo' Thomson out on one of the oyster leases for Gazander Oysters. Photo: supplied

SEVERAL local seafood businesses have earned more accolades for their products after picking up state awards at the 2020 delicious Harvey Norman Produce Awards.

The awards celebrate the best produce Australia has to offer with state judges awarding 124 producers across the dairy, paddock, earth and sea categories.

The Eyre Peninsula had four winners in the sea category for South Australia, with awards going to Clean Seas, Gazander Oysters, Kinkawooka Mussels, and Ausab/Yumbah Aquaculture.

This was the fourth consecutive year Gazander Oysters has earned a state award, which has also been during some difficult times for the oyster industry in South Australia.

The industry has been recovering after an outbreak of Pacific Oyster Mortality Syndrome in Tasmania in 2016 which affected availability of spat and the COVID-19 this year affecting product sold to restaurants.

Owner Steven 'Thommo' Thomson said the business had worked hard to ensure a restaurant quality product year after year, no matter the challenges.

"You've got to keep finding ways to get the product where it needs to be," he said.

"It's nice to have the recognition for your efforts at a time when you have to find any positives."

Clean Seas earned accolades for its Spencer Gulf Hiromasa Kingfish this year, and has previously taken out state awards and a national gold medal from the delicious awards in 2018.

Chief executive officer David Head said the kingfish product has continued to earn praise and awards, cementing its reputation.

"They're farmed in cold water and every other kingfish farmed across the world outside of Japan is farmed in warm water," he said.

"The fish has been of outstanding quality for so many years."

EP Seafoods received a state award for its Kinkawooka Mussels with several previous wins under their belt.

Owner Andrew Puglisi said the delicious Produce Awards were one of the highest standard awards in Australia and to earn this recognition was something to be proud of.

"We believe our product is one of the best products out there in Australia, in the mussel industry and the seafood industry," he said.

Ausab/Yumbah Aquaculture also took out a state prize for their greenlip abalone (whole in shell).

The national awards are held in October.