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"Best Ever Oysters" Grace the 2017 Sydney Royal Aquaculture Competition

Posted on : 15 February 2017

The 2017 Sydney Royal Fine Food Show Aquaculture competition held by the Royal Agricultural Society of NSW (RAS of NSW) has seen the highest quality entry of oysters ever presented to the judging panel.

Two days of Aquaculture judging at "The Stables" at the Sydney Showground has seen Sydney Rock Oysters awarded a staggering 12 gold medals from the 39 entries presented.

Chair of Judges John Susman says the quality of the Sydney Rock Oysters presented in the past week was of the highest standard in the category's 18 year history at Sydney Royal.

"It is the season for Sydney Rock and what was presented to us this year was truly outstanding in quality and the number of gold medals handed out reflects that," Mr Susman said.

"It was truly a pleasure to see and shows the industry is in good shape," he said.

Doyles Oysters from Batemans Bay, NSW was awarded the Champion Sydney Rock Oyster and claimed the best in show award - the Champion Aquaculture Product Perpetual Trophy donated by Noel Herbst OAM.

Federal Assistant Minister for Agriculture, the Hon Senator Anne Ruston was on hand to view the judging and was impressed with what she saw.

"No wonder the world is talking about Australian Aquaculture - The proof is in the eating," Senator Ruston said.

"Australian Aquaculture industry is a critical element in our nation's world class Agriculture sector," she said.

Pacific Reef Fisheries from Ayr, Qld took out the Champion Prawn Exhibit Perpetual Trophy donated by Graham J Crouch.

Pejo Enterprises from Innisfail, Qld has been recognised for Champion Barramundi, Pialligo Estate Smokehouse from Pialligo, ACT was awarded the Champion Salmon Product for their Atlantic Salmon Cold Smoked and Arc-En-Ciel from Hanging Rock, NSW has claimed the Champion Trout Product for their Whole Smoked Rainbow Trout.

Another success story has been Murray Gold Australia from Toronto, NSW.

Murray Gold Australia, entering its first Sydney Royal competition has truly lived up to its name by taking out two Golds in the Fresh Fish categories for their Murray Cod Plate Size and Large Fish exhibits.

This native Australian fish continues as one of the fastest growing aquaculture sectors in Australia.

In all, the 2017 Sydney Royal Fine Food Show Aquaculture competition produced 99 medals - 32 gold, 44 silver and 23 bronze, 11 Gold medals more than the 2016 competition.


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Image reference:

RAS of NSW CEO Brock Gilmour, the Hon Rick Colless MLC (NSW) Parliamentary Secretary for Natural Resources & Regional Planning, John Susman, Chair of Judges - Aquaculture and Murray Wilton, General Manager, RAS of NSW.


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