Monsoon Aquatics have been recognised for theirsustainability practices in what is a unique industry at the Chief MinistersExport and Industry Awards last night.
Exporting hand-picked coral, marine fish and invertebratesto the aquarium hobby market and public aquaria all around the world, MonsoonAquatic staff are regularly faced some of Australias deadliest animals theirday-to-day activities.
The efforts Monsoon Aquatics undertake to focus onsustainable wild caught collection practices and developing aquaculture programearned them this award.
Exporting product to NorthAmerica, Asia, Europe and Africa, has seen Monsoon Aquatic international salescontinue to grow, accounting for over 85% of revenue in 2018-19, up almost 250%from 2017-18.
In the Agribusiness Food andBeverage Award category, South East Asian Livestock Services (SEALS) wererecognised for their rapid growth, focus on finding niche and new markets toexpand into and their best practice animal welfare standards.
The Darwin based company who export from across NorthAustralia have gone from exporting 55,000 buffalo and cattle to 98,000 thispast year.
Family owned and operated Australian Blue Cypress wererecognised for their manufacturing and export of high-grade essential oils withthe Manufacturing Award.
The essential oil, which is harvested from native CypressPine trees purpose grown then processed near Darwin ultimately ends up in Utahto be sold by one of the largest essential oil companies in the world.
Quotes to be attributed to Minister for Primary Industryand Resources, Paul Kirby:
18 quality organisations have been recognised for theircontribution to our export industry last night at the awards, showcasing thedepth of our export market here in the Northern Territory.
Its great to see such a range of award winners fromMonsoon Aquatics, and the International College of Advanced Education, throughto the Bawinanga Aboriginal Corporation who took out the Indigenous BusinessAward.
Off the back of posting an exceptionally pleasing $8.1 billioninternational trade balance for the year just gone, these awardsrecognise the importance of the export industry in the Territory and the localjobs it supports.
Full List of Winners:
Export Award Categories
- Seven Darwin NT Exporter of the Year Australian IlmeniteResources
- Territory FM Small Business Award International College ofAdvanced Education
- StudyNT Education and Training Award Charles Darwin University
- Pacific Labour Facility Agribusiness Food and Beverage Award South East Asian Livestock Services
- Darwin Port Minerals, Energy and Related Services Award Australian Ilmenite Resources
- Austrade Emerging Exporter Award Alana Kaye College
- Chamber NT Technology and Innovation Award Plant Sensors
- International Business Council Professional Services Award Pressure Dynamics
- NT Business Council Sustainability Award Monsoon Aquatics
- Department of Foreign Affairs and Trade Regional Exporter Award Tourism Central Australia
- Manufacturers Council Manufacturing Award Australian Blue Cypress
- Department of Trade Business and Innovation Industry InnovationAward Rise PC
- Department of Trade Business and Innovation Resource Supply andService Award Wilkinson Engineering
- ICN NT Manufacturing Industry Award Steeling GRP
- Ichthys LNG Project Indigenous Business Award BawinangaAboriginal Corporation
- Chamber NT Local Content Award Sunbuild
- StudyNT International Student Winner Jurse Joseph Salandanan
- International Business Council Business Student Winner Erika MaeLu