Bob Richards wins NT's Seafood Industry Ambassador Award 2019

NT aquaculture pioneer Bob Richards, Managing Director and co-owner of Humpty Doo Barramundi, was recognised for his 25 years of service to the seafood industry when he received the 2019 Industry Ambassador Award at last night's bienniel NT Seafood Awards.

Bob's passion for quality Australian seafood has seen him tirelessly campaign for country of origin labelling to be applied to seafood in retail and food service across the country, as it is in the Northern Territory. He believed in the potential that Barramundi aquaulture offered the Northern Territory, and that growth need not harm the environment. In 2002 Bob was awarded a Churchill Fellowship, leading to the development of the award-winning saltwater recirculation wetland system which purifies and reuses the water on farm, minimising the need for Humpty Doo Barramundi to discharge or extract water from the adjacent Adelaide River.

Those who have met Bob know him as a humble visionary. Bob believes strongly in collaboration for the betterment of the industry, encouraging those around him to 'have a go', to make mistakes and learn from them.

Bob is a respected voice of the Australian aquaculture industry, called upon to speak to media about issues such as biosecurity, country of origin labelling and sustainable aquaculture.

Thank you to the NT Department of Trade, Business and Innovation for sponsoring the award, NT Seafood Council for organising a great event and all our colleagues in the NT seafood industry. Congratulations to the other award winners, announced here.

Image: Bob receives the 2019 NT Seafood Industry Ambassador Award from Scott Wauchope from the NT Department of Trade, Business and Innovation. MC Matt Brann looks on. Event venue Char Restaurant.