Industry recognition for Aquaculture at Challenger

Challenger's Aquaculture Director, Greg Jenkins

South Metropolitan TAFE's excellence in Aquaculture training has been emphasised with a leadership award going to the Director of their Australian Centre for Applied Aquaculture Research (ACAAR). Mr Greg Jenkins received the Michael Kailis Leadership Award, recognising his outstanding contribution to Western Australia's fisheries and seafood industry.

Jenkins has made a substantial positive difference to the industry over many years, as a highly effective and respected seafood industry leader. Speaking at the State Seafood Industry Awards, Mr Arno Verboon, Chair of the Western Australian Fishing Industry Council (WAFIC) said Mr Jenkins was an industry champion whose innovative approach and dedication to the state's fisheries was highly respected.

"His knowledge and experience in applied research along with his professionalism in the provision of training services, has provided significant benefits to the aquaculture sector and demonstrated his leadership credentials. Greg has helped a number of organisations in the WA aquaculture sector to establish and sustain a competitive industry. Aquaculture is a growing part of the State’s commercial fisheries and will play a role of increasing importance as issues of food security emerge and feeding the world’s rising population gains prominence. The work of people like Greg will be crucial in securing our future and ensuring that Western Australia is positioned at the forefront in these areas of expertise," Mr Verboon said.

As well as his scientific and training commitments, Greg is also an active member of industry groups, including the Aquaculture Council of WA, Marine Fishfarmers Association, WA Fish Foundation, WA Fish Research Advisory Board, WAFIC’s Research and Development Group, and the Australian Conservation Foundations' Ocean Wise Scientific Reference Panel.

Watch Greg Jenkins talk about South Metropolitan TAFE's Australian Centre for Applied Aquaculture Research below:


Located alongside the School of Maritime, ACAAR is a world-recognised facility for marine finfish research and development, training and consultancy. Research is undertaken with key aquaculture industry partners and ACAAR offers expert services to individuals and companies requiring advice, training and assistance.


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