The Next 20: From Promise To Delivery

Be inspired by 60-plus speakers providing insight on the trends shaping the future of responsible aquaculture production and sourcing, while networking with more than 400 seafood professionals from 30-plus countries. GOAL (Global Outlook for Aquaculture Leadership) is a pre-competitive event, an opportunity to put day-to-day business aside and bring together all industry segments to discuss shared responsibilities and goals. Since its inception in 2001, GOAL has been a must-attend event for the world’s aquaculture thought leaders.

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GOAL 2018

The location and dates of GAA’s GOAL 2018 conference will be announced in early January.

GOAL 2017

Thank you to all attendees and sponsors for a successful GOAL 2017 conference at Croke Park in Dublin, Ireland, as GAA celebrated its 20th anniversary. PDFs of all presentations are available to GOAL 2017 attendees and GAA members by contacting GAA’s Steven Hedlund at For a recap of the program, visit the Global Aquaculture Advocate, the official news source of GOAL.


The GOAL conference has a 16-year history of convening the world’s aquaculture thought leaders to discuss shared responsibilities and goals. In a post-conference survey, 69% of respondents said they are “extremely likely” to recommend GOAL to an industry colleague.

Access the Marketplace

The world’s leading retail, foodservice and wholesale seafood buyers are always well represented at the conference. Among the companies that were represented on stage and in the audience at GOAL 2017 were Ahold Delhaize, Aramark, Bidfood AustraliaThe Big Prawn Co.BJ’s Wholesale ClubBon Appétit Management Co., BrakesBrinker International, Captain D’s, Darden Restaurants, Davigel, Direct SeafoodsDublin Institute of Technology’s School of Culinary Arts & Food TechnologyGfresh, Giant Eagle, Harvest Meat, Johnson & Wales University, MetroNestle PurinaSchnucksSysco Corp.US FoodsWaitroseWalmart and The Walt Disney Co.


Leverage your relationship with GAA and increase your visibility throughout the aquaculture community by sponsoring GOAL. Aligning with GAA is a statement about your long-term commitment to responsible aquaculture. Sponsorship packages are tailored to suit your needs. For a list of sponsorship packages, download GAA’s 2017 Product & Media Guide and contact GAA’s Sally Krueger at


Learn from and network with more than 60 speakers providing insight on the trends shaping the future of responsible aquaculture production and sourcing, while walking away with exclusive aquaculture production data and analysis on all major farmed seafood species to share with your colleagues year-round. GOAL features a three-day education program, with plenaries in the morning and breakouts in the afternoon. Here is the GOAL 2017 program:

Wednesday, October 4th, 2017

Day 1 Program Agenda

Croke Park

  • Presenter Wally Stevens Global Aquaculture Alliance
  • Presenter Michael Creed T.D. Ireland’s Minister for Agriculture, Food and the Marine
  • Presenter Pearse Lyons Alltech
  • Presenter Jim Anderson University of Florida
  • Presenter Ragnar Tveteras University of Stavanger
  • Presenter Kevin Fitzsimmons University of Arizona, F3 Fish-Free Feed Challenge
  • Presenter Andrew Mallison IFFO-The Marine Ingredients Organisation
  • Presenter Walt Rakitsky TerraVia
  • Presenter Josh Silverman Calysta
  • Presenter Jim Sutter U.S. Soybean Export Council
  • Presenter Dan Lee Best Aquaculture Practices
  • Presenter Birgitte Krogh-Poulsen Poulsen Consulting/GAA Standards Oversight Committee
  • Presenter David Little University of Stirling
  • Presenter Deva Nihal International Labour Organization
  • Presenter Will Rash Big Prawn Co.
  • Presenter Jeremy Ryland Langley Waitrose
  • Presenter Jennifer Wandler US Foods
  • Presenter Scott Williams BJ’s Wholesale Club
  • Presenter Estelle Brennan Lyons Seafoods
  • Presenter John Connelly National Fisheries Institute
  • Presenter Libby Woodhatch Seafish/Responsible Fishing Scheme
  • Moderator Melanie Siggs Global Aquaculture Alliance

Thursday, October 5th, 2017

Day 2 Program Agenda

Croke Park

  • Presenter Jim Power Jim Power Economics Limited
  • Moderator James Wright Global Aquaculture Alliance
  • Presenter Gorjan Nikolik Rabobank
  • Presenter Carsten Krome Alimentos Ventures
  • Presenter Jamie Stein Devonian Capital
  • Presenter Neil Manchester Hendrix Genetics
  • Presenter Fanny Giudicelli Marine Akwa
  • Presenter Thue Holm Atlantic Sapphire
  • Presenter Thomas Myhre NSK Ship Design
  • Presenter Langley Gace InnovaSea Systems
  • Presenter J. Miguel Flavián Oritain
  • Presenter Larry Feinberg KnipBio
  • Presenter Jacqueline Claudia Love the Wild
  • Presenter Karin Pittman University of Bergen, Quantidoc
  • Presenter Jim O’Toole BIM, Ireland’s Seafood Development Agency (Bord Iascaigh Mhara)
  • Presenter Yan Zhao Ocean Jade Seafood
  • Presenter Chiara Bacci DG MARE/European Commission
  • Presenter Hugh McBride McBride Fishing Co. Ltd.
  • Presenter Leigh Chase Ahold Delhaize
  • Presenter Frank Huang
  • Presenter Brett Patience Bidfood Australia
  • Presenter Anthony Wan Gfresh

Friday, October 6th, 2017

Day 3 Program Agenda

Croke Park

  • Presenter Chef JP McMahon Aniar, Cava, Eat Gastropub
  • Moderator Mike Berthet Best Aquaculture Practices
  • Presenter Jim Griffin Johnson & Wales University
  • Presenter Charlie Lousignont Brinker International
  • Presenter Frank Cullen Dublin Institute of Technology’s School of Culinary Arts & Food
  • Presenter Laky Zurverdachi Direct Seafood
  • Presenter Patrick McMurray The Ceili Cottage/World Champion Oyster Shucker
  • Presenter Eric Buckner Sysco Corp.
  • Presenter Steve Disko Schnucks
  • Presenter Derrick Guss Disney
  • Presenter Bob Yudovin Harvest Meat Co.
  • Presenter Chris Trosin Best Aquaculture Practices
  • Presenter Travis Larkin The Seafood Exchange

Past GOAL Events

  • GOAL 2016
    Guangzhou, China
  • GOAL 2015
    Vancouver, Canada
  • GOAL 2014
    Ho Chi Minh City, Vietnam
  • GOAL 2013
    Paris, France
  • GOAL 2012
    Bangkok, Thailand
  • GOAL 2011
    Santiago, Chile
  • GOAL 2010
    Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia


  • Apex Frozen Foods
  • BIM
  • Diversified & SeafoodSource
  • Eastern Fish
  • Fáilte Ireland
  • Grobest
  • Mazzetta
  • Preferred Freezer Services
  • SeaJoy
  • Southern Fisheries
  • Sunnyvale Seafood
  • Tropical Aquaculture
  • U.S. Soybean Export Council