The Power Of Collaboration

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, the annual GOAL conference has been a must-attend event for the world’s aquaculture thought leaders.

Guayaquil, Ecuador

GOAL returns to Latin America for the first time in seven years! It’s also GOAL’s first time in Ecuador. The conference is being co-hosted by Ecuador’s La Cámara Nacional de Acuacultura, which is celebrating its 25th anniversary this year.

Registration

To initiate the registration process, log in to your GAA user account in PORTal and click on “GOAL 2018 Conference Registration.” Questions? Here are step-by-step registration instructions.

 

LevelEarly Registration (before June 30)Late Registration (after June 30)
Non-Members$2,000$2,200
Individual & Business Members$1,400$1,600
Premier Partners$1,400$1,400
Social Guests$500$500

Hotel

The conference is being held at the Hilton Colon Guayaquil from Sept. 25 to 27. To qualify for special room rates, register for the conference to receive a confirmation email with a hyperlink to the hotel’s GOAL 2018 reservation webpage. The special room rates, which include complimentary breakfast and WiFi, are $200 per night for a single or double and $260 for an executive, with access to the executive lounge. Rooms are also available at the Grand Hotel Guayaquil, which is about a 15-minute ride from the Hilton.

Sponsorship

Leverage your relationship with GAA and bolster 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. Interested? Download the GOAL 2018 Sponsorship Benefits Guide and contact GAA’s Sally Krueger.

Sponsor a Delegate

Interested in sponsoring a farmer, student or young professional at GOAL 2018? This year, GAA is matching sponsors with first-time delegates. Part of the sponsor’s contribution goes toward the delegate’s registration and lodging. In addition to helping a passionate individual break into the industry, the sponsor receives logo placement onsite and online, display advertising in the Global Aquaculture Advocate and one complimentary registration to GOAL 2018. Please help one of these aquaculture enthusiasts join us in Guayaquil!

Access the Marketplace

GOAL is unique in its ability to attract top seafood buyers in addition to top producers. Buyers play a key role in influencing aquaculture production practices through their corporate social responsibility policies and associated sourcing specifications. The world’s leading retail, foodservice and wholesale seafood buyers are always well represented at the conference. Among the companies represented on stage and in the audience at GOAL 2017 in Dublin, Ireland, 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 Co.JD.com, Johnson & Wales University, MetroNestle PurinaSchnucksSysco Corp.US FoodsWaitroseWalmart and The Walt Disney Co.

Global Aquaculture Innovation Award

GAA received a record 34 applications for its sixth annual Global Aquaculture Innovation Award, sponsored by Skretting. This year, GAA is inviting three finalists to the conference, with the winner being selected by the audience. The finalists will also be featured in the Global Aquaculture Advocate.

Industry Tours

GAA is currently offering three industry tours immediately before and after GOAL 2018. To confirm your participation, register for the conference and select the appropriate tour or tours when prompted. Transportation is provided. Space is limited, and each tour is closed once its capacity is reached. Questions? Contact GAA’s Steven Hedlund.

Monday, Sept. 24

Corporación Lanec shrimp farm, Taura, Guayas
Alimentsa feed mill, Durán, Guayas

* This half-day tour departs from the Hilton Colon Guayaquil at approximately 1 p.m. The tour is free. Capacity is 18 people.

Monday, Sept. 24

Skretting Validation Station, Puerto Morro-Playas, Guayas

* This half-day tour departs from the Hilton Colon Guayaquil at approximately 1 p.m. The facility, where Skretting conducts validation trials on its feed, is located 1 1/4 hours southwest of Guayaquil. The tour is free. Capacity is 12 people.

Thursday, Sept. 27 & Friday, Sept. 28

Aqua Norte shrimp hatchery, Canoa, Manabí
Corporación Aray shrimp farm, Pedernales, Manabí
Empacadora del Pacifico (EDPACIF) S.A. shrimp processing plant, Pedernales, Manabí

* This two-day tour includes an overnight at the Best Western Premier Sail Plaza Manta, located approximately three hours northwest of Guayaquil. It departs after the close of the conference at approximately 3 p.m. on Thursday, Sept. 27, and returns to Guayaquil on the evening of Friday, Sept. 28. The tour is free, except for the cost of the hotel room in Manta. Capacity is 30 people.

Recreational Tours

Looking to extend your stay in Ecuador? Andean Travel Company will personalize a travel experience for you and your companion in Ecuador, including the Galapagos Islands. To learn more, visit ATC’s GOAL 2018 website or contact Andy Garcin at +539 2 2228385.

Conference Program

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. Topics addressed will include antimicrobial resistance, social responsibility, animal welfare and climate change. As this year’s conference is in Ecuador, one of the world’s leading shrimp producers, part of the program will focus on issues unique to the shrimp sector. Live interpretation from English to Spanish and from Spanish to English will be available. Click on a day to view that day’s agenda:

Day 0 Program Agenda

Shrimp Information Exchange Workshop | Salon Fernandina IV & V

Shrimp Information Exchange Workshop11:00 am to 1:00 pm

Led by GAA’s George Chamberlain, this invitation-only workshop will address the need for greater information sharing, visibility and transparency in the global shrimp supply chain. Interested in sponsoring? Contact GAA’s Sally Krueger.

Day 1 Program Agenda

Registration | Level 2 Hallway

Registration8:00 am to 2:00 pm

Pick up badges and delegate packets at the registration desk in the Level 2 hallway, near the elevators.

GAA Board of Directors Meeting | Santa Cruz I & II

GAA Board of Directors Meeting9:30 am to 11:00 am

The GAA board meeting is open to directors and GAA staff only.

BAP Stakeholder Meeting & Luncheon | Grand Salon Isabela III

Best Aquaculture Practices Stakeholder Meeting & Luncheon11:00 am to 1:00 pm

Please join us for the annual update on GAA’s industry-leading Best Aquaculture Practices third-party certification program. Among the topics that will be addressed are new facility growth and development, the iBAP program, market development and program integrity. All are invited. Lunch will be served. Interested in sponsoring? Contact GAA’s Sally Krueger.

Afternoon Plenary | Grand Salon Isabela I & II

Opening Address2:00 pm to 2:15 pm

In his opening remarks, Andrew Mallison will set the tone for GOAL 2018 by addressing the conference theme, “The Power of Collaboration.”

  • Speaker:  Andrew Mallison Global Aquaculture Alliance
Welcoming Address2:15 pm to 2:30 pm

On behalf of the host country, José Antonio Camposano, executive president of Ecuador’s La Cámara Nacional de Acuacultura (CNA), the organization representing Ecuador’s thriving shrimp sector, will give the welcoming address. In 2017, shrimp surpassed bananas as the Ecuador’s No. 1 export (excluding oil) at about 940 million pounds of shrimp worth just over $3 billion.

  • Speaker:  José Antonio Camposano Ecuador’s La Cámara Nacional de Acuacultura
Keynote Address2:30 pm to 3:00 pm
  • Speaker:  Speaker TBD
Global Farmed Finfish Production Data & Forecasts3:00 pm to 3:30 pm

For the 12th consecutive year, Ragnar Tveteras, an economist and professor at the University of Stavanger’s Department for Industrial Economics, Risk Management and Planning in Norway, will present and analyze exclusive data on global farmed finish production. Tveteras will deliver projections for 2018 and beyond, based on surveys of dozens of producers, associations and government agencies worldwide. The surveys are administered annually by GAA’s Dr. Darryl Jory. Also contributing is Ragnar Nystoyl of Kontali Analyse. Finfish species range from freshwater species such as tilapia, pangasius, catfish and carp to diadromous species such as salmon, trout and barramundi to marine species such as sea bass and sea bream and cobia.

  • Speaker:  Ragnar Tveteras University of Stavanger
Cargill Coffee & Tea Networking Break3:30 pm to 4:00 pm

Coffee and tea will be served in the Grand Salon Isabela Foyer. Sponsored by Cargill.

Global Farmed Shrimp Production Data & Forecasts4:00 pm to 4:30 pm

For the 12th consecutive year, Jim Anderson, a professor and director of the Institute for Sustainable Food Systems at the University of Florida, will present and analyze exclusive data on global farmed shrimp production. Anderson will deliver projections for 2018 and beyond, based on surveys of dozens of producers, associations and government agencies worldwide. The surveys are administered annually by GAA’s Dr. Darryl Jory.

  • Speaker:  Jim Anderson University of Florida
From Adolescence to Adulthood: Bringing Consistency and Confidence to a Volatile Shrimp Market4:30 pm to 6:00 pm

Led by GAA’s Dr. George Chamberlain, a panel of experts from Latin America and Asia will discuss advances in shrimp-farming and disease-management techniques, which are leading to greater efficiency and productivity. Other members of the panel will address the factors driving current volatility of shrimp prices. Using models from the avocado, farmed salmon  and wild seafood sectors, they will recommend mechanisms to reduce price volatility and drive consumer demand through more accurate and transparent global production data and collectively funded consumer marketing. These are potentially transformative presentations. The session will consist of a series of presentations followed by a question-and-answer panel discussion, with audience participation.

  • Speaker:  Allan Henry Cooper Perales Marinasol / Hass Avocado Board
  • Speaker:  Rodrigo Laniado S.O.N.G.A.
  • Speaker:  Loc Tran ShrimpVet Laboratory
  • Moderator:  George Chamberlain Global Aquaculture Alliance
Opening Ceremony6:00 pm to 6:30 pm

The BioMar Welcome Reception | Salon Fernandina IV and V

The BioMar Welcome Reception6:30 pm to 9:30 pm

Drinks and heavy hors d’oeuvres will be served. Sponsored by BioMar.

Day 2 Program Agenda

Registration | Level 2 Hallway

Registration8:00 am to 12:00 pm

Pick up badges and delegate packets at registration in the Level 2 hallway, near the elevators.

Morning Plenary | Grand Salon Isabela I & II

Seafood Marketing: Is It Time for a Unified Approach?8:15 am to 9:15 am

In this 60-minute session consisting of four 15-minute presentations, presenters will pick up where the Day 1 conversation left off and discuss examples of successful marketing efforts that the seafood industry can learn from to expand global seafood consumption.

  • Speaker:  Allan Henry Cooper Perales Marinasol / Hass Avocado Board
  • Speaker:  Jeff Regnart Jeff Regnart Consulting / Alaska Seafood Marketing Institute
  • Speaker:  Speaker TBD
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  • Moderator:  Bill Hoenig Best Aquaculture Practices
Science Nonfiction: How Biotechnology is Shaping Food’s Future9:15 am to 10:15 am

As aquaculture continues to operate more efficiently and with less impact on the environment, biotechnology has emerged as a useful tool. This question-and-answer panel discussion will explore how biotechnology is making its mark on food production, with a focused look at the aquafeed sector. What is biotechnology – and what is it not? And how can biotech influence the future of farmed seafood? Vonnie Estes, 2017 recipient of the Rosalind Franklin Award for Leadership in Industrial Biotechnology, will lead off with a presentation and then join a four-person panel for an in-depth discussion, moderated by Global Aquaculture Advocate Editor James Wright.

  • Speaker:  Vonnie Estes Independent Business Consultant
  • Speaker:  Larry Feinberg KnipBio
  • Speaker:  Michael Tlusty UMass Boston
  • Speaker:  David Tze NovoNutrients
  • Moderator:  James Wright Global Aquaculture Alliance
Reputation at Risk: How Antimicrobial Resistance, Animal Welfare and Social Responsibility Are Shaping Consumer Perception of Farmed Seafood10:15 am to 11:00 am

In three 15-minute presentations, experts in the fields of antimicrobial resistance, animal welfare and social responsibility will address how three of major challenges are shaping — and will continue to shape — consumer perception of farmed seafood.

  • Speaker:  Marie Molde Dataessential
  • Speaker:  Arlin Wasserman Changing Tastes
  • Speaker:  Speaker TBD
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Veramaris Coffee & Tea Networking Break11:00 am to 11:30 am

Coffee and tea will be served in the Grand Salon Isabela Foyer. Sponsored by Veramaris.

Food Retailing Revolution: Seafood's Place in a Tech-Driven, Convenience-Focused, Experience-Seeking World11:30 am to 12:00 pm

Michael Sansolo is a recognized expert in food retailing, with about 35 years of experience. A long-time senior vice president of the Food Marketing Institute and editor of Progressive Grocer magazine, Sansolo is currently president of his own consultancy, Sansolo Solutions LLC. He also acts as research director for the Coca-Cola Retailing Research Council for both North America and Latin America, where he guided two influential reports, “Surviving the Brave New World of Retailing: A Roadmap to Relevance for the Future” and “Preparing for Success in the Omni-Channel World,” from which he will pull to explain seafood’s place in the constantly evolving world of food retailing.

  • Speaker:  Michael Sansolo Sansolo Solutions LLC
Where Retail Stands on Aquaculture’s Opportunities and Challenges12:00 pm to 12:45 pm

Each year, representatives of the world’s leading retail, foodservice and wholesale companies field questions about the challenges and opportunities facing aquaculture. Moderated by Chris Trosin, VP of business development for the Best Aquaculture Practice third-party certification program, this question-and-answer panel discussion will focus on the retail sector. This is the first of three marketplace panel discussions at GOAL 2018.

  • Speaker:  Steve Disko Schnucks
  • Speaker:  Derrick Guss Disney
  • Speaker:  Frank Huang JD.com
  • Speaker:  Satoshi Matsumoto Japanese Consumers Co-Operative Union
  • Speaker:  David Weir Meijer
  • Moderator:  Chris Trosin Best Aquaculture Practices
Ceremony: Winner of Student Chef Cookoff12:45 pm to 1:00 am

For the second consecutive year, GAA is organizing a student chef cookoff featuring farmed seafood in association with World Chefs just prior to the GOAL conference. The winner and finalists will be recognized during a brief ceremony. Last year’s winner was Sarah McCabe of the Dublin Institute of Technology’s School of Culinary Arts & Food Technology, who will be in attendance.

Where Foodservice Stands on Aquaculture’s Opportunities and Challenges1:00 am to 1:45 pm

Each year, representatives of the world’s leading retail, foodservice and wholesale companies field questions about the challenges and opportunities facing aquaculture. Moderated by Mike Berthet, market development manager-Europe for the Best Aquaculture Practice third-party certification program, this question-and-answer panel discussion will focus on the foodservice sector. This is the second of three marketplace panel discussions at GOAL 2018.

  • Moderator:  Mike Berthet Best Aquaculture Practices
  • Speaker:  Ella Cranmer J.Sykes & Sons
  • Speaker:  George Smith World Master Chef & Dublin Institute of Technology
  • Speaker:  Jennifer Wandler US Foods
  • Speaker:  Joe Zhou Red Lobster
  • Speaker:  Speaker TBD
GOAL 2019 Unveiled1:45 pm to 2:00 pm

A representative of the host country will unveil the location and dates of the GOAL 2019 conference.

Lunch | Grand Salon Isabela III

Lunch, Sponsored by SeaJoy2:00 pm to 3:30 pm

All are invited for a plated lunch. Sponsored by SeaJoy.

Afternoon Plenary | Grand Salon Isabela I & II

Sea Change: What’s Aquaculture’s Role in a World Shaped by Climate Change?3:30 pm to 4:00 pm
  • Speaker:  Olavur Gregersen Ocean Rainforest
  • Speaker:  Speaker TBD
Power of Collaboration: Driving Improvements in Feed Fisheries4:00 pm to 4:45 pm
  • Speaker:  Speaker TBD
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  • Speaker:  Speaker TBD
  • Moderator:  Dan Lee Best Aquaculture Practices
Expanding Aquaculture through the Nutrition Value Proposition4:45 pm to 5:30 pm

As the aquaculture industry improves its sustainability profile, attention turns to the nutritional aspects of seafood. In a recent survey conducted with salmon consumers, nutritional benefits of salmon emerged as a primary purchase driver. As we look to expand global consumption of farmed seafood, delivering on the promise of sustainable, delicious and nutritionally robust seafood products will be critical to growth of our sector. The aquaculture industry has an opportunity to be a leader in promoting the nutritional value and broader access to seafood for all.

  • Speaker:  Bert Bachman Camanchaca
  • Speaker:  Vidar Gundersen BioMar
  • Speaker:  Jill Kauffman Johnson Corbion Algae Ingredients
  • Moderator:  Steve Hart Global Aquaculture Alliance

Omarsa Gala Reception & Dinner | Hotel de Parque

Omarsa Gala Reception & Dinner 6:30 pm to 9:30 pm

Transportation will be provided to and from the Hotel de Parque. Sponsored by Omarsa.

Day 3 Program Agenda

Morning Plenary | Grand Salon Isabela I & II

Keynote Address: What Can Aquaculture Learn from Kipster?9:00 am to 9:30 am

Billed as the world’s most animal-friendly and environmentally-friendly poultry farm, Kipster is a new egg-laying farm in the Netherlands that opened last year to much praise. The chickens lay carbon-neutral eggs that are sold in Lidl supermarkets, and they are fed a diet of broken biscuits, rice cakes and other edible byproducts collected from nearby bakeries and made into feed. What can aquaculture learn from such an ambitious project? Neil Manchester, managing director of the aquaculture business unit at Hendrix Genetics, a Kipster investor, will explain.

  • Speaker:  Neil Manchester Hendrix Genetics
Selling Solutions: A Marketer’s Guide to Driving Seafood Sales in North America, Asia and Europe9:30 am to 10:15 am
  • Speaker:  Matt Brooker The Fishin' Company
  • Speaker:  Wakao Hanaoka Seafood Legacy
  • Speaker:  Speaker TBD
Building Confidence in Aquaculture: Thoughts on the Future in the Pecha Kucha Style10:15 am to 11:00 am

What’s the future of aquaculture look like? Six presenters from six different segments of aquaculture share their hope for the future. This session is in the Pecha Kucha 20×20 style – a concise, fast-paced, entertaining presentation format in which 20 images advance automatically after 20 seconds each, as the presenters talk along with the images. Last year’s Pecha Kucha session was a hit!

New to Pecha Kucha? Watch 2017’s presenters:
Neil Manchester, Hendrix Genetics
Larry Feinberg, KnipBio
Fanny Giudicelli, Marine Akwa
Thomas Myhre, NSK Ship Design
Langley Gace, InnovaSea Systems
Miguel Flavián, Oritain
Jacqueline Claudia, LoveTheWild

  • Speaker:  Omar Alfi Pacifico Aquaculture
  • Speaker:  Isaac Fraynd Aqua-Spark
  • Speaker:  Robert Jones The Nature Conservancy
  • Speaker:  Sunil Kadri Aquaculture Innovation
  • Speaker:  Matt Thompson New England Aquarium
  • Speaker:  Scott Williams BJ’s Wholesale Club
Coffee & Tea Networking Break11:00 am to 11:30 am

Coffee and tea will be served in the Grand Salon Isabela Foyer. Interested in sponsoring? Contact GAA’s Sally Krueger.

You Decide: Global Aquaculture Innovation Award Finalists Make Their Pitch, Sponsored by Skretting11:30 am to 12:15 pm

GAA received a record 34 applications for its sixth annual Global Aquaculture Innovation Award! For the first time this year, the winner will be selected by the audience after the three finalists, who will be announced in August, present their innovations for 10 minutes each. Sponsored by Skretting.

  • Speaker:  Speaker TBD
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  • Speaker:  Speaker TBD
Disruptive Technology: Is Seafood Ready for the Blockchain Age?12:15 pm to 1:00 pm
  • Speaker:  Jayson Berryhill Eachmile Technologies / Fishcoin
  • Speaker:  Peter Larkins Trace Register
  • Speaker:  Speaker TBD
  • Speaker:  Speaker TBD
  • Moderator:  Andy Raynor Global Aquaculture Alliance
Final Take: Where the Marketplace Stands on Hottest Topics of GOAL 20181:00 pm to 1:45 pm

Each year, representatives of the world’s leading retail, foodservice and wholesale companies field questions about the challenges and opportunities facing aquaculture. This question-and-answer panel discussion will focus on the hottest topics of GOAL 2018. This is the third of three marketplace panel discussions at GOAL 2018.

  • Speaker:  Eric Buckner Sysco Corp.
  • Speaker:  Wennie Chen CP Foods
  • Speaker:  Mark Earnest Captain D's
  • Speaker:  Speaker TBD
  • Speaker:  Speaker TBD
  • Moderator:  Speaker TBD
Closing Remarks1:45 pm to 2:00 pm

GOAL veteran Travis Larkin of The Seafood Exchange wraps up the conference with a summary of three days of content, with an eye toward this year’s theme, “The Power of Collaboration.”

  • Speaker:  Travis Larkin The Seafood Exchange

Lunch | Grand Salon Isabela III

Lunch, Sponsored by the National Renderers Association2:15 pm to 3:30 pm

All are invited for a casual, buffet-style lunch. Sponsored by the National Renderers Association.

Past GOAL Events

  • GOAL 2017
    Dublin, Ireland
  • 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

Sponsors

  • CNA
  • Omarsa
  • BioMar
  • Eastern Fish
  • National Renderers Association
  • Santa Priscila
  • Seajoy
  • Skretting
  • USSEC
  • Veramaris
  • Cargill
  • Diversified
  • Expalsa
  • Gallagher
  • Grobest
  • SONGA
  • Mundo Acuicola