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.


To initiate the registration process, log in to your GAA user account in PORTal and click on “GOAL 2018 Conference Registration.” Questions? Check out step-by-step registration instructions. Act fast, as early registration rates expire on June 30.


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


The conference is being held at the Hilton Colon Guayaquil from Sept. 25 to 27. To qualify for the special room rate, 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, is $170 per night for a single, $190 for a double and $230 for an executive, with access to the executive lounge. Act fast, as the special room rates expire on June 30, increasing to $200 per night for a single or double and $260 for an executive.


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

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, Johnson & Wales University, MetroNestle PurinaSchnucksSysco Corp.US FoodsWaitroseWalmart and The Walt Disney Co.

Global Aquaculture Innovation Award

GAA is accepting applications for the sixth annual Global Aquaculture Innovation Award, sponsored by Skretting, through June 30. This year, GAA is inviting three finalists to GOAL! The finalists receive a complimentary trip (including registration, flight and hotel) to Guayaquil and the opportunity to present at the conference, with the winner being selected by the audience! The finalists will also be featured in the Global Aquaculture Advocate. Interested in applying? Learn more.

Industry Tours

GAA is offering 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 40 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. 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

Shrimp Information Exchange Workshop2:00 pm to 5:30 am

This invitation-only workshop will address the need for greater information sharing 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 3:00 pm

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

Best Aquaculture Practices Luncheon | Grand Salon Isabela III

Best Aquaculture Practices Luncheon12:00 pm to 2:00 pm

Please join us for GAA’s annual update on its Best Aquaculture Practices third-party certification program. Among the topics on the agenda 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 Address3:00 pm to 3:15 pm
  • Speaker:  Wally Stevens Global Aquaculture Alliance
Welcoming Address3:15 pm to 3:30 pm
Keynote Address3:30 pm to 4:00 pm
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
Global Farmed Finfish Production Data & Forecasts4:30 pm to 5:00 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
Building Confidence in Aquaculture: Thoughts on the Future in the Pecha Kucha Style5:00 pm to 5:30 pm

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, and the presenters talk along with the images.

GAA Films: Our Industry Through the Lens5:30 pm to 6:00 pm

Opening Ceremony | Grand Salon Isabela I & II

Opening Ceremony6:00 pm to 6:30 pm

Welcome Reception | Fernandina IV and V

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

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

GAA Board of Directors Meeting | Santa Cruz I & II

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

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

From Adolescence to Adulthood: Bringing Consistency and Confidence to a Volatile Shrimp Market9:00 am to 10:00 am
Science Nonfiction: How Biotechnology is Shaping Food’s Future10:00 am to 11:00 am
Coffee & Tea Networking Break11:00 am to 11:30 am
Trends in Retail and Foodservice: Where the Marketplace Stands on Aquaculture’s Opportunities and Challenges11:30 am to 12:30 pm
Where Sustainability and Innovation Converge: World’s Leading Feed Manufacturers Weigh in on the Future of Aquafeed12:30 pm to 1:00 pm

Lunch | Grand Salon Isabela III

Lunch1:00 pm to 2:30 pm

Sponsored by SeaJoy.

Afternoon Plenary | Grand Salon Isabela I & II

Disruptive Technology: Is Seafood Ready for the Blockchain Age?3:00 pm to 4:00 pm
You Decide: Global Aquaculture Innovation Award Finalists Present Their Innovations4:00 pm to 5:00 pm

The Omarsa Gala Reception & Dinner | Hotel de Parque

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

China’s Impact on Global Seafood Production, Trade and Marketing9:00 am to 10:00 am
Sea Change: What’s Aquaculture’s Role in a World Shaped by Climate Change?10:00 am to 11:00 am
Coffee & Tea Networking Break11:00 am to 11:30 am
Spotlight on Animal Welfare: Is Aquaculture Reacting?11:30 am to 12:30 pm
Change on the Water: Aquaculture as a Vehicle for Social Improvement12:30 pm to 1:30 pm
Closing Remarks1:30 pm to 2:00 pm

Lunch | Grand Salon Isabela III

Lunch2:00 pm to 3:30 pm

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


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