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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 around 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.

Chennai, India

GOAL 2019 will be held at the Leela Palace in Chennai, India, from Oct. 21 to 24. It is the first time that GOAL will be held in India in its 19-year history. It is also the 20th installment of GOAL as well as the 10th time that GOAL has been held in Asia. The venue for GOAL 2019 will be announced soon, and registration for GOAL 2019 will open in early 2019. Please note that a visa is required to enter India. The application process is simple and can be completed entirely online. Visit the government of India’s e-visa website to get started.

 

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

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? Contact GAA’s Sally Krueger. Act fast — sponsorship benefits are sold only once on a first-come, first-serve basis. GAA membership is required to sponsor GOAL; membership is included in the cost of sponsorship.

 

Sponsorship BenefitsPlatinum ($35,000)Gold ($20,000)Silver ($10,000)
Gala Reception & Dinner (Oct. 23)
Opening Reception (Oct. 21)
Marketplace Reception & Dinner (Oct. 22, Invitation Only)
Seventh Annual Global Aquaculture Innovation Award (Oct. 23)PENDING
Technology (Including Conference Application & Help Desk)SOLD
Farmers' Day (Oct. 21)
Third Annual Student Chef Cooking Competition (Oct. 19)
Program Content Sponsor
BAP Stakeholder Meeting & Luncheon (Oct. 21)
Day 1 Lunch (Oct. 22)
Day 2 Lunch (Oct. 23)
Day 3 Lunch (Oct. 24)
Day 0 Break (Oct. 21)
Day 1 Break (Oct. 22)
Day 2 Break (Oct. 23)
Day 3 Break (Oct. 24)
Branded Item Placement Onsite (See Shopping List)✔ ($15,000 To Spend)✔ ($7,500 To Spend)
Item Placement in Delegate Pack
Logo Placement Onsite & Online
Display Advertising (Global Aquaculture Advocate & MyGAA)✔ (200,000 Impressions)✔ (100,000 Impressions)✔ (50,000 Impressions)
Complimentary RegistrationsFour ($5,600 Value)Two ($2,800 Value)One ($1,400 Value)

 

Shopping List of Branded ItemsValue
Name Badge$15,000
Lanyard$15,000
Sustainable Water Stations$15,000
Recycling Stations$15,000
Private Meeting Room$7,500
Item Placement in Guest Rooms$7,500
Item Placement in Plenary Room$7,500
Small Stand in Plenary Foyer$7,500

Access the Marketplace

The world’s leading retail and foodservice seafood buyers are always well represented at GOAL. Buyers play a key role in influencing aquaculture production practices through their corporate social responsibility policies and associated sourcing specifications. Among the companies that were represented on stage and in the audience at GOAL 2018 were BJ’s Wholesale ClubCaptain D’sGiant Eagle, Japanese Consumers Co-Operative UnionJD.comMeijer, Red Lobster Seafood Co.Sysco Corp., US Foods and The Walt Disney Co.

Global Aquaculture Innovation Award

Congratulations to Zach Stein of Osmo Systems, winner of the sixth annual Global Aquaculture Innovation Award! For the first time this year, the recipient was selected by the audience at GOAL 2018. The three finalists were Osmo Systems, VakSea and MNL Group. GAA received a record 34 applications from 24 countries for the 2018 competition, which was sponsored by Skretting. Applications for the seventh annual competition will be accepted beginning in early 2019.

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. Thank you to all who made GOAL 2018 in Guayaquil, Ecuador, a success! PDFs of all GOAL 2018 presentations are available to GOAL 2018 attendees in the HTML version of the conference app and to GAA members in the GAA member toolkit. The GOAL 2019 program is currently in development. Interested in presenting? Contact GAA’s Steven Hedlund.

Day 0 Program Agenda

Shrimp Information Exchange Workshop | Salon Fernandina IV & V

Shrimp Information Exchange Workshop11:00 am to 2:00 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.

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 II

GAA Board of Directors Meeting9:00 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. Please RSVP to Ali Blais at ali.blais@bapcertification.org.

Afternoon Plenary | Grand Salon Isabela I & II

Opening Address2:00 pm to 2:20 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 Address2:20 pm to 2:40 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
The Power of Collaboration: Past and Future Perspectives on Global Aquaculture2:40 pm to 3:00 pm

Wally Stevens, longtime executive director of the Global Aquaculture Alliance and existing head of Global Seafood Assurances, and Lisa Vollbrecht, research manager at Kampachi Farms, will jointly deliver a formal request for increased collaboration among global aquaculture industry stakeholders. Stevens, a 50-year seafood industry veteran, and Vollbrecht, one of the individuals recognized in the 30 Under 30 program on GAA’s MyGAA online community, bring two very unique perspectives yet a common vision for aquaculture’s future.

  • Speaker:  Wally Stevens Global Aquaculture Alliance
  • Speaker:  Lisa Vollbrecht Kampachi Farms
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. Also being addressed is the need for a unified marketing approach, as Allan Cooper of Camposol Foods Group will address the marketing of Hass avocados (U.S. per capita consumption of avocados has more than quadrupled in the last 20 years). The session will consist of a series of presentations followed by a question-and-answer panel discussion, with audience participation.

  • Speaker:  Allan Cooper Marinasol
  • 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

Henrik Aarestrup, VP of emerging markets for BioMar Group, will kick off the Opening Ceremony and Welcome Reception with a few words.

  • Speaker:  Henrik Aarestrup BioMar Group

BioMar Welcome Reception | Salon Fernandina IV and V

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?8:30 am to 9:15 am

Is the industry doing enough to expand global seafood consumption? In this session of 15-minute presentations, the conversation will pick up where it left off on Day 1, focusing on examples of successful marketing efforts. Representing the Alaska Seafood Marketing Institute, Jeff Regnart will discuss the marketing of Alaskan pollock. On behalf of the Norwegian Seafood Council, Ragnar Tveterås will address the marketing of Norwegian salmon.

  • Speaker:  Jeff Regnart Jeff Regnart Consulting / Alaska Seafood Marketing Institute
  • Speaker:  Ragnar Tveteras University of Stavanger
  • 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 Estes Consulting
  • Speaker:  Larry Feinberg KnipBio
  • Speaker:  Michael Tlusty UMass Boston
  • Speaker:  David Tze NovoNutrients
  • Moderator:  James Wright Global Aquaculture Alliance
Reputation at Risk: How Animal Welfare, Antimicrobial Resistance 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 Datassential
  • Speaker:  Arlin Wasserman Changing Tastes
  • Speaker:  Elizabeth Wellington University of Warwick School of Life Sciences
  • Speaker:  Constanza Alvial The Pro Bono Network of the Americas
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 the Marketplace 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 topics of the day. This is the first of three marketplace panel discussions at GOAL 2018.

  • Speaker:  Eric Buckner Sysco Corp.
  • Speaker:  Derrick Guss Disney
  • Speaker:  Satoshi Matsumoto Japanese Consumers Co-Operative Union
  • Speaker:  David Wier 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 the Marketplace 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 topics of the day. This is the second of three marketplace panel discussions at GOAL 2018.

  • Speaker:  Xindong Chen Vinh Hoan Corp.
  • Speaker:  Ella Cranmer J. Sykes & Sons
  • Speaker:  George Smith World Master Chef & Dublin Institute of Technology
  • Speaker:  Jennifer Wandler US Foods
  • Speaker:  Scott Williams BJ’s Wholesale Club
  • Moderator:  Mike Berthet Best Aquaculture Practices
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

GAA Films: Episode No. 5, Extended Trailer3:30 pm to 3:45 pm

Be the first to get a sneak peak at the latest installment of the GAA Films documentary short film series, presented by GAA Membership Manager & Series Producer Becky Holt.

  • Moderator:  Becky Holt Global Aquaculture Alliance
What’s Aquaculture’s Role in a World Shaped by Climate Change?3:45 pm to 4:15 pm

Halley Froehlich of the National Center for Ecological Analysis and Synthesis at U.C. Santa Barbara and a lead author of a new study published in the journal Nature Ecology and Evolution will address the effects of climate change on aquaculture. The study is the first comprehensive analysis of how climate change could affect marine aquaculture production around the world, specifically for finfish and bivalves. In a pre-recorded interview, Froehlich will outline the report’s findings. Next, Olavur Gregerson of Ocean Rainforest, an offshore seaweed farm in the Faroe Islands, will talk about seaweed’s role in mitigating the effects of climate change.

  • Speaker:  Halley Froehlich University of California Santa Barbara
  • Speaker:  Olavur Gregersen Ocean Rainforest
Power of Collaboration: Driving Improvements in Feed Fisheries4:15 pm to 5:00 pm

This question-and-answer panel will address the work of the IFFO RS Improver Programme and how it benefits all parts of the seafood supply chain as well as the fisheries improvement projects currently under way in Ecuador and worldwide.

  • Speaker:  Francisco Aldon IFFO RS
  • Speaker:  Teddy Escarabay Sustainable Fisheries Partnership
  • Speaker:  Vidar Gundersen BioMar
  • Speaker:  Kathya Tennyson Padovani Vitapro
  • Speaker:  Libby Woodhatch IFFO RS
  • Moderator:  Dan Lee Best Aquaculture Practices
Expanding Aquaculture through the Nutrition Value Proposition5:00 pm to 5:45 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. This question-and-answer panel will address opportunities to expand global consumption of farmed seafood while delivering on the promise of sustainable, delicious and nutritionally robust seafood products, which will be critical to the sector’s growth.

  • Speaker:  Bert Bachmann 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 10:00 pm

Transportation will be provided to and from the Hotel de Parque beginning at 6:30 p.m. Sponsored by Omarsa.

Day 3 Program Agenda

Morning Plenary | Grand Salon Isabela I & II

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 Sales9:30 am to 10:00 am

Amongst the buying community, expectations are high. Today, suppliers are expected to go beyond procurement by providing services to more effectively market and sell seafood. Matt Brooker, director of retail sales at the Fishin’ Company, and Wakao Hanaoka, CEO and founder Japan-based consultancy Seafood Legacy Co. Ltd., will provide insights on the types of services that can set suppliers apart, with a focus on the North American market and Asian market, respectively.

  • Speaker:  Matt Brooker The Fishin' Company
  • Speaker:  Wakao Hanaoka Seafood Legacy
Building Confidence in Aquaculture: Thoughts on the Future in the Pecha Kucha Style10:00 am to 10:45 am

What does 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 visuals advance automatically after 20 seconds each, as the presenters talk along with the visuals. 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:  Jennifer Bushman Route to Market Services
  • Speaker:  Isaac Fraynd Aqua-Spark
  • Speaker:  Robert Jones The Nature Conservancy
  • Speaker:  Sunil Kadri AquaInnovation
  • Speaker:  Matt Thompson Anderson Cabot Center for Ocean Life at New England Aquarium
  • Speaker:  Scott Williams BJ’s Wholesale Club
Coffee & Tea Networking Break10:45 am to 11:15 am

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

You Decide: Global Aquaculture Innovation Award Finalists Make Their Pitch, Sponsored by Skretting11:15 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 present their innovations for 10 minutes each. The finalists are Osmo Systems, VakSea and MNL Group, all of which were recently profiled in the Global Aquaculture AdvocateSponsored by Skretting.

  • Speaker:  Cristián Moreno MNL Group
  • Speaker:  Mihir Pershad VakSea
  • Speaker:  Zach Stein Osmo Systems
  • Moderator:  George Chamberlain Global Aquaculture Alliance
Disruptive Technology: Is Seafood Ready for the Blockchain Age?12:15 pm to 1:00 pm

What is blockchain? And what will blockchain’s role be in revolutionizing traceability and transparency within the seafood supply chain? Global Aquaculture Alliance IT Manager Andy Raynor will lead a question-and-answer panel on aquaculture’s ability to adapt to advances in traceability and transparency technology, featuring representative of Trace Register, Eachmile Technologies / Fishcoin and Earth Twine.

  • Speaker:  Jayson Berryhill Eachmile Technologies / Fishcoin
  • Speaker:  Nancy O'Mallon Earth Twine
  • Speaker:  Peter Larkins TraceRegister
Final Take: Where the Marketplace Stands on the 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:  Sidney Azambuja Red Lobster Seafood Co.
  • Speaker:  Mark Earnest Captain D's
  • Speaker:  Frank Huang JD.com
  • Speaker:  Jiro Takeuchi Bonmea GmbH
  • Speaker:  Lisa Wehrman US Foods
  • Moderator:  Iain Shone Global Aquaculture Alliance
Closing Address1:45 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 2018
    Guayaquil, Ecuador
  • 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