The Responsible Seafood Conference
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Introducing The New GOAL Experience
Open to all GAA individual and corporate members, a series of half-day virtual events will be held in 2021 beginning Thursday, April 15. Not a GAA member? Join us!
Open to paying registrants only, an in-person event is slated for Seattle, USA, in the fall. Venue and dates to be determined. Contact us for more information.
Featured Retail & Foodservice Buyers at 2020 Virtual Event
- Ahold Delhaize
- Sam's Club
- US Foods
- Woolworths Australia
Featured Topics at 2021 Virtual Events
- Innovation, Technology & Investment (April 15)
- COVID-19 Impact on Trade, Sourcing & Consumption (May 13)
- Paradigm-Shifting Aquaculture Production Systems
- Animal Health & Welfare
- Social Accountability & Worker Voice
- Responsible Sourcing of Feed & Feed Ingredients
- Aquaculture Production Data & Analysis
Virtual? In-Person? Take Your Pick
At GAA, we’re as committed as ever to bringing you the latest information on seafood production, sustainability, innovation and market trends. This year, we’re offering a hybrid experience with a series of virtual events beginning April 15, culminating with an in-person event in Seattle in the fall. (Venue and dates to be determined.) Virtual events are open to all GAA individual and corporate members, while the in-person event is open to paying registrants only.
Highlights From Virtual GOAL 2020
Keynote Address: Food System Transformation Challenges and Opportunities
Annual Aquaculture Production Forecasts for Shrimp and Finfish
Paradigm-Shifting Aquaculture Production Systems and the Pioneers Behind Them
To The Extremes: Plotting Aquaculture’s Land-Based and Offshore Trajectories
North America: Seafood Trading, Marketing & Consumption in a COVID-19 World
Asia & Oceania: Seafood Trading, Marketing and Consumption in a COVID-19 World
2020 Global Aquaculture Innovation Award Finalists Make Their Pitch
We value your membership
To show our appreciation for your support, GAA is opening this year’s series of virtual events to all GAA individual and corporate members, with no registration fee. Your support — as well as the support of our sponsors — allows us to continue to act as a voice for responsible aquaculture through pre-competitive activities such as GOAL. A more informed, better educated aquaculture community benefits us all.
The live edition of virtual GOAL 2020 may be over, but the content lives on. For GAA individual and corporate members, recordings of all 10 program sessions featuring 50 speakers and totaling 15 hours are accessible on-demand in the GAA member toolkit, as are PDFs of all presentations.
Open to all GAA individual and corporate members, a series of half-day virtual events will be held in 2021 beginning Thursday, April 15. Tentatively titled “Aquaculture of Tomorrow Will Be Shaped by Today’s Emerging Technologies,” the first virtual event session will explore how new tools can make aquaculture efficient, profitable, sustainable and humane. We’ll hear from a consumer technology pioneer who’s got his eye on aquaculture and a string of promising service businesses offering innovative solutions for producers. Join Global Aquaculture Advocate Editor James Wright and a panel of investment experts for these dynamic presentations and discussions. Speakers and agenda to be announced in March. GAA is expanding its scope in 2021 to include both aquaculture and wild fisheries.
Global Aquaculture Innovation Award
In 2012, GAA established the competition to recognize individuals and companies finding new solutions to the key challenges facing aquaculture. Applications for the 2021 competition will be accepted beginning in April. In 2020, the three finalists were Mark Luecke of Prairie AquaTech, Simão Zacarias of the University of Stirling and Pablo Berner of Nuseed. By audience vote, Zacarias was selected as the winner for his work on the shrimp-hatchery practice of unilateral eyestalk ablation.
Access the Marketplace
The world’s leading retail and foodservice seafood buyers are always well represented at GOAL, whether virtual or in-person. Buyers play a key role in influencing aquaculture production practices through their corporate social responsibility policies and associated sourcing specifications. Among the companies represented at virtual GOAL 2020 were Ahold Delhaize, JD.com, Publix, Sam’s Club, Sysco, Tesco, US Foods and Woolworths Australia.
Lifetime Achievement Award
GAA recognizes individuals who have made an enduring advancement in the field of aquaculture, admired for their integrity, leadership and commitment to responsible aquaculture. In 2019, GAA honored John Galiher, founder and CEO of cold-storage provider Preferred Freezer Services (now Lineage Logistics), and Brahmanandam Potru, founder and CEO of Indian shrimp producer Devi Seafoods. Past recipients include I. Chiu Liao, Chingchai Lohawatanakul, Nguyen Dzung, Li Sifa, Ken Morrison, George Williams, Peder Jacobson, Bjorn Myrseth, Don Lightner, Bill Herzig and Wally Stevens. In 2018, the award was renamed the Wallace R. Stevens Lifetime Achievement Award in honor of GAA CEO Wally Stevens. In 2020, there were no recipients.
Become a Sponsor
Sponsorship packages are available for the virtual events as well as the in-person event. Virtual: Sponsor a series of half-day virtual events between April and October and receive more than 360,000 impressions across GAA’s communications channels. In-Person: Commit now, pay later. Sponsor a social/networking activity at the in-person event in Seattle. Click here for GOAL 2021 sponsorship details. Your support through sponsorship allows us to continue to act as a voice for responsible aquaculture through pre-competitive activities such as GOAL.
The live edition of virtual GOAL 2020 may be over, but the content lives on. For GAA individual and corporate members, recordings of all 10 program sessions featuring 50 speakers and totaling 15 hours are accessible on-demand in the GAA member toolkit, as are PDFs of all presentations. Not a GAA member? Join us.
The GOAL conference began its evolution in 2020 with its first-ever virtual event. Held from Oct. 5 to 8, the virtual event attracted 800 active attendees, replacing the in-person event in Tokyo, Japan, postponed to 2021 due to COVID-19. With the uncertainty of the pandemic, GAA has decided to again postpone the in-person event in Tokyo to 2022 and instead hold a face-to-face meeting in Seattle in the fall. (Venue and dates to be announced.)
Past GOAL Presentations
Click on the GOAL logo to access presentations from that year. Presentations from GOAL 2019 are currently available to GAA members only in the GAA member toolkit. Log in to your GAA member account to access those presentations.
GOAL 2020 Presentations
For GAA individual and corporate members, all 10 program sessions totaling 15 hours are accessible on-demand in the GOAL 2020 conference platform and GAA member toolkit, as are PDFs of GOAL 2020 presentations. Not a GAA member? Join us.Get Access