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Chennai, India 2019
October 21-24

Aquaculture’s Premier Conference
Connect. Collaborate. Commit.

GOAL 2019 Spotlights

Key Topics

  • Production Data & Analysis
  • International Trade
  • Consumer Education & Marketing
  • Environmental Responsibility
  • Animal Health & Welfare
  • Antibiotics & Antimicrobial Resistance
  • Social Responsibility
  • Climate Change
  • Smallholder Engagement
  • Area Management
  • Investment
  • Innovation

Featured Buyers

  • Ahold Delhaize
  • Bon Appétit Management Company
  • Brakes Group
  • Direct Seafoods
  • Gordon Food Service
  • Harvest Food Distributors
  • Hello Fresh
  • Hema Fresh
  • Publix
  • Red Lobster
  • Sam's Club
  • Sysco
  • US Foods
  • Walmart

Why Attend GOAL?

The conference is a once-a-year opportunity to put day-to-day business aside to discuss shared responsibilities and goals in a pre-competitive environment — a trademark of GOAL since its inception in 2001. Listen to GAA’s George Chamberlain, Sally Krueger, Steven Hedlund and others explain what makes GOAL stand apart from the competition.

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Aquaculture is a rapidly growing sector where change is fast and often disruptive.

The Global Aquaculture Alliance’s annual Global Outlook for Aquaculture Leadership (GOAL) conference keeps you ahead of the curve. Join other forward-thinking leaders from across the global aquaculture value chain in reviewing production, sustainability, innovation and market drivers. You’ll come away with valuable knowledge, strategic relationships and an understanding of emerging issues and solutions.

GOAL 2019 will be held at the Leela Palace in Chennai, India, from Oct. 21 to 24. This is the first time that GOAL will be held in India in its 19-year history. This is also the 20th edition of GOAL and the 10th time that GOAL will be held in Asia.

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About GOAL

Registration, Visa & Hotel

Registration: To register, access the “events” tab in your GAA user account. Pay by credit card or by invoice. GAA members receive a $600 discount. Questions? Contact GAA’s Maddie Cassidy. Visa: A visa is required to enter India. The application process can be completed entirely online via India’s eVisa website. It is recommended that you apply for an eConference Visa (application tips here). A conference ID number and three invitation/clearance letters are required to apply for an eConference Visa and can be obtained by contacting GAA’s Maddie Cassidy. Visas are typically issued within one to five days.

Hotel: GOAL 2019 is being held at five-star The Leela Palace in Chennai. The Leela Palaces, Hotels and Resorts was just recognized as one of the world’s best hotel brands by Travel + Leisure. To book a room at the Leela Palace, or to inquire about transportation to and from Chennai International Airport, contact GAA’s Sally Krueger or The Leela Palace’s Sabari Nath. Rooms at the nearby Somerset Greenways Chennai are also available. Charity: Give back to the community! Help GAA select one of two reputable nonprofits in Chennai to make a donation to on behalf of GAA members.

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2019 GOAL Program

Learn from and network with more than 60 speakers providing insight on the trends shaping the future of responsible aquaculture production and sourcing. This year’s keynote speakers are Ramanan Laxminarayan, Darian McBain and Fabrice DeClerck. They will address three of the major challenges facing aquaculture — antibiotic use in aquaculture and antimicrobial resistance in humans, social responsibility, and balancing responsible food production with the health of humans and the planet, respectively. Other topics to be addressed at GOAL 2019 will be improvements in shrimp production practices and disease management techniques; innovations in salmon farming, processing and marketing; area management, capacity building and smallholder engagement; investment; and feed sustainability. And, for the 13th consecutive year, original data on global farmed shrimp production and global farmed finfish production, based on GAA’s exclusive aquaculture production survey, will be presented.

Program Agenda

Sustainable Ocean Leadership Institute Workshop | Meeting Room 1

Sustainable Ocean Leadership Institute Workshop8:00 am to 5:00 pm

The Sustainable Ocean Leadership Institute (SOLI) is holding a workshop to preview the 2020 SOLI program and to deepen attendees’ understanding of climate change’s effect on the region’s seafood production. Around the world, balancing employment with sustainable fisheries development is difficult, now being exacerbated by climate change. However, by understanding these challenges, industry leaders can begin to identify solutions and trade-offs to facilitate permanent cultural changes to meet the needs of local communities. This full-day workshop from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. will include an introduction to climate science, an in-depth look at its impact from local experts and a field trip. Transportation and meals (breakfast and lunch) are included. Cost is $99 for GAA members and $199 for non-members. To register, or for more information, contact soli@seafoodassurances.org.

Day 0 Program Agenda

Registration

Registration10:00 am to 6:00 pm

Field Trip: Nellore Shrimp Farm, Processing Plant and/or Feed Mill

Nellore Shrimp Farm, Processing Plant and/or Feed Mill7:00 am to 10:00 pm

A full-day tour in the Nellore area, which is 3 1/2 hours north of Chennai, is scheduled for Monday, Oct. 21. Transportation provided. Departure from The Leela Palace at 7 a.m. The tour is of a BMR Group shrimp farm in the morning and a BMR Group processing plant or feed mill in the afternoon (participants’ choice/two separate groups), with lunch in between. Return to hotel at around 10 p.m. Space is limited. To sign up, contact GAA’s Steven Hedlund.

HACCP Training

HACCP Training | Le Royal Méridien Chennai8:00 am to 5:00 pm

This invitation-only course is for processors who develop HACCP (Hazard Analysis and Critical Control Point) programs as well as for those interested in learning more about HACCP. The classroom-style course will be held at the Le Royal Méridien Chennai from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. (check-in at 7:30 a.m.). The registration fee is Rs. 5,000. Registration for GOAL 2019 is separate. To sign up, or for more information, contact BAP’s Panchu Duraisamy.

GAA Executive Committee Meeting

GAA Executive Committee Meeting | Boardroom 18:00 am to 9:30 am

Open to GAA executive committee members only.

GAA Board of Directors Meeting

GAA Board of Directors Meeting | Meeting Room 210:00 am to 12:00 pm

Open to GAA directors and staff only.

Field Trip: Muttukadu Shrimp Hatchery

Muttukadu Shrimp Hatchery1:00 pm to 5:00 pm

A half-day tour of the BMR Group shrimp hatchery in Muttukadu, which is located about one hour south of The Leela Palace, is scheduled for Monday, Oct. 21. Transportation provided. Departure from the hotel at 1 p.m. and again at 2 p.m. (two separate groups). Space is limited. To sign up, contact GAA’s Steven Hedlund.

#ofFISHal Member Happy Hour

#ofFISHal Member Happy Hour | Chess Garden3:45 pm to 4:30 pm

Join your fellow GAA members for cocktails on the Leela Palace’s beautiful patio, the Chess Garden. Members can be identified by their locally made, artisan peacock pin. DYK? The country’s National Bird is the Indian Peacock.

GAA Stakeholder Meeting | Royal Ballroom

GAA Stakeholder Meeting | Royal Ballroom4:30 pm to 6:00 pm

Join the GAA staff for an update on GAA’s pre-competitive activities as well as its industry-leading Best Aquaculture Practices third-party certification program. Among the topics that will be addressed are new facility growth, program integrity and market development. Open to all attendees. Sponsored by Devi Fisheries Ltd.

Opening Ceremony | Royal Ballroom

Opening Ceremony | Royal Ballroom6:00 pm to 6:30 pm

The opening ceremony will commence with a traditional lamp lighting. The lamp lighting symbolizes knowledge as the greatest form of wealth. There will also be dancers who will lead the crowd upstairs to the opening reception. Sponsored by Devi Fisheries Ltd.

Opening Reception | Grand Ballroom A & B

Opening Reception | Grand Ballroom A & B6:30 pm to 9:30 pm

Join your fellow attendees for hors d’oeuvres and drinks. Open to all attendees. Sponsored by Devi Fisheries Ltd.

Day 1 Program Agenda

Breakfast

Breakfast | Spectra Restaurant, 1st Floor7:00 am to 8:00 am

Student Chef Cooking Competition

Student Chef Cooking Competition | Chess Garden9:00 am to 2:30 pm

In 2017, GAA established the student chef cooking competition to provide student chefs with a life-changing experience while partnering with local culinary institutions to raise awareness of responsible aquaculture. Last year’s competition at Escuela Culinary de las Americas in Guayaquil, Ecuador, drew more than 60 applicants, and the winner, Fernando Correa, received a five-day training session at the Royal Garden Hotel in Kensington, London, and met world renowned chef Raymond Blanc. This year’s competition will feature some of the best young chefs that India has to offer! Sponsored by Charoen Pokphand Foods.

Plenary | Grand Ballroom B & C

Opening Address8:00 am to 8:30 am

GAA’s Andrew Mallison will set the tone for GOAL 2019 by addressing the conference theme: “Connect. Collaborate. Commit.”

  • Speaker:  Andrew Mallison Global Aquaculture Alliance
Welcoming Address8:30 am to 8:45 am

On behalf of the host country, MPEDA Chairman K. S. Srinivas will welcome GOAL’s international audience to India, a global leader in seafood production and the world’s No. 1 shrimp exporter.

  • Speaker:  K.S. Srinivas Marine Products Export Development Authority
Keynote Address: What Constitutes a Healthy Diet from a Sustainable Food System?8:45 am to 9:05 am

Fabrice DeClerck — co-author of the influential EAT-Lancet Commission report “Food. Planet. Health.” — will answer the question, “Can we feed a future population of 10 billion people a healthy diet within planetary boundaries?” In his keynote address, DeClerck will address aquaculture’s role in “sustainably intensifying” food production (producing more with less) while balancing the health of humans and the planet. He will also address aquaculture’s contribution to the United Nation’s Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs).

  • Speaker:  Fabrice DeClerck EAT-Lancet Commission
Aquaculture Production Forecast and the Seafood Trade Landscape9:05 am to 10:10 am

For the 13th consecutive year, GOAL stalwarts Jim Anderson of the University of Florida and Ragnar Tveteras of the University of Stavanger will present and analyze original data on global farmed shrimp production and global farmed finfish production, respectively. The data is based on GAA’s exclusive aquaculture production survey, administered annually by GAA’s Darryl Jory, with contributions from Ragnar Nystoyl of Kontali Analyse. Following Anderson and Tveteras, Gorjan Nikolik of Rabobank will address the factors potentially reshaping global seafood trade in the years ahead, including production growth, market development and international trade politics.

  • Speaker:  James Anderson University of Florida
  • Speaker:  Ragnar Tveteras University of Stavanger
  • Speaker:  Gorjan Nikolik Rabobank
  • Moderator:  George Chamberlain Global Aquaculture Alliance
Coffee & Tea Break | Grand Ballroom Foyer10:10 am to 10:40 am
Exciting Innovations in Shrimp Farming, Disease Management and Marketing10:40 am to 12:00 pm

Moderated by GAA’s George Chamberlain, this session will feature Loc Tran, who will explain advances in management of early mortality syndrome (EMS), Enterocytozoon hepatopenaei (EHP), white feces and shrimp hemocyte iridescent virus (SHIV). Ahmed Al Balla will describe the adoption of new technologies that are driving efficiencies in Saudi Arabia, followed by Sreeram Raavi, who will discuss a suite of new technologies improving the efficiency of feeding and pond management. Rounding out the panel are Robins McIntosh, who will share breakthroughs in sustainable intensification, and Travis Larkin, who will talk about progress toward development of the Shrimp Marketing Initiative, launched at GOAL 2018 to increase shrimp consumption in the U.S. market.

  • Speaker:  Loc Tran ShrimpVet Laboratory
  • Speaker:  Ahmed Rasheed Alballaa National Aquaculture Group (NAQUA)
  • Speaker:  Sreeram Raavi Eruvaka
  • Speaker:  Robins McIntosh CP Foods
  • Speaker:  Travis Larkin The Seafood Exchange
  • Moderator:  George Chamberlain Global Aquaculture Alliance
How Innovations in Salmon Farming, Processing and Marketing Is a Model for Success12:00 pm to 12:15 pm

Perhaps the most sophisticated of the farmed seafood sectors, salmon is well positioned for sustainable growth with a consistent balance between supply, demand and price. Though its roots are in salmon aquaculture, Canada’s Cooke Aquaculture recently acquired shrimp farming and processing operations in Central America. Is this the beginning of the modernization, or “salmonization,” of farmed shrimp? Cooke Aquaculture co-founder and CEO Glenn Cooke will discuss in a pre-recorded video.

  • Speaker:  Glenn Cooke Cooke Aquaculture
  • Moderator:  George Chamberlain Global Aquaculture Alliance
Marketplace Roundtable: Asia12:15 pm to 1:00 pm

The world’s leading retail and foodservice companies are always well represented at GOAL. Each year, GAA hand picks some of the more influential buyers and suppliers to address the major challenges and opportunities facing aquaculture. Moderated by Steve Hart of GAA’s Best Aquaculture Practices certification program, this is the first of three question-and-answer marketplace roundtable, focusing on the challenges and opportunities specific to Asia.

  • Speaker:  Chen Han Goulian Aquatic Products Co. Ltd.
  • Speaker:  Frank Huang Hema Fresh/Alibaba
  • Speaker:  Joe Qiao Qingdao Meichu Food Co. Ltd.
  • Speaker:  Tommy Sekiguchi Mitsui & Co. Ltd.
  • Moderator:  Steve Hart Global Aquaculture Alliance

Lunch

Lunch | Royal Ballroom1:00 pm to 2:30 pm

Sponsored by Falcon Marine Exports Ltd.

Ceremony: Presentation of Wallace R. Stevens Lifetime Achievement Award1:45 pm to 2:00 pm

During lunch, the first of two recipients of the Wallace R. Stevens Lifetime Achievement Award will be recognized.

Breakouts

Breakouts3:00 pm to 5:00 pm
Breakout: Spotlight on India’s Bustling Shrimp Sector | Grand Ballroom B & C3:00 pm to 5:00 pm

As part of the Day 1 Farmers’ Day program, sponsored by Avanti Feeds Ltd., some of the leading authorities on India’s bustling shrimp sector will provide an update on a variety of topics. Moderated by Santhana Krishnan of Maritech, the five presentations are “Indian Shrimp Farming” by Ravikumar Yellanki of the Society Of Aquaculture Professionals; “Diseases in Indian Shrimp Farming: Prevention and Challenges” by Ramraj Dhamodar of Padmanabha Labs/HiBreeds Shrimp Hatchery; “Managing Production Challenges in Indian Shrimp Farming” by Srinibas Mohanty of Avanti Feeds; “Feed Management for Production and Cost Efficiency in Indian Shrimp Farming” by Victor Suresh of United Research; and “Changes in Market Forces that Indian Shrimp Farmers Should Focus for Profitable Production” by Sree Atluri of Devi Seafoods. Each presentation will be 15 minutes, with five minutes for question and answer.

  • Speaker:  Ravikumar Yellanki Society Of Aquaculture Professionals
  • Speaker:  Ramraj Dhamodar All India Shrimp Hatcheries Association
  • Speaker:  Srinibas Mohanty Avanti Feeds Ltd.
  • Speaker:  Victor Suresh United Research (Singapore) Pte. Ltd.
  • Speaker:  Sree Atluri Devi Seafoods Ltd.
  • Moderator:  Santhana Krishnan SK Marine Technologies Pvt. Ltd. (Maritech)
Breakout: Empowering the Smallholder | Room TBD3:00 pm to 5:00 pm

Within many aquaculture segments the market is dominated by small-scale, family-run businesses. These small-scale operations have in many Asian countries and around the world contributed to the growth of the industry, and in many ways contributed to alleviating poverty. However, this is a vulnerable segment as well, livelihoods are often impacted by global market dynamics and disease issues. Organized in conjunction with Aqua-Spark, this breakout session will explore who these smallholders are, how technology and investment can play a role in empowering them, and which innovative business models are being developed to tap into this segment.

Marketplace Leaders Dinner & Reception

Marketplace Leaders Dinner & Reception | Taj Connemara6:30 pm to 9:30 pm

Invitation only. Transportation to and from the Taj Connemara provided. Sponsored by Sandhya Aqua Exports Pvt. Ltd.

Day 2 Program Agenda

Breakfast | Spectra Restaurant, 1st Floor

Breakfast7:00 am to 8:00 am

Plenary | Grand Ballroom B & C

Beyond Certification: How Area Management, Capacity Building and Smallholder Engagement Are Driving Sustainability in Aquaculture8:00 am to 8:40 am

Donal Maguire of Ireland’s Bord Iascaigh Mhara will give an update on BIM’s CLAMS (Coordinated Local Aquaculture Management Systems) initiative, a success story in area management, while Randy Brummett will explain the World Bank’s Blue Revolution Project in India, aimed at creating business opportunities in the domestic seafood trade. Syed Mahmudul Huq of the Bangladesh Shrimp & Fish Foundation will also give a presentation about smallholder engagement titled “Leveraging Black Tiger Growth: A Participatory Inclusive Development Paradigm in Bangladesh.

  • Speaker:  Donal Maguire Bord Iascaigh Mhara (BIM)
  • Speaker:  Randy Brummett World Bank
  • Speaker:  Syed Mahmudul Huq Bangladesh Shrimp & Fish Foundation
  • Moderator:  Iain Shone Global Aquaculture Alliance
Keynote Address: Antibiotic Use in Aquaculture and Antimicrobial Resistance in Humans8:40 am to 9:10 am

Ramanan Laxminarayan is founder and director of the Center for Disease Dynamics, Economics & Policy (CDDEP) in Washington, D.C., and a senior research scholar at Princeton University. Since 1995, Laxminarayan has worked to improve the understanding of antibiotic resistance as a problem of managing a shared global resource. His work encompasses extensive peer-reviewed research, public outreach, and direct engagement in 11 countries in Asia and Africa through the Global Antibiotic Resistance Partnership. Through his prolific research, active public outreach (including a widely viewed TED talk) and sustained policy engagement, he has played a central role in bringing the issue of drug resistance to the attention of leaders and policymakers worldwide, including the United Nations General Assembly in 2016. Following the keynote address will be a panel discussion with representative of the seafood supply and retail community.

  • Speaker:  Ramanan Laxminarayan Center for Disease Dynamics, Economics & Policy
Panel Discussion: Antibiotic Use in Aquaculture and Antimicrobial Resistance in Humans9:10 am to 9:40 am

Keynote speaker Ramanan Laxminarayan will join Ramraj Dhamodar of All India Shrimp Hatcheries Association, Ruth Hoban of New England Seafood and Will Rash of Big Prawn Co. for a question-and-answer discussion on antibiotic use in aquaculture and AMR in humans, moderated by GAA’s Iain Shone.

  • Speaker:  Ramanan Laxminarayan Center for Disease Dynamics, Economics & Policy
  • Speaker:  Flavio Corsin IDH, The Sustainable Trade Initiative
  • Speaker:  Ramraj Dhamodar All India Shrimp Hatcheries Association
  • Speaker:  Ruth Hoban New England Seafood
  • Speaker:  Will Rash Big Prawn Co.
  • Moderator:  Iain Shone Global Aquaculture Alliance
Start Me Up: Award-Winning Innovations for Shrimp Farmers9:40 am to 9:50 am

Leaders from two accomplished startup companies — the winners of the Aquaculture Innovation Challenge, a pitch contest organized by Seafood Trade Intelligence Portal — will deliver brief versions of their presentations to investors and industry professionals. Anugerah Erlaut of Seable will talk about his automated-feeder technology for Indonesian shrimp hatcheries, while Kamran Mahmudov of WETech will introduce his company’s innovative, solar-powered pond aeration solution for small-scale Bangladesh producers.

  • Speaker:  Anugerah Erlaut Seable
  • Speaker:  Kamran Mahmudov WETech
  • Moderator:  James Wright Global Aquaculture Alliance
Coffee & Tea Break | Grand Ballroom Foyer9:50 am to 10:20 am
Scaling Solutions for the Blue Revolution Through Investment10:20 am to 11:00 am

What is the role of investors in helping aquaculture to become a truly sustainable solution to global food security challenges? How can aquaculture businesses mitigate risk and become a more investable sector? How can investment foster innovation across the value chain? What solutions are best suited for producers or other technology and service providers? Join GAA and Aqua-Spark for this timely and important discussion with select members of the growing aquaculture investment community.

  • Speaker:  Flavio Corsin IDH, The Sustainable Trade Initiative
  • Speaker:  Mark Kahn Omnivore Ventures
  • Speaker:  Amy Novogratz Aqua-Spark
  • Speaker:  Prashanth Prakash Accel
  • Speaker:  Godai Teranashi Mitsui & Co. Ltd.
  • Moderator:  James Wright Global Aquaculture Alliance
Bold Visions for India’s Aquaculture Future, Powered by PechaKucha!11:00 am to 11:30 am

The fever-pitched presentation format — 20 slides, 20 seconds each — returns to GOAL for the third consecutive year, this time with an all-Indian lineup. Five innovative, forward-thinking entrepreneurs will share their visions for India’s burgeoning aquaculture sector — from production to market — in this exciting and engaging format.

  • Speaker:  Aditya Dash Ram’s Assorted Cold Storage
  • Speaker:  Shrikumar Suryanarayan Sea6 Energy
  • Speaker:  Rajamanohar Somasundarama AquaConnect
  • Speaker:  Ezhil Subbian String Bio Pvt. Ltd.
  • Speaker:  TBD
  • Moderator:  James Wright Global Aquaculture Alliance
You Be the Judge: Global Aquaculture Innovation Award Finalists Make Their Pitch11:30 am to 12:10 pm

You pick the winner! For the second consecutive year, the winner of the seventh annual Global Aquaculture Innovation Award will be selected by the audience after three finalists present their innovations on Day 2. A record 41 applications from 20 countries were submitted this year. The three finalists have been selected by a panel of judges and will be announced in the Global Aquaculture Advocate beginning on Sept. 24. In 2012, GAA established the competition to recognize individuals and companies finding new solutions to the key challenges facing aquaculture. Sponsored by Preferred Freezer Services.

  • Speaker:  TBD
  • Speaker:  TBD
  • Speaker:  TBD
  • Moderator:  George Chamberlain Global Aquaculture Alliance
Ceremony: F3 Challenge Winner Announced12:10 pm to 12:20 pm

Join the F3 (Fish-Free Feed) Challenge as it recognizes the winner of its latest competition. A sizable cash prize will be awarded to the team that sells the greatest amount of a marine animal ingredients-free fish oil substitute from cultured organisms, including yeast, algae and fungus in a dry powder or liquid form. The award will be presented by Michael Tlusty of the University of Massachusetts-Boston and GAA Standards Oversight Committee.

  • Speaker:  TBD
  • Speaker:  Michael Tlusty UMass Boston
Marketplace Roundtable: International12:20 pm to 1:00 pm

The world’s leading retail and foodservice companies are always well represented at GOAL. Each year, GAA hand picks some of the more influential buyers and suppliers to address the major challenges and opportunities facing aquaculture. Moderated by BAP’s Mike Berthet, this is the second of three question-and-answer marketplace roundtable, focusing on the challenges and opportunities for the international buying community.

  • Speaker:  Tony Downs Sysco Corp.
  • Speaker:  Dan Underkoffler Sam’s Club
  • Speaker:  Ben Wheeley Brakes Group
  • Speaker:  Laky Zervudachi Direct Seafoods
  • Moderator:  Mike Berthet Best Aquaculture Practices

Lunch | Royal Ballroom

Lunch1:00 pm to 1:30 pm
Ceremony: Presentation of Wallace R. Stevens Lifetime Achievement Award1:45 pm to 2:00 pm

During lunch, the second of two recipients of the Wallace R. Stevens Lifetime Achievement Award will be recognized.

Breakouts

Breakouts3:00 pm to 5:00 pm
Breaking the Boom and Bust Cycle: How Area Management Can Solve Aquaculture’s Challenges3:00 pm to 5:00 pm

Donal Maguire, technical services director of Ireland’s Bord Iascaigh Mhara (BIM), and Peter Marshall, CEO of RS Standards and chair of GAA’s new Biosecurity Area Management Standards, are calling on stakeholders and funders to join this discussion on the potential of area management to solve aquaculture’s challenges, including disease management, which costs the industry $6 billion per year. They will discuss how area management projects can be a stepping stone to programs such as BIM’s CLAMS (Coordinated Local Aquaculture Management Systems) and the Biosecurity Area Management Standards.

  • Speaker:  Donal Maguire Bord Iascaigh Mhara (BIM)
  • Speaker:  Peter Marshall RS Standards
Breakout: The Reverse Pitch3:00 pm to 5:00 pm

It’s really common for start-up CEOs to pitch to investors to attract funding. But what will happen if we take a reverse approach and change roles for one time? Instead of the entrepreneurs pitching to investors, during “The Reverse Pitch” investors will pitch to start-up entrepreneurs. The Reverse Pitch will provide a transparent platform where both start-ups and investors get to learn from each other, an open two-way communication to talk about the challenges of scaling solutions for a more sustainable aquaculture industry. Organized in conjunction with Aqua-Spark, this breakout will contribute to a healthy and flourishing start-up ecosystem in aquaculture.

Bring About the Blue Revolution with GAA and Aqua-Spark5:00 pm to 6:00 pm

Immediately following the “The Reverse Pitch” breakout, join your colleagues in a fun and inspiring networking event in which we’ll celebrate our growing global aquaculture network and the task we all share: Feeding the world with responsible aquaculture. Wear something blue for a special toast to the Blue Revolution presented by Aqua-Spark. We’ll be taking a group photo, so don’t forget — Wear Blue on Day 2!

Gala Reception & Dinner | The Flying Elephant, Park Hyatt Chennai

Gala Reception & Dinner6:30 pm to 10:30 pm

Join your fellow attendees for dinner and drinks at The Flying Elephant restaurant at the Park Hyatt Chennai. Open to all attendees. Transportation to and from venue provided. Sponsored by Devi Seafoods Ltd.

Day 3 Program Agenda

Breakfast | Spectra Restaurant, 1st Floor

Breakfast7:00 am to 9:00 am

Plenary | Grand Ballroom B & C

Keynote Address: Corporate Social Responsibility9:00 am to 9:20 am

As the global director of corporate affairs and sustainability at Thai Union Group since 2015, Darian McBain has taken one of the world’s largest seafood companies from a commodity focus to a wholistic ecosystem approach, with an emphasis on oceans and people. Working within the framework of the UN Sustainable Development Goals, McBain developed Thai Union’s sustainability strategy, SeaChange®. She also played a role in Thai Union adopting its Ethical Migrant Recruitment Policy, one of the first “zero-fees” recruitment models regionally, which encouraged the Thai government to adopt new legislation eliminating recruitment broker use in Thailand. In her keynote address, McBain will focus on the two main topics of discussion for the Day 3 plenary — social responsibility and feed sustainability — and how each of the two play off of each other.

  • Speaker:  Darian McBain Thai Union Group
Worker Voice: Aquaculture as a Vehicle for Positive Social Change9:20 am to 10:00 am

Social responsibility in aquaculture and fisheries is not simply the absence of slave labor and forced labor. To solve its labor challenges, the industry must treat the problem, not the symptoms, by providing platforms for worker voice and creating safe working conditions with gender equality, protections for young workers and community development. Leading off the session is a presentation by Rani Hong of Rani’s Voice, a survivor of child trafficking and one of the world’s leading voices in the fight against modern-day slavery. Following Hong is a presentation by Birgitte Krough-Poulsen, who will present the final results of an impact assessment conducted by KIT Royal Tropical Institute and aimed at gauging whether GAA’s Best Aquaculture Practices standards in Chile, Indonesia and Vietnam are driving social change and improvement. Moderated by BAP’s Avery Siciliano, the session will conclude with a question-and-answer panel discussion.

  • Speaker:  Darian McBain Thai Union Group
  • Speaker:  Rani Hong Rani’s Voice
  • Speaker:  Birgitte Krough-Poulsen Poulsen Consulting/GAA Standards Oversight Committee
  • Speaker:  TBD
  • Moderator:  Avery Siciliano Best Aquaculture Practices
Coffee & Tea Break | Grand Ballroom Foyer10:00 am to 10:30 am
Not So Novel: Bridging the Gap Between Innovation and Market Acceptance in the Feed Sector10:30 am to 11:10 am

Moderated by BAP’s Dan Lee, representatives of the various feed ingredient sectors will discuss the obstacles associated with bringing new feed ingredient products to market. Despite a strong sustainability story, acceptance in the production community as well as in the retail and foodservice community remains a challenge. But progress is being made. Sponsored by Veramaris.

  • Speaker:  Karim Kurmaly Veramaris
  • Speaker:  Chris Haacke Corbion Algae Ingredients
  • Speaker:  Allan LeBlanc Calysta
  • Speaker:  Chloé Phan Van Phi Innovafeed
  • Moderator:  Dan Lee Best Aquaculture Practices
Marketplace Roundtable: North America11:10 am to 12:00 pm

The world’s leading retail and foodservice companies and seafood supply companies are always well represented at GOAL. Each year, GAA hand picks some of the more influential buyers and suppliers to address the major challenges and opportunities facing aquaculture. Moderated by BAP’s Chris Trosin, this is the third of three question-and-answer marketplace roundtable, focusing on the challenges and opportunities specific to North America.

  • Speaker:  Damon Colella HelloFresh
  • Speaker:  Beth Grant Ahold Delhaize USA
  • Speaker:  Derrick Guss The Walt Disney Co.
  • Speaker:  Trevyr Lester Walmart
  • Speaker:  Jennifer Wandler US Foods
  • Moderator:  Chris Trosin Best Aquaculture Practices
Closing Address12:00 pm to 12:30 pm

GOAL veteran Travis Larkin of The Seafood Exchange wraps up the conference with a summary of three-day program, reflecting on this year’s theme, “Connect. Collaborate. Commit.” The location of GAA’s GOAL 2020 conference will also be unveiled.

  • Speaker:  Travis Larkin The Seafood Exchange

Lunch | Royal Ballroom

Lunch | Royal Ballroom1:00 pm to 2:30 pm

What to Expect at GOAL 2019


Field Trips

Muttukadu Shrimp Hatchery: A half-day tour of the BMR Group shrimp hatchery in Muttukadu, which is located about one hour south of The Leela Palace, is scheduled for Monday, Oct. 21. Transportation provided. Departure from the hotel at 1 p.m. and again at 2 p.m. (two separate groups). Space is limited. To sign up, contact GAA’s Steven Hedlund.

Nellore Shrimp Farm, Processing Plant and/or Feed Mill: A full-day tour in the Nellore area, which is 3 1/2 hours north of Chennai, is scheduled for Monday, Oct. 21. Transportation provided. Departure from The Leela Palace at 7 a.m. The tour is of a BMR Group shrimp farm in the morning and a BMR Group processing plant or feed mill in the afternoon (participants’ choice/two separate groups), with lunch in between. Return to hotel at around 10 p.m. Space is limited. To sign up, contact GAA’s Steven Hedlund.

BMR Shrimp Hatchery


Vijayawada

Inaugural “Farmers’ Day”

For the first time this year, the GOAL program is being broadcast live beyond the conference venue. Farm managers and technicians as well as hatchery and processing plant operators are invited to view the Day 1 program on Tuesday, Oct. 22, in one of four shrimp-farming hubs throughout India — NOCCI International Expo Centre in Balasore, the Accord Hotel in Puducherry, the Courtyard Marriott Hotel in Surat and the Gateway Hotel in Vijayawada. The inaugural “Farmers’ Day” is sponsored by Avanti Feeds Ltd. For more information, contact GAA’s Sally Krueger.


Culinary Competition

The third annual student chef culinary competition, sponsored by Charoen Pokphand Foods, will take place at the Leela Palace on Day 1. In 2017, GAA established the competition to provide student chefs with a life-changing experience while partnering with local culinary institutions to raise awareness of responsible aquaculture. Last year’s competition at Escuela Culinary de las Americas in Guayaquil, Ecuador, drew more than 60 applicants, and the winner, Fernando Correa, received a five-day training session at the Royal Garden Hotel in Kensington, London, and met world renowned chef Raymond Blanc. This year’s competition will feature some of the best young chefs that India has to offer!


Aquaculture Innovation Award Presentation

Global Aquaculture Innovation Award

You pick the winner! For the second consecutive year, the winner of the seventh annual Global Aquaculture Innovation Award, sponsored by Preferred Freezer Services, will be selected by the audience after three finalists present their innovations on Day 2. A record 41 applications from 20 countries were submitted this year. The three finalists have been selected by a panel of judges and will be announced in the Global Aquaculture Advocate beginning on Sept. 24. In 2012, GAA established the competition to recognize individuals and companies finding new solutions to the key challenges facing aquaculture.

Past Winners


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 will be represented on stage and in the audience at GOAL 2019 are Ahold Delhaize, Bon Appétit Management Company, Brakes Group, Direct Seafoods, Disney, Gordon Food Service, Harvest Food Distributors, Hello Fresh, Hema Fresh, Publix, Red Lobster, Sam’s Club, Sysco, US Foods and Walmart.

Marketplace company representatives


Sustainable Ocean Leadership Institute

On Sunday, Oct. 20, the Sustainable Ocean Leadership Institute (SOLI) is holding a workshop to preview the 2020 SOLI program and to deepen attendees’ understanding of climate change’s effect on the region’s seafood production. Around the world, balancing employment with sustainable fisheries development is difficult, now being exacerbated by climate change. However, by understanding these challenges, industry leaders can begin to identify solutions and trade-offs to facilitate permanent cultural changes to meet the needs of local communities. This full-day workshop from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. will include an introduction to climate science, an in-depth look at its impact from local experts and a field trip. Transportation and meals (breakfast and lunch) are included. Cost is $99 for GAA members and $199 for non-members. To register, or for more information, contact soli@seafoodassurances.org.


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Early (June 30) $1,495 $2,095 $1,495
Regular (July 1-Sept 15) $2,095 $2,695 $2,095
Late (Sept 16-Oct 14) $2,695 $3,295 $2,695
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Members
  • Early (June 30)
    $1,495
  • Regular (July 1-Sept 15)
    $2,095
  • Late (Sept 16-Oct 14)
    $2,695
Non-Members
  • Early (June 30)
    $2,095
  • Regular (July 1-Sept 15)
    $2,695
  • Late (Sept 16-Oct 14)
    $3,295
In-Country (India)
  • Early (June 30)
    $1,495
  • Regular (July 1-Sept 15)
    $2,095
  • Late (Sept 16-Oct 14)
    $2,695

Become a Sponsor

Leverage your relationship with GAA and bolster your visibility throughout the aquaculture community by sponsoring GOAL 2019. Aligning with GAA is a statement about your long-term commitment to responsible aquaculture. Interested? Check out the GOAL 2019 sponsorship benefits and contact GAA’s Sally Krueger at sally.krueger@aquaculturealliance.org. Act fast, as sponsorship packages are sold only once on a first-come, first-serve basis. GAA membership is included GOAL sponsorship.

 

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GOAL 2018 Recap

Conference Summary

GAA’s GOAL 2018 conference was held in Guayaquil, Ecuador. Missed last year’s conference? PDFs of all GOAL 2018 presentations — including original data on global farmed shrimp production and global farmed finfish production, based on GAA’s exclusive aquaculture production survey — are available to GOAL attendees and GAA members only in the GAA member toolkit.

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GOAL 2019 Keynote Speakers Announced

The three keynote speakers for the GOAL 2019 conference have just been unveiled! Ramanan Laxminarayan, Darian McBain and Fabrice DeClerck will address three of the major challenges facing aquaculture — antibiotic use in aquaculture and antimicrobial resistance in humans, social responsibility, and balancing responsible food production with the health of humans and the planet, respectively.

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