Aquaculture’s Premier Conference
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Key Conference Program Topics
- Production Data & Analysis
- International Trade
- Responsible Sourcing
- Consumer Education & Marketing
- Social Accountability
- Food Safety
- Animal Health & Welfare
- Antibiotics & Antimicrobial Resistance
- Environmental Responsibility
- Climate Change
- Innovation & Technology
Featured Retail & Foodservice Buyers
- Ahold Delhaize
- Bon Appétit Management Company
- Brakes Group
- Direct Seafood
- Gordon Food Service
- Harvest Food Distributors
- Hello Fresh
- Hema Fresh/Alibaba
- Red Lobster
- Sam's Club
- US Foods
- The Walt Disney Company
GOAL Goes Virtual in 2020!
The world is changing, and so is GAA’s annual GOAL conference. This year, GOAL will be held virtually. Since its inception in 2001, GOAL has built a reputation for quality. Expect the same degree of quality with a virtual experience, with live streaming, live Q&A and polling, virtual meetings, virtual networking and matchmaking opportunities, and on-demand access to recorded program sessions. It’s the next best thing to a live experience. Next year, GOAL will return to Tokyo, Japan, featuring a “hybrid” experience with both a live event and a virtual event occurring simultaneously.
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GOAL 2019 Highlights: Innovation Award Winner Ace Aquatec
GOAL 2019 Highlights: Student Culinary Competition
We value your membership
To show our appreciation for your support, this year we’re opening the GOAL conference to all individual and corporate members at no additional cost. To access the functionality of the virtual event — including live streaming, live Q&A and polling, virtual meetings, virtual networking and matchmaking opportunities, and on-demand access to recordings of the live stream — you simply need to be a member. Your support allows us to continue to act as a voice for responsible aquaculture and organize pre-competitive activities such as GOAL.
For corporate members interested in leveraging their relationship with GAA and bolstering their visibility throughout the aquaculture community, sponsorship opportunities are available. Your support through membership and sponsorship also allows us to share the live stream of the virtual event with members of GAA’s strategic partners. We can all agree that a more informed, better educated aquaculture community benefits us all. Here are the options for participating in and sponsoring the virtual event.
GOAL 2019 Conference Program Highlights
The 2019 conference program featured 60 speakers from 16 countries providing insight on the trends shaping the future of responsible aquaculture production and sourcing. Topics included antibiotic use in aquaculture and antimicrobial resistance in humans; social responsibility; balancing responsible food production with the health of humans and the planet; improvements in shrimp production practices and disease management techniques; marketing; area management; capacity building and smallholder engagement; investment; and feed sustainability. And, for the 13th consecutive year, the results of GAA’s exclusive global aquaculture production surveys for shrimp and finfish were presented. Check out a recap of the four-day event in the GAA blog or in the Global Aquaculture Advocate. Access PDFs of all GOAL 2019 presentations in the GAA member toolkit (GAA members only). The GOAL 2020 conference program will be published in June.
GOAL 2019 Recap
Global Aquaculture Innovation Award
For the second consecutive year, the winner of the seventh annual Global Aquaculture Innovation Award was selected by the GOAL audience. The three finalists were Mike Forbes of Ace Aquatec, Emily Glenn of Arbiom and Adriano Mallmann of Pegasus Science. With just over half of the audience vote, Forbes was chosen as the winner for his Scottish company’s in-water electric stunning device designed to slaughter fish more humanely. In 2012, GAA established the competition to recognize individuals and companies finding new solutions to the key challenges facing aquaculture. In 2019, a record 43 applications from 20 countries were submitted. Sponsored by Preferred Freezer Services. Applications for this year’s eight annual Global Aquaculture Innovation Award are being accepted through June 15.
Student Culinary Competition
In 2017, GAA established the Student Culinary Competition to provide student chefs with a life-changing experience while partnering with local culinary institutions to raise awareness of responsible aquaculture. In 2019, the three finalists were Kewal G. Chauhan, Siddhant Jaiswal and Manisha Yogesh, selected from a record 500 applicants from seven cities across India. Manisha Yogesh (pictured at left) was chosen as the winner for her entrée, Tilapia Poêlé with Crevette Arancini, Tossed Summer Vegetables, Cauliflower Saffron Puree and Wasabi De Spuma. Sponsored by Charoen Pokphand Foods. The next competition will be held at GOAL 2021 in Tokyo, Japan.
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, and Brahmanandam Potru, founder and CEO of Indian shrimp producer Devi Seafoods (pictured at left with GAA’s Bill Herzig). 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.
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 represented on stage and in the audience at GOAL 2019 were Ahold Delhaize, Bon Appétit Management Company, Brakes Group, Direct Seafoods, Gordon Food Service, Harvest Food Distributors, Hello Fresh, Hema Fresh/Alibaba, Publix, Red Lobster, Sam’s Club, Sysco, US Foods, Walmart and The Walt Disney Company.
For the first time in 2019, the GOAL program was broadcast live beyond the conference venue in Chennai, India. Dubbed “Farmers’ Day,” the event drew dozens of participants in four shrimp-farming and -processing hubs throughout India (Balasore, Puducherry, Surat and Vijayawada) as well as six Southeast Asia cities. Using the conference’s mobile application, participants were able to take part in live Q&A and polling. Sponsored by Avanti Feeds Ltd. This year, the entire GOAL conference will be held virtually.
Become a Sponsor
Leverage your relationship with GAA and bolster your visibility throughout the aquaculture community by sponsoring GOAL 2020. Your sponsorship comes with array of benefits and allows us to share the live stream with members of GAA’s strategic partners at no cost. We can all agree that a more informed, better educated aquaculture community benefits us all.
GOAL 2021, Tokyo, Japan
GOAL 2021 will be held at The Okura Tokyo next fall (dates to be determined). Registration will open next spring. Join us!
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.