GOAL: Aquaculture’s Premier Conference

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, GOAL has been a must-attend event for the world’s aquaculture thought leaders.


The GOAL conference has a 17-year history of convening the world’s aquaculture thought leaders to discuss shared responsibilities and goals. In a 2017 post-conference survey, 69% of respondents said they are “extremely likely” to recommend GOAL to an industry colleague.

Guayaquil, Ecuador

GOAL 2018 will be held at the Hilton Colon Guayaquil in Guayaquil, Ecuador, from Sept. 25 to 27. The hotel, which features almost 45,000 square feet of meeting space and 294 guest rooms, is located just minutes from the airport, convention center and a number of other hotels. Guayaquil is Ecuador’s largest city and is the hub of its prosperous shrimp-farming and -processing sector. This is the first time in seven years that GOAL is being held in Latin America and the first time that GOAL has been held in Ecuador. The conference is being co-hosted by Ecuador’s La Cámara Nacional de Acuacultura, which is celebrating its 25th anniversary this year.

Registration & Sponsored Delegate Program

Registration is now open! To register, log in to your GAA user account in PORTal and click on “GOAL 2018 Conference Registration” to initiate the registration process. Once again this year, GAA is offering a sponsored delegate program whereby a first-time delegate can apply to be matched with a sponsor. This program is ideal for students, farmers, chefs and other aquaculture enthusiasts. Interested in applying? Or interested in sponsoring a delegate? Learn more.


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


Leverage your relationship with GAA and increase 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 at sally.krueger@aquaculturealliance.org.

Access the Marketplace

The world’s leading retail, foodservice and wholesale seafood buyers are always well represented at the conference. Among the companies that were represented on stage and in the audience at GOAL 2017 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 Co.JD.com, Johnson & Wales University, MetroNestle PurinaSchnucksSysco Corp.US FoodsWaitroseWalmart and The Walt Disney Co.


Established in 2012, the Global Aquaculture Innovation Award recognizes individuals and companies finding new solutions to the key challenges facing aquaculture. GAA is now accepting applications for the 2018 competition. This year’s award recipient will receive a complimentary trip (including registration, flight and hotel) to GOAL 2018 as well as the opportunity to present at the conference and be featured in the Global Aquaculture Advocate. Interested in applying? Learn more.


Industry tours of processing plants, farms, hatcheries and feed mills will be offered before and/or after the conference. The tour schedule will be published in the spring. Companion tours of the Galapagos Islands, Quito and Colonial Cuenca for after the conference are also available through Andean Travel Company.


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. The GOAL 2018 program will be published in April. At the conference will be live interpretation from English to Spanish and from Spanish to English. Interested in presenting? Contact GAA’s Steven Hedlund at steven.hedlund@aquaculturealliance.org. Or check out presentations and video from GOAL 2017 in Dublin, Ireland.

Tuesday, September 25th, 2018

Day 1 Program

Hilton Colon Guayaquil

Wednesday, September 26th, 2018

Day 2 Program

Hilton Colon Guayaquil

Thursday, September 27th, 2018

Day 3 Program

Hilton Colon Guayaquil

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
  • Seajoy
  • Cargill
  • Expalsa
  • Grobest