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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
  • Direct Seafoods
  • Gordon Food Service
  • Harvest Food Distributors
  • Hello Fresh
  • Hema Fresh
  • Hong Kong & Shanghai Hotels
  • Publix
  • Red Lobster
  • Sam's Club
  • Sysco
  • Brakes Group
  • 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 through Sept. 15. Questions about registration? Contact GAA’s Maddie Cassidy. Visa: A visa is required to enter India. The application process can be completed entirely online via India’s e-visa website. It is recommended that you hold off on applying for a visa until the India government issues GOAL an identification number so you may apply for an e-conference visa. 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.

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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 (SOLI) Workshop8:00 am to 5:00 pm

Launching in 2020, SOLI will bring together 25 industry, NGO and government leaders from around the world to address the impact of climate change on seafood production. In this four-hour workshop, participants will gain a better understanding of the structure and content of next year’s SOLI program. Cost is $99 for GAA members and $199 for non-members. To register, contact soli@seafoodassurances.org.

Day 0 Program Agenda

Registration

Registration10:00 am to 6:00 pm

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 Meeting10:00 am to 12:00 pm

Open to GAA directors and staff only.

Tour: BMR Hatchery Muttukadu

Tour: BMR Hatchery Muttukadu to

Space is limited. Transportation to and from venue provided. Time to be announced soon. To reserve a spot, contact steven.hedlund@aquaculturealliance.org.

#ofFISHal Member Happy Hour

#ofFISHal Member Happy Hour3:45 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 Meeting4:30 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 Ceremony6:00 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 Reception6:30 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 remarkable advances 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
“Salmonizing” Shrimp: How Innovations in Salmon Farming, Processing and Marketing Is a Model for Success12:00 pm to 12:30 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. What does the future look like? A Norwegian presenter will address transformative salmon farming technologies and innovations, including post-smolt recirculating systems and open-ocean culture and processing technologies.

  • Speaker:  Glenn Cooke Cooke Aquaculture
  • Speaker:  TBD
  • Moderator:  George Chamberlain Global Aquaculture Alliance
Marketplace Roundtable: Asia12:30 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:  Frank Huang Hema Fresh/Alibaba
  • Speaker:  Janice Lao Hong Kong and Shanghai Hotels
  • Speaker:  Joe Qiao Qingdao Meichu Foods
  • 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.

Breakouts

Breakouts3:00 pm to 5:00 pm

Breakouts TBD.

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

Keynote Address: Antibiotic Use in Aquaculture and Antimicrobial Resistance in Humans8:00 am to 8:20 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 Humans8:20 am to 8:50 am

Keynote speaker Ramanan Laxminarayan will join Ramraj Dhamodar of Padmanabha Labs/HiBreeds Shrimp Hatchery, 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:  Ramraj Dhamodar Padmanabha Labs/HiBreeds Shrimp Hatchery
  • Speaker:  Ruth Hoban New England Seafood
  • Speaker:  Will Rash Big Prawn Co.
  • Moderator:  Iain Shone Global Aquaculture Alliance
Beyond Certification: How Area Management, Capacity Building and Smallholder Engagement Are Driving Sustainability in Aquaculture8:50 am to 9:20 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 brief presentation.

  • 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
Start Me Up: Award-Winning Innovations for Shrimp Farmers9:20 am to 9:30 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
Scaling Solutions for the Blue Revolution Through Investment9:30 am to 10:15 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:  Amy Novogratz Aqua-Spark
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  • Moderator:  James Wright Global Aquaculture Alliance
Coffee & Tea Break | Grand Ballroom Foyer10:15 am to 10:45 am
Bold Visions for India’s Aquaculture Future, Powered by PechaKucha!10:45 am to 11:20 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 Pitch11:20 am to 11:55 am

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 the three finalists present their innovations for 10 minutes each. A record 43 applications were submitted this year. Judging is currently under way, and the finalists will be announced one by one in the Global Aquaculture Advocate in September. Sponsored by Preferred Freezer Services.

  • Speaker:  TBD
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  • Moderator:  George Chamberlain Global Aquaculture Alliance
Ceremony: Presentation of Wallace R. Stevens Lifetime Achievement Award11:55 am to 12:20 pm

Recipient to be announced soon.

  • Speaker:  TBD
  • Moderator:  George Chamberlain Global Aquaculture Alliance
Ceremony: F3 Challenge Winner Announced12:20 pm to 12:30 pm

Join the F3 (Fish-Free Feed) Challenge as the winner of its latest competition is recognized. A sizable cash prize will be awarded to the team that has sold the greatest amount of a fish-free fish oil substitute from cultured organisms, including but not limited to yeast, algae and fungus in a dry powder or liquid form. It must be free of marine animal ingredients and have an essential fatty acid profile that meets a specific range criteria. The winner of the previous F3 Challenge for a fish-free fishmeal substitute was Guangdong Evergreen Feed Industry Co., Ltd., which accepted a $201,000 prize at GOAL 2017 in Dublin, Ireland.

  • Speaker:  TBD
  • Speaker:  Kevin Fitzsimmons University of Arizona, F3 Fish-Free Feed Challenge
Marketplace Roundtable: Europe12:30 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 specific to Europe.

  • Speaker:  Olivier Hottlet Belgium Frozen Foods Association
  • Speaker:  Ben Wheeley Brakes Group
  • Speaker:  Laky Zervudachi Direct Seafoods
  • Speaker:  TBD
  • Speaker:  TBD
  • Moderator:  Mike Berthet Best Aquaculture Practices

Lunch | Royal Ballroom

Lunch1:00 pm to 1:30 pm

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

  • Speaker:  Speaker TBD

Breakouts

Breakouts3:00 pm to 5:00 pm

Breakouts TBD.

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

Immediately following the Day 2 afternoon breakouts, 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 Froukje Kruijssen of KIT Royal Tropical Institute, who will present the final results of an impact assessment 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:  Froukje Kruijssen KIT Royal Tropical Institute
  • 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:  Clément Ray InnovaFeed
  • Speaker:  TBD
  • 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:  Tony Downs Sysco Corp.
  • Speaker:  Beth Grant Ahold Delhaize USA
  • Speaker:  Dan Underkoffler Sam’s Club
  • Speaker:  TBD
  • Speaker:  TBD
  • Moderator:  Chris Trosin Best Aquaculture Practices
The Future of Responsible Seafood Assurances: How Will Certification and Rating Programs Work Together?12:00 pm to 12:40 pm

A panel of representatives from the world’s leading third-party aquaculture and fisheries certification and ratings programs will discuss opportunities to drive efficiencies in the certification process and verification process, opportunities for more pre-competitive collaboration, the push to put aquaculture stakeholders on a path of continual improvement, the main threats to providing responsibly sourced seafood, and the effort to reduce confusion and fear in consumers.

  • Speaker:  TBD
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  • Moderator:  TBD
Closing Address12:40 pm to 1:00 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

Breakouts

Breakouts3:00 pm to 5:00 pm

Breakouts TBD.

What to Expect at GOAL 2019


Student Chef Cooking Competition

The third annual student chef cooking 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!


Marketplace company representatives

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, Direct Seafoods, Gordon Food Service, Harvest Food Distributors, Hello Fresh, Hema Fresh, Hong Kong & Shanghai Hotels, Publix, Red Lobster, Sam’s Club, Sysco, Brakes Group and Walmart.


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 43 applications were submitted this year. Judging is currently under way, and the finalists will be announced one by one in the Global Aquaculture Advocate in September. In 2012, GAA established the competition to recognize individuals and companies finding new solutions to the key challenges facing aquaculture.

Past Winners

Aquaculture Innovation Award Presentation


Vijayawada

Chennai & Beyond

For the first time this year, the GOAL program is being broadcast beyond the venue itself. Farm managers and technicians, hatchery operators, processors and others are invited to view the Day 1 plenary in four shrimp-farming and processing hubs throughout India — Balasore, Puducherry, Surat and Vijayawada — at no cost. For more information, contact GAA’s Sally Krueger at sally.krueger@aquaculturealliance.org.


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Regular (July 1-Sept 15) $2,095 $2,695 $2,095
Late (Sept 15-Oct 14) $2,695 $3,295 $2,695
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    $2,095
  • Regular (July 1-Sept 15)
    $2,695
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    $3,295
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  • Early (June 30)
    $1,495
  • Regular (July 1-Sept 15)
    $2,095
  • Late (Sept 15-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 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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