Global Outlook for Aquaculture Leadership (GOAL) Conference

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

Chennai, India

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 installment of GOAL as well as the 10th time that GOAL has been held in Asia. Please note that a visa is required to enter India. The application process is simple and can be completed entirely online. Visit the government of India’s e-visa website to get started.


Registration for GOAL 2019 is open! To register, log in to your GAA user account or create a free user account if you don’t already have one. Click on “My Account” to access your user account, and then click on the “Events” tab to initiate the registration process. You can pay by credit card or invoice. Questions about registration? Please contact GAA’s Maddie Cassidy at maddie.cassidy@aquaculturealliance.org.


RegistrationEarly (June 30)(July 1-Sept. 15) Late (Sept. 16-Oct. 14)
In-Country (India)$1,495$2,095$2,695
Social Guests$500$500$500

Hotel & Transportation

To book a room at the Leela Palace, or to inquire about transportation to and from the airport, please contact GAA’s Sally Krueger at sally.krueger@aquaculturealliance.org or the Leela Palace’s Sabari Nath at sabari.nath@theleela.com.


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.


Sponsorship BenefitsPlatinum ($35,000)Gold ($21,000)Silver ($13,000)
Gala Reception & Dinner (Oct. 23)SOLD
Opening Reception (Oct. 21)SOLD
Marketplace Reception & Dinner (Oct. 22, Invitation Only)SOLD
7th Annual Global Aquaculture Innovation Award (Oct. 23)SOLD
Technology (Including Conference Application & Help Desk)SOLD
Farmers' Day (Oct. 22)SOLD
3rd Annual Student Chef Cooking Competition (Oct. 22)SOLD
Program Content✔ (Multiple Sessions Available)
GAA/BAP Stakeholder Luncheon (Oct. 21)
Day 1, 2 or 3 Lunch✔(Multiple Lunches Available)
Day 1, 2 or 3 Break✔ (Multiple Breaks Available)
Branded Item Placement Onsite (See Shopping List)✔ ($15,000 To Spend)✔ ($7,500 To Spend)
Item Placement in Delegate Pack
Logo Placement Onsite & Online
Display Advertising (Global Aquaculture Advocate & MyGAA)✔ (200,000 Impressions)✔ (100,000 Impressions)✔ (50,000 Impressions)
Complimentary RegistrationsFour ($5,600 Value)Two ($2,800 Value)One ($1,400 Value)

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 were represented on stage and in the audience at GOAL 2018 were BJ’s Wholesale ClubCaptain D’sGiant Eagle, Japanese Consumers Co-Operative UnionJD.comMeijer, Red Lobster Seafood Co.Sysco Corp., US Foods and The Walt Disney Co.

Global Aquaculture Innovation Award

GAA is now accepting applications for the seventh annual Global Aquaculture Innovation Award, sponsored by Preferred Freezer Services. In 2012, GAA established the competition to recognize individuals and companies finding new solutions to the key challenges facing aquaculture. Examples include technologies that mitigate the occurrence of animal diseases or parasites, or that reduce or eliminate the use of antibiotics to treat animals; technologies that improve production efficiencies at the hatchery or farm levels while mitigating environmental impact; advances in offshore or land-based recirculation technologies; novel feed ingredients; reductions in carbon footprint through improved energy efficiency or regeneration; and social programs designed to improve living and working conditions at the farm or processing levels.

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 of GOAL 2019. In 2017, GAA established the competition to provide student chefs with a life-changing experience while partnering with the local culinary institutions that are shaping the future of foodservice 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.

Conference Program

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. Check out the GOAL 2019 agenda outline. Topics will include production data and analysis/trade flow, marketing, antibiotics and antimicrobial resistance, area management/capacity building/smallholder engagement, investment and innovation, social responsibility, aquafeed sustainability, and climate change. For information on the program, which is currently in development and will be published soon, contact GAA’s Steven Hedlund at steven.hedlund@aquaculturealliance.org.


Monday, Oct. 21 (Day 0)Tuesday, Oct. 22 (Day 1)Wednesday, Oct. 23 (Day 2)Thursday, Oct. 24 (Day 3)
RegistrationPlenary: Keynote Address on Diet,
Nutrition & Sustainability; Aquaculture
Production Data & Analysis; Trends in
International Trade; Consumer Marketing;
Marketplace Roundtable: Europe
Plenary: Keynote Address on Global
Economy; Antibiotic Use in Aquaculture
& Antimicrobial Resistance in Humans;
Investment in Aquaculture; Innovation in
Aquaculture; Area Management,
Capacity Building & Smallholder
Engagement; Marketplace Roundtable:
North America
Plenary: Keynote Address from
Industry Captain; Social
Responsibility; Aquafeed
Ingredients & Sustainability;
Marketplace Roundtable: Asia &
Middle East
GAA/BAP Stakeholder UpdateLunch

Breakouts: Unified Marketing for Shrimp

Student Chef Cooking Competition
Breakouts: Antibiotic Use in
Aquaculture & Antimicrobial Resistance
in Humans; Area Management, Capacity
Building & Smallholder Engagement
Opening ReceptionVIP Reception & DinnerGala Reception & Dinner

Past GOAL Events

  • GOAL 2018
    Guayaquil, Ecuador
  • 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


  • Apex Frozen Foods
  • Avanti Feeds
  • CP Foods
  • Devi Fisheries
  • Devi Seafoods
  • Preferred Freezer
  • Sandhya Aqua
  • Falcon Marine
  • Mazzetta
  • Veramaris
  • Eastern Fish Company
  • Grobest
  • F3
  • Aqua Connect
  • Aqua-Spark
  • STIP
  • Aquaculture Spectrum
  • Aqua Culture Asia Pacific