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. It is the first time that GOAL will be held in India in its 19-year history. It is also the 20th installment of GOAL as well as the 10th time that GOAL has been held in Asia. Registration will open toward the end of April. 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.


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


Leverage your relationship with GAA and bolster your visibility throughout the aquaculture community by sponsoring GOAL. 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. Act fast, as sponsorship benefits are sold only once on a first-come, first-serve basis. GAA membership is required to sponsor GOAL 2019.


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)

Student Chef Cooking Competition

For the third consecutive year, GAA is organizing a student chef cooking competition in conjunction with GOAL. The purpose of the competition is 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 the 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, with an opportunity to meet world renowned chef Raymond Blanc. Interested in being the sole sponsor of the competition? Contact GAA’s Sally Krueger.

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

Congratulations to Zach Stein of Osmo Systems, winner of the sixth annual Global Aquaculture Innovation Award! The other two finalists were VakSea and MNL Group. Applications for the seventh annual competition will be accepted beginning in May. This year’s competition is sponsored by Preferred Freezer Services.

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. The program is currently in development and will be published soon. 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. Interested in presenting? Contact GAA’s Steven Hedlund. PDFs of all GOAL 2018 presentations are available to GOAL 2018 attendees in the HTML version of the conference app and to GAA members in the GAA member toolkit.

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
  • Veramaris
  • Eastern Fish Company
  • Grobest
  • Aqua Connect
  • Aqua-Spark
  • STIP
  • Aquaculture Spectrum
  • Aqua Culture Asia Pacific