Plenary

9 a.m. to 1:30 p.m., Wednesday, Oct. 4, Hogan Suite

Opening Ceremony

Traditional Irish drumming and singing.
9 to 9:10 a.m.

Opening Address

How are farmers, processors, distributors and marketers of aquaculture products going to deliver wholesome and healthy seafood to an increasing number of consumers? What will it take to meet the world’s steadily growing appetite for seafood? In his opening address, Global Aquaculture Alliance Executive Director Wally Stevens will talk about the need for a unified vision for seafood and will challenge the audience to think beyond “silos” to a more unified approach to stewardship of this important resource.
Wally Stevens | Global Aquaculture Alliance
9:10 to 9:20 a.m.

Welcoming Address

Mr. Michael Creed T.D., Ireland’s Minister for Agriculture, Food and the Marine, welcomes the audience to Ireland.
Michael Creed | Ireland’s Minister for Agriculture, Food and the Marine
9:20 to 9:30 a.m.

Keynote Address

Dr. Pearse Lyons is founder and president of Alltech, a U.S.-based animal health company with 5,000 employees and annual sales in excess of $2 billion. In his keynote address, Dr. Lyons, a forward thinker, will provide the audience with a vision of the future of food production, particularly aquaculture, and technology’s role in disrupting traditional business practices. An Irish native, Dr. Lyons recently opened Pearse Lyons Distillery at St. James in Dublin.
Pearse Lyons | Alltech
9:30 to 10 a.m.

Global Farmed Shrimp Production Data and Forecasts

For the 11th consecutive year, Jim Anderson, a professor and director of the Institute for Sustainable Food Systems at the University of Florida, will present and analyze exclusive data on global farmed shrimp production. Anderson will deliver projections for 2017, 2018 and 2019, based on surveys of dozens of producers, associations and government agencies worldwide. The surveys are administered annually by GAA’s Dr. Darryl Jory.
Jim Anderson | University of Florida
10 to 10:30 a.m.

Global Farmed Finfish Production Data and Forecasts

For the 11th consecutive year, Ragnar Tveteras, an economist and professor at the University of Stavanger’s Department for Industrial Economics, Risk Management and Planning in Norway, will present and analyze exclusive data on global farmed finish production. Tveteras will deliver projections for 2017, 2018 and 2019, based on surveys of dozens of producers, associations and government agencies worldwide. The surveys are administered annually by GAA’s Dr. Darryl Jory. Also contributing is Ragnar Nystoyl of Kontali Analyse. Finfish species range from freshwater species such as tilapia, pangasius, catfish and carp to diadromous species such as salmon, trout and barramundi to marine species such as sea bass and sea bream, cobia, Atlantic cod, bluefin tuna, grouper and flatfish (flounder halibut and turbot).
Ragnar Tveteras | University of Stavanger
10:30 to 11 a.m.

The Story Behind the Numbers: Issues Impacting Production

Dr. George Chamberlain, president of the Global Aquaculture Alliance, tells the story behind the data by outlining the issues impacting production, from animal disease to market resistance to international trade politics. Chamberlain is an authority on animal disease, particularly diseases affecting farmed shrimp, and will provide an update on the impact of diseases such as early mortality syndrome (EMS), enterocytozoon hepatopenaei (EHP) and tilapia lake virus (TiLV).
George Chamberlain | Global Aquaculture Alliance
11 to 11:15 a.m.

Coffee and Tea Break

11:15 to 11:35 a.m., Hogan Suite Foyer
Sponsored by Sunnyvale Seafoods

Special Announcement

During a brief ceremony, GAA will make a special announcement involving its Best Aquaculture Practices third-party certification program.
11:35 a.m. to 11:45 p.m.

Aquafeed Sustainability: The Next 20

Dan Lee, Best Aquaculture Practices standards coordinator, will lead a question-and-answer panel discussion on aquafeed sustainability featuring representatives of the various aquafeed ingredient sectors, including fishmeal, plant-based ingredients and alternative ingredients. The discussion will focus on the latest sustainability initiatives, the need to refocus on the nutritional profile of farmed seafood as well as the sustainability profile, and the future of aquafeed.
Kevin Fitzsimmons | University of Arizona, F3 Fish-Free Feed Challenge
Andrew Mallison | IFFO-The Marine Ingredients Organisation

Walt Rakitsky | TerraVia
Josh Silverman | Calysta
Jim Sutter | U.S. Soybean Export Council

Moderator: Dan Lee | Best Aquaculture Practices
11:45 a.m. to 12:15 p.m.

Award Presentation: F3 Fish-Free Feed Challenge

The winner of the F3 Fish-Free Feed Challenge will be unveiled and presented with a $200,000 prize during a brief ceremony. Launched at GOAL 2015 in Vancouver, Canada, the competition challenged aquafeed manufacturers to either produce and sell the most seafood-free aquaculture feed using innovative formulations of proteins and lipids by Sept. 15, 2017, or be the first to reach 100,000 metric tons of seafood-free feed sales. The award will be presented by Dr. Kevin Fitzsimmons of the University of Arizona.
Kevin Fitzsimmons | University of Arizona, F3 Fish-Free Feed Challenge
Recipient to be announced on stage
12:15 to 12:30 p.m.

Aquaculture as a Vehicle for Positive Social Change

Birgitte Krogh-Poulsen of Poulsen Consulting, an independent international social development consultant and a GAA Standards Oversight Committee (SOC) member, will explain aquaculture’s role in lifting people out of poverty and addressing the root causes of human rights violations through responsible aquaculture. Krogh-Poulsen’s presentation will frame that afternoon’s question-and-answer panel discussion on the seafood-specific social responsibility initiatives aimed at preventing forced labor and child labor in the seafood supply chain. Following Krogh-Poulsen with real-life success stories of lifting people out of poverty are fellow SOC member Davide Little of Sterling University and Deva Nihal, national project coordinator for the International Labour Organization in Sri Lanka.
Birgitte Krogh-Poulsen | Poulsen Consulting
David Little | Stirling University
Deva Nihal
| International Labour Organization
12:30 to 12:50 p.m.

Update: Seafood Task Force

Gavin Bailey, director of responsible sourcing at Walmart, will provide an update on the Seafood Task Force (STF), a public-private coalition of seafood processors, feed manufactures, retail and foodservice buyer, government representatives and NGOs working collectively to address human rights abuses and illegal fishing in the seafood supply chain, particularly in Thailand. Bailey is involved in the SFT.
Gavin Bailey | Walmart
12:50 to 1 p.m.

Marketplace Panel Discussion

Each year, representatives of the world’s leading retail, foodservice and wholesale companies field questions about the challenges and opportunities facing aquaculture. Led by Iain Shone, development director for the Global Aquaculture Alliance, the question-and-answer panel discussion will focus on the topics of the day, including production trends and social responsibility. This is the first of four marketplace panel discussions at GOAL 2017.
Will Rash | Big Prawn Co.

Jeremy Ryland Langley | Waitrose
Jennifer Wandler | US Foods
Scott Williams | BJ’s Wholesale Club
Moderator: Iain Shone | Global Aquaculture Alliance
1 to 1:30 p.m.

Lunch

1:30 to 3 p.m., Canal Suite
Sponsored by Apex Frozen Foods

Breakouts

3 to 5 p.m.

Best Aquaculture Practices Update Meeting

Join the BAP team for the annual BAP Update Meeting. Topics will include new facility development and growth, market development, area management, program integrity, membership, digital marketing, e-learning and technology. To attend, contact BAP Certification Manager Ali Blais at ali.blais@bapcertificaiton.org by Sept. 29.
1:30 p.m., Room 679-680, lunch provided

INVITATION ONLY: BAP Marketplace Meeting

1:30 p.m., Room 683-684, lunch provided

Bringing the Data to Life, Part 2: Issues Impacting Production

Along with Jim Anderson and Ragnar Tveteras, George Chamberlain will take a closer look at the the issues impacting production, from animal disease to market resistance to international trade politics.
Jim Anderson
| University of Florida
Ragnar Tveteras | University of Stavanger
Moderator: George Chamberlain | Global Aquaculture Alliance
3 to 5 p.m., Hogan Suite

Seafood-Specific Social Responsibility Initiatives

Melanie Siggs, director of strategic engagements for the Global Aquaculture Alliance, will lead a question-and-answer panel discussion on the seafood-specific social responsibility initiatives aimed at preventing forced labor and child labor in the seafood supply chain.
Gavin Bailey
| Walmart
Estelle Brennan
| Lyons Seafoods/Seafood Task Force
John Connelly | National Fisheries Institute (U.S.) 
Birgitte Krogh-Poulsen | Poulsen Consulting
Libby Woodhatch | Seafish/Responsible Fishing Scheme
Moderator: Melanie Siggs | Global Aquaculture Alliance
3 to 5 p.m., Room 681-682