Interested in sponsoring a farmer, student or young professional at GOAL 2018? This year, GAA is matching sponsors with first-time delegates. Part of the sponsor’s contribution goes toward the delegate’s registration and lodging. In addition to helping a passionate individual break into the industry, the sponsor receives logo placement onsite and online, display advertising in the Global Aquaculture Advocate and one complimentary registration to GOAL 2018. Interested? Contact GAA’s Sally Krueger. Please help one of the following aquaculture enthusiasts join us in Guayaquil!


Maira Alejandra Hinostroza Canturin

Maira Hinostroza Canturin

Universidad Tecnológica Nacional

Maira is a fisheries engineer with a passion for aquaculture. At Universidad Nacional del Callao in Perú, Maira focused on nutrition and diet in the production of fingerlings. She helped establish an aquaculture research center at her university and worked for Piscifactoría El Mao, focused on tilapia and shrimp nutrition, diet and culture.

GOAL 2018 “would be a great opportunity to learn about the reality of aquaculture from the experience of the great ones,” she says.

Thank you to S.O.N.G.A. for sponsoring Maira!

Patricia Barrera

Trout Managers SAS

Patricia is the owner of Trout Managers SAS in Colombia. After 20 years in the pharmaceutical industry, Patricia switched careers in 2016 to follow her passion for aquaculture, particularly trout farming and recirculating aquaculture systems.

“I am passionate about the subject, and my vision is to grow production with the best standards and best practices. [GOAL] will allow me to increase my networking in this beautiful industry,” she says.

Samantha Thammahong

Samantha Thammahong

University of Wisconsin-Madison
United States

Samantha is pursuing her master’s degree in comparative biomedical sciences at the University of Wisconsin-Madison, working with the pathogenic strain of Vibrio parahaemolyticus and its effect on the innate immune system of Pacific white shrimp.

“I am interested in attending GOAL to kickstart my career. I am extremely passionate about shrimp aquaculture, and considering Ecuador is a major producer it would afford me many opportunities in the industry,” she says.

Nate Sibinga

Nate Sibinga

Cornell University
United States

Nate is a Ph.D. student at Cornell University, studying nutrition and health in the context of sustainable aquafeeds, with a focus on insect-based feed ingredients. He has degrees from Brown University and Brooklyn College and was a Fulbright scholar at the University of Bergen.

“It is important to me that the work I do has a positive real-world impact. I want to attend GOAL to meet like-minded people who are in a position to help me leverage my research experience and interests into lasting change,” he says.

Whitney Thiel

Whitney Thiel

University of Wisconsin-Madison
United States

Whitney’s passion for aquaculture began while working for the Wisconsin Department of Natural Resources, which led her to pursue a master’s degree at University of Wisconsin-Madison. Through Sea Grant-funded research, she’s studying viral hemorrhagic septicemia virus (VHSv) in freshwater fish, working on validating a non-lethal ELISA testing method.

“I am very interested in the field of aquatic animal health and its real world applications to sustainable aquaculture. GOAL would provide me with excellent networking opportunities and help me learn how I can contribute to sustainable aquaculture,” she says.


Blessing Mboma Mapfumo

Aquaculture Association of South Africa
World Aquaculture Society, Africa Chapter
South Africa

Blessing has more than 15 years of experience in aquaculture development, mostly in sub-Saharan Africa, working with governments, private-sector entities and NGOs. Lately, he’s been working to establish the Africa Chapter of the World Aquaculture Society, based in South Africa.

“GOAL is such a great opportunity to network with aquaculture professionals from several countries,” he says.

Faudi Muhammad

PT Suri Tani Pemuka

Educated at Bogor Agricultural University, Faudi is a fish scientist for PT Suri Tani Pemuka, one of Indonesia’s largest shrimp producers. He has more than eight years of aquaculture experience.

“The role of aquaculture will be increasingly important in fish production to provide nutrients for humans and to alleviate poverty in many rural areas,” he says. “GOAL is especially relevant to my professional expertise, and therefore I would highly appreciate an opportunity to attend this event. This is also an opportunity to familiarize myself with good practices for my personal development.”

Simão Zacarias

University of Stirling’s Institute of Aquaculture
United Kingdom

Simão is currently working on good practices for animal welfare in shrimp hatcheries, with a focus on using non-ablated females of Pacific white shrimp in intensive commercial hatcheries.

“I would like to attend GOAL because it is a unique opportunity to present some of my research results to the industry, retailers, academics and the other groups that usually attends,” he says.

Mashiur Rahman

University of Guelph

A Ph.D. student at the University of Guelph, Mashiur is part of a R&D team that works to strengthen the capacity of community-based aquaculture farming for food security and food safety through an eco-friendly and sustainable food production system.

“GOAL is an opportunity to meet experts and influencers face-to-face,” he says.

Tara Mayes

Tarah Mayes

University of Stirling’s Institute of Aquaculture
United Kingdom

A native of California and an MSc student in sustainable aquaculture at the University of Stirling in Scotland, Tarah is, for her master’s thesis, analyzing the effects of varying levels of omega-3 and oxygen on steroidogenesis in post-smolt Atlantic salmon.

“The wide range of attendees at the GOAL conference is very exciting, and I would be honored to share my research and learn about the R&D going on at an international level in aquafeed, systems design, production and processing,” she says.