The Next 20: From Promise To Delivery

Join the Global Aquaculture Alliance at historic Croke Park in Dublin, Ireland, to celebrate the organization’s 20th anniversary. The theme of this year’s GOAL conference is “The Next 20: From Promise To Delivery,” addressing the reality of delivering on seafood sustainability promises in the next 20 years. Since its inception in 2001, no aquaculture conference has been as successful as GOAL at connecting producers and suppliers to the marketplace to discuss the major challenges and opportunities facing responsible aquaculture.

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Register by June 30 to qualify for the early registration rate. GAA Members and GAA Premier Partners receive additional discounts on registration. Registration fees are subject to 23% Irish VAT. To begin the registration process, access PORTal and log in to your GAA user account, or watch this video for an explanation of the process.

Croke Park

GOAL 2017 will be held at Croke Park in Dublin, Ireland, from Oct. 3 to 6, 2017. The home of the Gaelic Athletic Association, Croke Park features more than 5,000 square meters of conference space, including a 1,645-square-meter ballroom and 100 meeting rooms.


GAA is holding room blocks with a special rate at the Gresham Hotel and Westin Dublin Hotel, both of which are a 10- to 15-minute walk from Croke Park. Shuttles will run regularly from the hotels to the venue. The Westin is sold out. Please book a room at the Gresham before it sells out, too.


GOAL 2017 features multiple networking opportunities, including the welcome reception at Croke Park on Tuesday, Oct. 3, and the gala reception and dinner at Guinness Storehouse on Thursday, Oct. 5.

Industry Tours

Three industry tours are tentatively scheduled for Oct. 1, 2 and 3, just prior to the conference. The first tour is scheduled for Ireland’s west coast, with an overnight the Hotel Westport on Oct. 1; the full-day tour on Oct. 2 includes Clare Island Salmon, Connemara Seafoods and Irish Seaspray. The cost is €99 and includes transportation, hotel and meals. The second tour is scheduled for Aughrim in the Wicklow Mountains (about 1 1/2 hours from Dublin) on the afternoon of Oct. 2; the tour is of IDAS (Trout) Ltd.’s artisanal trout farm and hatchery. The third tour is scheduled for Dungarvan on Ireland’s south coast (about 3 hours from Dublin) on Oct. 3; the tour is of Harty Oyster. The is no cost associated with the second and third tours. Questions? Contact Steven Hedlund at

Golf Outing

Preferred Freezer Services is hosting and sponsoring a golf outing at Druids Glen Golf Club on Monday, Oct. 2. Transportation will be provided to and from the golf club. The outing is virtually free.

Access the Marketplace

The world’s leading retail and foodservice seafood buyers are always well represented at GOAL. Among the companies represented on stage at GOAL 2016 were Sam’s Club/Walmart, Ahold Delhaize, Metro, Rubio’s Restaurants, BJ’s Wholesale Club, Shanghai Grand Hyatt Hotel, Shanghai Disney Resort, Yum! Brands China, Restaurant Associates at Wellcome, Brinker International, Brakes Group, Red Lobster Seafood Company, Seafood Direct, Sysco Corp., Bon Appétit Management Company/Compass Group, Disney, Supervalu, US Foods, Harvest Meat Company and


Leverage your relationship with GAA and increase your visibility throughout the aquaculture community by partnering with the organization. Aligning with GAA is a statement about your long-term commitment to responsible aquaculture. Partnership benefits include social and networking event sponsorship, meal sponsorship and product placement, gift item sponsorship, logo placement onsite and online, and advertising, dedicated email and social media campaigns. Interested? Download GAA’s 2017 Membership & Engagement Kit and contact Sally Krueger at

Tuesday, October 3rd, 2017

Day 0 Conference Program

Croke Park

  • Presenter Jim Anderson University of Florida
  • Presenter Ragnar Tveteras University of Stavanger

Wednesday, October 4th, 2017

Day 1 Conference Program

Croke Park

  • Presenter Wally Stevens Global Aquaculture Alliance
  • Presenter Ragnar Tveteras University of Stavanger
  • Presenter Jim Anderson University of Florida
  • Presenter Kevin Fitzsimmons University of Arizona, F3 Fish-Free Feed Challenge
  • Presenter Andrew Mallison IFFO-The Marine Ingredients Organisation
  • Presenter Walt Rakitsky TerraVia
  • Presenter Dr. Kang-sen Mai Ocean University of China, Qingdao

Thursday, October 5th, 2017

Day 2 Conference Program

Croke Park

  • Moderator James Wright Global Aquaculture Alliance
  • Presenter Gorjan Nikolik Rabobank
  • Presenter Carsten Krome Alimentos Ventures/Hatch
  • Presenter David Tze Tze Venture Search Fund for Aquaculture Technology
  • Presenter Neil Manchester Hendrix Genetics
  • Presenter Fanny Giudicelli Marine Akwa
  • Presenter Larry Feinberg KnipBio
  • Presenter Jacqueline Claudia Love the Wild
  • Presenter Chiara Bacci DG MARE/European Commission

Friday, October 6th, 2017

Day 3 Conference Program

Croke Park

  • Moderator Mike Berthet Best Aquaculture Practices
  • Presenter Jim Griffin Johnson & Wales University
  • Presenter Travis Larkin The Seafood Exchange
  • Presenter James Devine EIPIC, Belfast

Past GOAL Events

  • 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
  • GOAL 2010
    Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia


  • Fáilte Ireland
  • Apex Frozen Foods
  • Preferred Freezer Services
  • Sunnyvale Seafood
  • U.S. Soybean Export Council
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  • Premier
  • Partners
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  • Beaver Street Fisheries
  • Camanchaca
  • CP Foods
  • Darden Restaurants
  • Eastern Fish
  • Grobest
  • High Liner Foods
  • King & Prince Seafood
  • Lyons Seafoods
  • Maloney Seafood Corp.
  • Mazzetta
  • Red Lobster
  • Rich Products
  • SeaPort Products
  • Thai Union
  • The Fishin' Company
  • Urner Barry