Annual GAA conference draws a global audience
Since its inception in 2001, no aquaculture conference has been as successful as the Global Aquaculture Alliance’s annual GOAL conference at connecting producers and suppliers to the marketplace to discuss the major challenges and opportunities facing responsible aquaculture.
GOAL 2016 — which took place at the White Swan Hotel in Guangzhou, China, from Sept. 19 to 22, 2016 — featured more than 400 seafood professionals from 30 countries worldwide.
Here are highlights from the four-day conference. Scroll through the photo gallery clicking the navigation arrows below or by using the left- and right-arrow keys on your keyboard.
All photos by Gail Hannagan, Preferred Freezer Services.
Global Aquaculture Advocate
Before the Global Aquaculture Alliance's annual GOAL conference in Guangzhou, China, GAA market development manager for the United Kingdom, Mike Berthet, collaborated with some local chefs to prepare some of China's favorite seafood species.
Health & Welfare
Some of the world’s top aquatic animal disease experts shared knowledge about mitigation techniques at the GOAL conference in Guangzhou, China. Topics included sea lice, streptococcus and EHP, which was referred to as the “most insidious” disease impacting shrimp production.
Seafood companies are not only striving to become sustainable and environmentally friendly; they are grappling with social responsibility issues that grab international headlines and rightfully force all links of the supply chain to button up their operations and put human rights above all else.
The GOAL 2016 global shrimp production survey showed a strong rebound in 2014 (up 10 percent to 4.18 MMT), followed by a decline in 2015 (down 5.4 percent) and another recovery forecast for the next three years. Global production is expected to reach around 4.44 MMT in 2018, barring a new disease crisis.
On the third and final day of the Global Aquaculture Alliance’s annual GOAL conference, held in Guangzhou, China, the theme of “healthy planet” permeated every presentation. Innovation, investment, efficiency, transparency and improvement are the clarion calls for aquaculture.