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Featured Topics

  • TUESDAY, OCT. 4 (DAY 1)
  • Words of Welcome & Keynote Address
  • State of Aquaculture & Fisheries + Marketplace Trends
  • Gender & Equity in Seafood
  • WEDNESDAY, OCT. 5 (DAY 2)
  • Traceability + Artificial Intelligence + Ocean Analytics & Forecasting
  • Climate Action + Feed Sustainability
  • Ocean Health
  • THURSDAY, OCT. 6 (DAY 3)
  • Animal Health & Welfare
  • Smallholder Engagement + Aquaculture & Fisheries Improvement

New Name, Same Mission

The 21st edition of the Global Seafood Alliance’s signature event, GOAL: The Responsible Seafood Conference, held at the Fairmont Olympic Hotel in Seattle, USA, from Oct. 3 to 6, 2022, was a success, attracting 350 delegates from around the world. Though the in-person event has grown from less than 100 attendees at the inaugural Global Shrimp Outlook for Leadership in 2001 to upward of 500 today, the mission remains the same — to provide a pre-competitive space for seafood thought leaders in both aquaculture and wild-capture fisheries to put day-to-day business aside to learn, network and socialize. Join us for the 22nd edition of GOAL: The Responsible Seafood Conference in Saint John, New Brunswick, Canada, in October 2023! Venue and dates to be announced later this year, with registration to open in the spring.

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Fisheries Innovation Award Winner: Cruz Foam

Fisheries Innovation Award Winner: Cruz Foam

Aquaculture Innovation Award Winner: Aristogene Biosciences

Aquaculture Innovation Award Winner: Aristogene Biosciences

Fisheries Innovation Award Runner-Up: North Atlantic Pelagic Advocacy Group

Fisheries Innovation Award Runner-Up: North Atlantic Pelagic Advocacy Group

Aquaculture Innovation Award Runner-Up: Government of Odisha, India

Aquaculture Innovation Award Runner-Up: Government of Odisha, India

Fisheries Innovation Award Runner-Up: Precision Seafood Harvesting

Fisheries Innovation Award Runner-Up: Precision Seafood Harvesting

Aquaculture Innovation Award Runner-Up: Center for Aquaculture Technologies

Aquaculture Innovation Award Runner-Up: Center for Aquaculture Technologies

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Back on Stage in the Emerald City

The 21st edition of the Global Seafood Alliance’s signature event, GOAL: The Responsible Seafood Conference, was a success, attracting about 350 delegates from around the world and featuring more than 50 speakers across three days of programming.

Unable to join us in Seattle? Virtual events recapping the presentations and panel discussions delivered in Seattle are scheduled for Thursday, Nov. 10, and Thursday, Dec. 8. Visit the virtual events platform here. You must be logged in to attend virtual events. Questions? Contact goal@globalseafood.org.

Join us for the 22nd edition of GOAL: The Responsible Seafood Conference in Saint John, New Brunswick, Canada, in October 2023! Venue and dates to be announced later this year, with registration to open in the spring.

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A 21-Year History of Staying Ahead of the Curve

GOAL is the largest international seafood business conference of its kind. For 21 years GOAL has acted as a pre-competitive platform for knowledge sharing and collaboration amongst seafood thought leaders. The GOAL audience is diverse, representing up to 30 countries and all segments of the seafood value chain, both wild and farmed. Forty percent of attendees identify as producers, with suppliers accounting for 30 percent, retail and foodservice buyers for 15 percent, government for 5 percent and all others (NGO, academia, finance) for 10 percent.

No two GOALs are the same! The in-person event has been held in 18 cities on four continents (Asia, Europe, North America and South America) since the inaugural Global Shrimp Outlook for Leadership in 2001. Each GOAL is unique, embracing the identity and culture of the host country while providing an entertaining, casual atmosphere for seafood professionals to network and socialize through offsite receptions and dinners as well as field trips to production facilities.

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A Carefully Curated Program

Moderated by GSA’s subject matter experts, GOAL’s carefully curated program features more than 50 international speakers and centers on production, sustainability, innovation and market trends, for both farmed and wild seafood. The forward-thinking program identifies emerging challenges and offers solutions to those challenges, keeping you ahead of the curve.

IN-PERSON GOAL PRICINGEarly
(June 15-July 15)
Regular Registration
(July 16-Sept. 9)
Late Registration
(Sept. 10-Oct. 3)
Corporate Member$1,495$2,095$2,695
Individual Member$1,995$2,595$3,195
Non-Member$2,095$2,695$3,295

Day 0 Agenda (Monday, Oct. 3)

Pre-Event Meetings & Activities

Global Seafood Alliance Board of Directors Meeting10:00 am to 12:00 pm

The Global Seafood Alliance Board of Directors Meeting takes place in the Kensington Room of the Fairmont Olympic Hotel. Invitation only. Questions? Contact GSA’s Jen Kostandin.

 

Registration1:00 pm to 6:00 pm

Pick your badge at the registration desk in the Spanish Foyer of the Fairmont Olympic Hotel. Not yet registered? Register now while there’s still space. Questions? Contact goal@globalseafood.orgRegistration is sponsored by Choice Canning Co.

Choice Canning Co.

Global Seafood Alliance Membership Meeting & Stakeholder Update3:00 pm to 5:00 pm

The Global Seafood Alliance Membership Meeting & Stakeholder Update takes place in The Garden at the Fairmont Olympic Hotel. Updates on GSA’s activities, including the Best Aquaculture Practices and Best Seafood Practices certification programs, will be provided. Drinks will be served. All are welcome. Questions? Contact GSA’s Devan Meserve.

Evening Activities

Opening Reception6:00 pm to 8:00 pm

The GOAL 2022 Opening Reception takes place in The Garden of the Fairmont Olympic Hotel. Drinks and heavy hors d’oeuvre will be served. The Opening Reception is sponsored by Choice Canning Co.

Choice Canning Co.

Day 1 Agenda (Tuesday, Oct. 4)

Registration & Continental Breakfast

Registration7:00 am to 12:00 pm

Pick your badge at the registration desk in the Spanish Foyer of the Fairmont Olympic Hotel. Not yet registered? Register now while there’s still space. Questions? Contact goal@globalseafood.orgRegistration is sponsored by Choice Canning Co.

Choice Canning Co.

Continental Breakfast7:00 am to 8:00 am

Join us for a continental breakfast in the Spanish Foyer of the Fairmont Olympic Hotel, located just outside of the Spanish Ballroom where the Day 1 plenary will take place. Breakfast is sponsored by Seafood Scotland.

Seafood Scotland

Plenary Session 1 | Words of Welcome & Keynote Addresses

Introduction to GOAL 20228:00 am to 8:05 am

The Day 1 plenary, which takes place in the Spanish Ballroom of the Fairmont Olympic Hotel, kicks off with an introduction from Global Seafood Alliance CEO Brian Perkins.

  • Speaker:  Brian Perkins Global Seafood Alliance
Words of Welcome8:05 am to 8:10 am

Seattle Mayor Bruce Harrell welcomes the GOAL 2022 delegation to the city. Mayor Harrell was elected Seattle’s 57th mayor in 2021 and was sworn in as Seattle’s 54th mayor for an interim period in 2017. Learn more about his background and priorities.

  • Speaker:  Bruce Harrell City of Seattle
Keynote Address: Loni Grinnell Greninger & W. Ron Allen, Jamestown S’Klallam Tribe8:10 am to 8:30 am

The first keynote address is from Loni Grinnell-Greninger and W. Ron Allen of the Jamestown S’Klallam Tribe (Ron will be appearing by video). Loni was appointed to Tribal Vice Chair in January 2020 and elected in November 2020. She has worked with the Washington State Department of Social and Health Services as an Office of Indian Policy Regional Manager and as a Statewide Tribal Liaison. In both roles she helped create systems and policy to increase access to state services for American Indians and Alaska Natives. Loni currently serves as Director of the Tribe’s Social & Community Services Department. She is the daughter of the late Kurt Grinnell, a fisheries and aquaculture expert and former Vice Chair of the Northwest Aquaculture Alliance.

  • Speaker:  Loni Grinnell Greninger Jamestown S'Klallam Tribe
  • Speaker:  W. Ron Allen Jamestown S’Klallam Tribe
Keynote Address: Bob Donegan8:30 am to 8:50 am

Bob Donegan was president of Washington’s iconic Ivar’s Seafood Restaurants for 15 years, during which sales doubled. The Seattle-based company now owns and operates three full-service restaurants (Acres of Clams, Salmon House and Mukilteo Landing), 18 fast-casual Ivar’s Seafood Bars throughout Washington and quick-service locations in four sports stadiums. In his keynote address, Bob talks about employee relations and labor challenges, operating restaurants in a post-pandemic world and Seattle’s waterfront renovation project.

  • Speaker:  Bob Donegan Ivar's Seafood Restaurants
Keynote Address: Allen Kimball, Trident Seafoods8:50 am to 9:05 am

In his keynote address, Allen Kimball, senior executive consultant for Trident Seafoods and a Global Seafood Alliance board member, talks about Responsible Fisheries Management (RFM) Certification and Alaska’s contribution to responsible fisheries management.

  • Speaker:  Allen Kimball Allen K Kimball Consulting LLC

Plenary Session 2 | From Production to Plate: Forecasting Aquaculture and Fisheries Growth and the Trends Influencing Seafood Consumption

Introduction9:05 am to 9:10 am
  • Moderator:  Steve Hart Global Seafood Alliance
Farmed Finfish Production Forecast9:10 am to 9:25 am

The global aquaculture production forecasts for 2022 and 2023 are being presented by Rabobank Senior Analyst Gorjan Nikolik, based on the results of GSA’s exclusive annual production surveys for finfish, incorporating figures from Kontali. Rabobank RaboResearch and Kontali are a supporting partners of GOAL 2022.

  • Speaker:  Gorjan Nikolik Rabobank
Farmed Shrimp Production Forecast9:25 am to 9:40 am

A hallmark of the GOAL program, the global aquaculture production forecasts for 2022 and 2023 are being presented by Rabobank Senior Analyst Gorjan Nikolik, based on the results of GSA’s exclusive annual production surveys for shrimp. Rabobank RaboResearch is a supporting partner of GOAL 2022.

  • Speaker:  Gorjan Nikolik Rabobank
Species Spotlight: Farmed Shrimp9:40 am to 9:50 am

Kontali Senior Analyst Chris van Bussel gives a first-of-a-kind global overview of consumption of farmed warmwater shrimp based on modeling tools and data-mining that Kontali/Kontali Shrimp has developed over the past two years. Kontali is a supporting partner of GOAL 2022.

  • Speaker:  Chris van Bussel Kontali
Species Spotlight: Farmed Salmon9:50 am to 10:00 am

Kontali Head of Analysis Ragnar Nystøyl talks about Atlantic salmon’s unique market position and competitive edge against other proteins, the tremendous growth of Atlantic salmon in the North American market, and how future demand for Atlantic salmon can be met. Kontali is a supporting partner of GOAL 2022.

  • Speaker:  Ragnar Nystøyl Kontali
Panel Discussion: Aquaculture Production Forecast10:00 am to 10:20 am

Wakefern Director of Seafood Bob Cerullo, Choice Canning CEO Jose Thomas and Chilean Salmon Marketing Council Executive Director Jim Griffin join Nikolik and Nystøyl on stage for a question-and-answer discussion on aquaculture production forecasts and market implications for shrimp and finish.

  • Speaker:  Bob Cerullo Wakefern Food Corp.
  • Speaker:  James Griffin Chilean Salmon Marketing Council
  • Speaker:  Gorjan Nikolik Rabobank
  • Speaker:  Ragnar Nystøyl Kontali
  • Speaker:  Jose Thomas Choice Canning Co.
  • Moderator:  Steve Hart Global Seafood Alliance

Coffee & Tea Break

Coffee & Tea Break10:20 am to 10:40 am

Join us for coffee and tea in the Spanish Foyer of the Fairmont Olympic Hotel. The Coffee & Tea Break is sponsored by Sunnyvale Seafood.

Guolian Sunnyvale logo

Plenary Session 2 (Cont.) | From Production to Plate: Forecasting Aquaculture and Fisheries Growth and the Trends Influencing Seafood Consumption

Wild Finfish & Crustacean Production Trends10:40 am to 11:00 am

Urner Barry Senior Data Analyst Angel Rubio provides production and import-and-export trends for a number of key wild seafood species. Urner Barry is a supporting partner of GOAL 2022.

  • Speaker:  Angel Rubio Urner Barry
Tuna Production Trends11:00 am to 11:20 am

Tom Pickerell, executive director of the Global Tuna Alliance and founder of Tomolamola Consulting Ltd., provides production and import-and-export trends for the key tuna species.

  • Speaker:  Tom Pickerell Global Tuna Alliance
Panel Discussion: Wild Fisheries Production Forecast11:20 am to 11:40 am

Allen Kimball, senior executive consultant for Trident Seafoods, joins Rubio and Pickerell on stage for a question-and-answer discussion on production and import-and-export trends for a number of key wild seafood species.

  • Speaker:  Allen Kimball Allen K Kimball Consulting LLC
  • Speaker:  Tom Pickerell Global Tuna Alliance
  • Speaker:  Angel Rubio Urner Barry
  • Speaker:  Ron van der Giesen High Liner Foods
  • Speaker:  Steve Hart Global Seafood Alliance
Seafood Marketing in a TikTok World11:40 am to 12:00 pm

Emily De Sousa wraps up Session 1 with a presentation on marketing seafood to younger generations. Nearly half of TikTok’s 1 billion users are between 20 and 40 years old, which also happens to be the fastest growing demographic of seafood consumers. Today, millennials and Gen Z have the largest buying power in the market. This younger demographic is environmentally conscious, tech savvy and convenience minded. They want information about their seafood that hasn’t always been available to them, and they want it on platforms where we haven’t always made it available. In her presentation, fisheries scientist and social media expert Emily De Sousa of Seaside with Emily discusses how seafood marketing has to change to respond to the growing demand from young consumers and share effective strategies for communicating your seafood stories online.

  • Speaker:  Emily De Sousa Seaside with Emily

Lifetime Achievement Award

Presentation of the Lifetime Achievement Award12:00 pm to 12:15 pm

John Connelly, president of the National Fisheries Institute, is a recipient of this year’s Wallace R. Stevens Lifetime Achievement Award, recognized for his leadership, integrity and commitment to responsibility. John has been at the helm of the U.S.-based nonprofit seafood trade association since February 2003. He will be honored on stage by GSA Chair Wally Stevens, who the award was named after in 2018.

  • Speaker:  John Connelly National Fisheries Institute
  • Moderator:  Wally Stevens Global Seafood Alliance
Presentation of the Lifetime Achievement Award12:15 pm to 12:30 pm

Global Seafood Alliance President and Founder Dr. George Chamberlain is a recipient of this year’s Wallace R. Stevens Lifetime Achievement Award, recognized for his leadership, integrity and commitment to responsibility. A true ambassador for aquaculture and one of the world’s most respected aquaculture professionals, especially in the field of shrimp breeding and farming, Chamberlain’s career in aquaculture spans more than four decades.

  • Speaker:  George Chamberlain Global Seafood Alliance
  • Moderator:  Bill Herzig Sustainable Strategies & Initiatives

Lunch

Lunch1:00 pm to 2:30 pm

Join us for a plated lunch in The Garden of the Fairmont Olympic Hotel. Lunch is sponsored by Apex Frozen Foods.

Afternoon & Evening Activities

Field Trip | Starbound Catcher-Processor & NewCold Cold-Storage Facility1:00 pm to 4:00 pm

Take your learning and networking experience at GOAL on the road with a field trip. On the afternoon of Oct. 4, tour the Starbound, a 300-foot at-sea processor acquired by Trident Seafoods in 2021, followed by the state-of-the-art NewCold cold-storage facility. Both are located in Tacoma. Capacity is 35 people, and departure from the Fairmont is at 1 p.m. with a return at about 5 p.m. Meet just outside of the upper lobby on Seneca Street for the shuttle. Registration is on a first come, first served basis and opens on Sept. 12. You must be registered for GOAL 2022 to attend a field trip. Questions? Contact goal@globalseafood.org.

Field Trip | Northern Hawk Factory Trawler2:30 pm to 5:00 pm

Take your learning and networking experience at GOAL on the road with a field trip. On the afternoon of Oct. 4, tour the Northern Hawk, a 341-foot pollock factory trawler docked on Seattle’s Pier 91 and owned by Coastal Villages Region Fund. Capacity is 18 people, and departure from the Fairmont is at 2:30 p.m. with a return at about 5 p.m. Meet just outside of the upper lobby on Seneca Street for the shuttle. Tours are in waves of six guests at a time. Registration is on a first come, first served basis and opens on Sept. 12. You must be registered for GOAL 2022 to attend a field trip. Questions? Contact goal@globalseafood.org.

Breakout Session 1 | What is Gender Equality? Why Does it Matter to Seafood? And Why Does it Matter to You?3:00 pm to 5:00 pm

According to the Food and Agriculture Organization, women represent approximately 50 percent of the seafood workforce. They are the backbone of seafood processing plants and small-scale farming and fishing operations. This breakout session invites experts in gender equality to share their observations. How do we ensure that we recognize the immeasurable contributions and achievements of the millions of women behind the seafood we source and eat. How do we empower their voices and improve their experiences? How do we ensure a more inclusive, diverse and equitable industry? And what is the significance of inclusion and equality?

  • Speaker:  Imani Black Minorities in Aquaculture
  • Speaker:  Julie Kuchepatov Seafood and Gender Equality (SAGE)
  • Speaker:  Greg Meenahan Equal Origins
  • Speaker:  Corey Peet Postelsia
  • Moderator:  Melanie Siggs Global Seafood Alliance
  • Moderator:  Jeanne McKnight Northwest Aquaculture Alliance
Celebrate Seafood Seattle6:00 pm to 8:00 pm

The Celebrate Seafood Seattle reception is hosted by Seafood Nutrition Partnership, National Seafood Council Task Force and Seafood4Health Action Coalition and sponsored by Chilean Salmon Marketing Council and Global Seas. Join them to kick-off October National Seafood Month by celebrating seafood! Did you know that seafood is good for brain health, heart health and overall wellness? SOLD OUT.

 

Day 2 Agenda (Wednesday, Oct. 5)

Registration & Continental Breakfast

Registration7:00 am to 12:00 pm

Pick your badge at the registration desk in the Spanish Foyer of the Fairmont Olympic Hotel. Not yet registered? Register now while there’s still space. Questions? Contact goal@globalseafood.orgRegistration is sponsored by Choice Canning Co.

Choice Canning Co.

Continental Breakfast7:00 am to 8:00 am

Join us for a continental breakfast in the Spanish Foyer of the Fairmont Olympic Hotel, located just outside of the Spanish Ballroom where the Day 2 plenary will take place. The breakfast is sponsored by Corbion.

Corbion

Plenary Session 3 | Predictability and Traceability: Exploring Crucial ‘Bookend’ Technologies for Seafood Supply Chains

Introduction: Aquaculture Technologies8:00 am to 8:05 am

The Day 2 plenary, which takes place in the Spanish Ballroom of the Fairmont Olympic Hotel, kicks off with an introduction from Responsible Seafood Advocate James Wright. Technology entrepreneurs helping seafood producers make their supply chains more efficient and responsible will discuss the potential of modern data collection and analysis. With tools like ocean sensors, satellites, artificial intelligence and blockchain, presenters in this session will share how technology can de-risk production, inform policymakers, finance growing aquaculture sectors and provide end-to-end traceability for all seafood products, wild or farmed.

  • Moderator:  James Wright Global Seafood Alliance
Spotlight: Scoot Science8:05 am to 8:10 am

Scoot Science’s web-based SeaState™ dashboard monitors what’s happening below the ocean’s surface in real time and provides forecasts of the days ahead, and its integrated ocean risk and impact model maps ocean dynamics to business outcomes.

  • Speaker:  Connor Dibble Scoot Science
Spotlight: Sea Warden8:10 am to 8:15 am

Sea Warden is the developer of a remote monitoring technology that leverages satellites and AI for continuous monitoring of marine aquaculture operations.

  • Speaker:  Zack Dinh Sea Warden
  • Speaker:  Shelby Oliver Sea Warden
Spotlight: Aquaconnect8:15 am to 8:20 am

Based in Chennai, India, Aquaconnect is a full-stack aquaculture inputs and outputs platform providing end-to-end solutions to shrimp and finfish farmers, powered by AI and satellite remote sensing technologies. Read more: If it’s broken, fix it: Startup takes on shrimp industry in India

  • Speaker:  Rajamanohar Somasundaram Aquaconnect
Panel Discussion: Predictability and Traceability, Aquaculture8:20 am to 8:40 am

Connor Dibble of Scoot Science, Shelby Oliver and Zack Stein of Sea Warden and Raj Somasundaram of Aquaconnect join moderator James Wright of the Responsible Seafood Advocate for a question-and-answer discussion.

  • Speaker:  Connor Dibble Scoot Science
  • Speaker:  Zack Dinh Sea Warden
  • Speaker:  Shelby Oliver Sea Warden
  • Speaker:  Rajamanohar Somasundaram Aquaconnect
  • Moderator:  James Wright Global Seafood Alliance
Introduction: Fisheries Technologies8:40 am to 8:45 am
  • Moderator:  James Wright Global Seafood Alliance
Spotlight: Legit Fish8:45 am to 8:50 am

Legit Fish has developed an innovative set of software tools to simplify and streamline the management of product from the vessel to the processor and provides a third-party product verification and traceability services to ensure the product meets all specifications and certifications associated with it.

  • Speaker:  Michael Carroll Legit Fish
Spotlight: Wholechain8:50 am to 8:55 am

Wholechain is a blockchain-based traceability solution built to enable trust, coordination and transparency in fragmented supply chains. Working across commodities, Wholechain is a GS1 Solution Partner compliant with the Global Dialogue on Seafood Traceability (GDST), and a winner of the Fish2.0 Award at Stanford in 2019 and the FDA’s Traceability Challenge in 2021.

  • Speaker:  Jayson Berryhill Wholechain
Panel Discussion: Predictability and Traceability, Fisheries8:55 am to 9:15 am

Jayson Berryhill of Wholechain and Michael Carroll of Legit Fish join moderator James Wright of the Responsible Seafood Advocate for a question-and-answer discussion.

  • Speaker:  Jayson Berryhill Wholechain
  • Speaker:  Michael Carroll Legit Fish
  • Speaker:  James Leduc Topco Associates
  • Moderator:  James Wright Global Seafood Alliance
Audience Q&A: Aquaculture & Fisheries Technologies9:15 am to 9:25 am
  • Speaker:  Jayson Berryhill Wholechain
  • Speaker:  Connor Dibble Scoot Science
  • Speaker:  Zack Dinh Sea Warden
  • Speaker:  Michael Carroll Legit Fish
  • Speaker:  Shelby Oliver Sea Warden
  • Speaker:  Rajamanohar Somasundaram Aquaconnect
  • Moderator:  James Wright Global Seafood Alliance

Global Fisheries Innovation Award

Introduction: Global Fisheries Innovation Award9:25 am to 9:30 am

The three finalists of the inaugural Global Fisheries Innovation Award – North Atlantic Pelagic Advocacy Group, Cruz Foam and Precision Seafood Harvesting – present their innovations (by video) on stage at GOAL 2022, with the winner being selected by audience vote. In 2022, to reflect its budding involvement in wild-capture fisheries, the Global Seafood Alliance introduced the Global Fisheries Innovation Award to recognize individuals and organizations finding new solutions to the key challenges facing fisheries.

 

  • Moderator:  James Wright Global Seafood Alliance
Video: North Atlantic Pelagic Advocacy Group9:30 am to 9:35 am

The North Atlantic Pelagic Advocacy Group (NAPA) is a finalist for the inaugural Global Fisheries Innovation Award. A video highlighting its innovation is being played. Read more: ‘They need a good reason to stay’: How one coalition may break a decade of deadlock in the North Atlantic mackerel fishery

Video: Cruz Foam9:35 am to 9:40 am

Cruz Foam is a finalist for the inaugural Global Fisheries Innovation Award. A video highlighting its innovation is being played. Read more: ‘Regulation is pushing toward greenifying materials’: How one innovator is upcycling seafood waste into biodegradable packaging foam

Video: Precision Seafood Harvesting9:40 am to 9:45 am

Precision Seafood Harvesting is a finalist for the inaugural Global Fisheries Innovation Award. A video highlighting its innovation is being played. Read more: ‘We were just looking for a way to fish better’: How one partnership is reinventing commercial fishing nets to reduce bycatch and improve animal welfare

Ceremony: Global Fisheries Innovation Award9:45 am to 9:50 am

By audience vote, the winner of the inaugural Global Fisheries Innovation Award is selected.

F3 Challenge – Carnivore Edition

Ceremony: F3 Challenge – Carnivore Edition9:50 am to 10:05 am

The winner of the F3 Challenge – Carnivore Edition will be unveiled on stage at GOAL 2022. Contestants in the F3 Challenge – Carnivore Edition have already collectively sold more than 3,185 metric tons of fish-free feed. The contest is designed to encourage viable, cost-competitive replacements to fishmeal and fish oil in aquafeed. The winners of the previous two F3 Challenge competitions (Guangdong Evergreen Feed Industry Co. Ltd. and Veramaris) were announced at GOAL 2017 in Dublin and GOAL 2019 in Chennai, respectively. Sponsored by F3 Challenge.

F# Fish Feed Challenge

Coffee & Tea Break

Coffee & Tea Break10:05 am to 10:30 am

Join us for coffee and tea in the Spanish Foyer of the Fairmont Olympic Hotel. The Coffee & Tea Break is sponsored by Sunnyvale Seafood.

Guolian Sunnyvale logo

Plenary Session 4 | Climate-Smart Fish: Reducing Seafood’s Carbon Footprint and Navigating the Impacts of Climate Change

Introduction10:30 am to 10:35 am

The second half of the Day 2 plenary kicks off with an introduction from Best Aquaculture Practices Standards Coordinator Dan Lee. There’s no question that climate change, perhaps the defining issue of our time, is significantly impacting aquaculture and wild-capture fisheries production worldwide. This session will provide a life cycle assessment on the environmental impact of seafood production and break down seafood’s carbon footprint, with a focus on the production of aquafeed and its ingredients.

  • Moderator:  Dan Lee Global Seafood Alliance
Presentation: Environmental Footprint of Wild Fisheries10:35 am to 10:50 am

Ray Hilborn is a professor with the University of Washington’s School of Aquatic and Fishery Sciences. Ray’s research aims to identify how to best manage fisheries, which involves a combination of building databases on how fisheries are managed and measures of their performance, analysis of fisheries data sets to evaluate performance and, for Pacific salmon in Alaska, extensive work in the management process and field work on the biology of the salmon. His research also focuses on the role of seafood in the global food system and the comparative environmental cost of different foods.

  • Speaker:  Ray Hilborn University of Washington
Presentation: Environmental Footprint of Aquaculture10:50 am to 11:05 am

Richard Newton is a research fellow at the University of Stirling’s Institute of Aquaculture. Richard’s research focuses on promoting circular economy initiatives in aquaculture value chains, linking environmental and socio-economic gains through comprehensive sustainability assessments. His main focus is to improve the resource efficiency of aquaculture production through various means to “eco-intensify” food production.

  • Speaker:  Richard Newton University of Stirling
Presentation: Climate Change & Mariculture11:05 am to 11:20 am

Willow Battista is a member of Environmental Defense Fund’s Climate Resilient Food Systems program, where she hopes to help transform our global food systems to be sustainable, equitable and climate-resilient through application and scaling of interventions that center and elevate the needs and perspectives of small-scale food producers and other vulnerable and marginalized food system actors.

  • Speaker:  Willow Battista Environmental Defense Fund
Presentation: Formulating Environmentally Friendly Feed11:20 am to 11:35 am

Wittaya Aqua is a Canada-based technology platform for aquaculture farm and aquafeeds management powered by data-driven decision making. Evan Hall, CEO and co-founder of the startup, argues that aquaculture loses billions of dollars a year and wastes billions more in resources and therefore needs a better understanding of the cause-and-effect relationships from aquaculture’s inputs. Read more: Wittaya Aqua wins the Yield Lab Asia-Pacific Global Aquaculture Challenge grand prize

  • Speaker:  Evan Hall Wittaya Aqua
Panel Discussion: Climate-Smart Fish11:35 am to 12:05 am

Jim Sutter, executive director of the U.S. Soybean Council, and Nicola Clark, impacts manager for MarinTrust, join Ray Hilborn, Richard Newton, Willow Battista, Evan Hall and moderator Dan Lee of Best Aquaculture Practices to discuss the solutions for sustainable, climate-smart seafood and for a question-and-answer discussion.

  • Speaker:  Jim Sutter U.S. Soybean Export Council
  • Speaker:  Nicola Clark MarinTrust
  • Speaker:  Ray Hilborn University of Washington
  • Speaker:  Richard Newton University of Stirling
  • Speaker:  Willow Battista Environmental Defense Fund
  • Speaker:  Evan Hall Wittaya Aqua
  • Moderator:  Dan Lee Global Seafood Alliance

Global Aquaculture Innovation Award

Introduction: Global Aquaculture Innovation Award12:05 pm to 12:10 pm

The three finalists of the 10th annual Global Aquaculture Innovation Award – Aristogene Biosciences, Center for Aquaculture Technologies and Government of Odisha, India – will present their innovations (by video) on stage at GOAL 2022, with the winner being selected by audience vote. In 2012, the Global Seafood Alliance established the Global Aquaculture Innovation Award to recognize individuals and organizations finding new solutions to the key challenges facing aquaculture. This year’s competition is sponsored by the U.S. Soybean Export Council.

 

US Soy USSEC

Video: Aristogene Biosciences12:10 pm to 12:15 pm

Aristogene Biosciences is a finalist for the 10th annual Global Aquaculture Innovation Award. A video highlighting its innovation is being played. Read more: ‘Choices are limited when searching for alternatives to antibiotics’: How one veterinarian is employing bacteriophages to fight Vibriosis in shrimp farming

Video: Center for Aquaculture Technologies12:15 pm to 12:20 pm

The Center for Aquaculture Technologies is a finalist for the 10th annual Global Aquaculture Innovation Award. A video highlighting its innovation is being played. Read more: Overcoming the ‘sterility paradox’: How new gene editing technology can solve it and benefit aquaculture

Video: Government of Odisha, India12:20 pm to 12:25 pm

The Government of Odisha, India, is a finalist for the 10th annual Global Aquaculture Innovation Award. A video highlighting its innovation is being played. Read more: ‘They know better than men how to protect their environment and people’: How focusing on women farmers is boosting food security in India

Ceremony: Global Aquaculture Innovation Award12:25 pm to 12:30 pm

By audience vote, the winner of the 10th annual Global Aquaculture Innovation Award is selected.

Lunch

Lunch1:00 pm to 2:30 pm

Join us for a plated lunch in The Garden of the Fairmont Olympic Hotel. Lunch is sponsored by The Mazzetta Co.

Afternoon Activities

Field Trip | Cooke Aquaculture’s Hope Island Rainbow Trout Farm1:00 pm to 5:00 pm

Take your learning and networking experience at GOAL on the road with a field trip. On the afternoon of Oct. 5, join us for a tour of Cooke Aquaculture’s Hope Island rainbow trout farm. Capacity is 12 people, and departure from the Fairmont is at 1:00 p.m. with a return at approximately 5:00 p.m. Meet just outside of the upper lobby on Seneca Street for the shuttle. Boat to the farm departs from Sneeoosh Beach, La Conner, at about 2:30 p.m. Registration is on a first come, first served basis and opens on Sept. 12. You must be registered for GOAL 2022 to attend a field trip. Questions? Contact goal@globalseafood.org.

Field Trip | Taylor Shellfish’s Samish Oyster Bar & Shellfish Market2:30 pm to 7:30 pm

Take your learning and networking experience at GOAL on the road with a field trip. On the afternoon of Oct. 5, join us for dinner and drinks at Taylor Shellfish’s Samish Oyster Bar & Shellfish Market in Samish. Capacity is 50 people, and departure from the Fairmont is at 2:30 p.m. with a return at approximately 7:30 p.m. Meet just outside of the upper lobby on Seneca Street for the shuttle. Registration is on a first come, first served basis and opens on Sept. 12. You must be registered for GOAL 2022 to attend a field trip. Questions? Contact goal@globalseafood.org.

Breakout Session 2 | Ocean Health Is Wealth: Ocean-Friendly Solutions for Aquaculture and Fishing3:00 pm to 5:00 pm

The industry’s impact on ocean health and contribution to the circular economy are increasingly influencing consumers’ seafood purchasing decisions, especially among younger generations. This breakout session invites experts in ocean health and innovators offering solutions to traditional means of aquaculture, fishing and seafood storage and distribution to share their experiences. Among the topics to be addressed are marine pollution and the pervasiveness of microplastics, polystyrene alternatives and eco-friendly seafood packaging, the impact of ghost gear and retrieval of abandoned, lost or discarded gear, recycling end-of-life gear, the emergence of ropeless or rope-free gear, mass transformation of fish waste and reduction of energy use and greenhouse gas emissions.

  • Speaker:  Nicole Baker Net Your Problem
  • Speaker:  Joel Baziuk Ocean Conservancy
  • Speaker:  Marcy Bemiller Candor Eco Packaging
  • Speaker:  John Felts Cruz Foam
  • Speaker:  Erik Nobbe Resqunit Canada
  • Speaker:  Tommy Sheridan Sheridan Consulting LLC
  • Speaker:  Kim Thanh Kim Delta Vietnam
  • Moderator:  Molly Jacques Global Seafood Alliance

Day 3 Agenda (Thursday, Oct. 6)

Continental Breakfast

Continental Breakfast7:30 am to 8:30 am

Join us for a continental breakfast in the Spanish Foyer of the Fairmont Olympic Hotel, located just outside of the Spanish Ballroom where the Day 3 plenary will take place. The breakfast is sponsored by Corbion.

Corbion

Plenary Session 5 | Raising the Bar: How Advancements in Open-Ocean Farming Technology, Animal Welfare and Smallholder Engagement Are Improving Aquaculture’s Sustainability Profile

Introduction8:30 am to 8:35 am

The Day 2 plenary, which takes place in the Spanish Ballroom of the Fairmont Olympic Hotel, kicks off with an introduction from Global Seafood Alliance President and Founder George Chamberlain. This session will feature presentations on the rapid technological advances in open-ocean salmon farming in Norway, which are overcoming challenges of fully exposed ocean environments to reap the benefits of reduced disease, greater productivity and improved sustainability, as well as presentations on advancements in the humane slaughter of tilapia, a new tool to identify the most efficacious stunning systems, new insights on reducing seafood waste and bycatch, efforts to increase product quality, and efforts to increase financial benefits to cooperatives with sustainable fishing practices. Finally, this session will provide updates on efforts to engage with smallholder fishers and farmers, who dominate global seafood production, through improvement programs.

  • Moderator:  George Chamberlain Global Seafood Alliance
Presenatation: Use of Bacteriophages as a Safe, Natural Alternative to Control Pathogenic Vibrios in Aquaculture8:35 am to 8:55 am
  • Speaker:  C.R. Subhashini Aristogene Biosciences
Presentation: Use of Selective Breeding to Develop Shrimp Populations Highly Resistant to Disease in Guatemala8:55 am to 9:15 am
  • Speaker:  Alexander Debeausset Mayasal S.A.
Presentation: Sustainable Offshore Salmon Aquaculture in Norway9:15 am to 9:35 am
  • Speaker:  Matthew Coffay Western Norway University of Applied Sciences
Presentation: New Standards for Addressing Animal Health and Welfare, Energy Use and Water Use in Large-Scale RAS Systems9:35 am to 9:55 am
  • Speaker:  Justin Henry Henry Aquaculture Consult Inc.
Presentation: Summary of TCRS Animal Welfare Project9:55 am to 10:10 am
  • Speaker:  Chris Weeks Global Seafood Alliance
Presentation: Use of Non-Invasive EEG to Measure Brainwaves of Fish as Indicators of Insensibility for Humane Slaughter10:10 am to 10:25 am
  • Speaker:  Albin Gräns Swedish University of Agricultural Sciences

Coffee & Tea Break

Coffee & Tea Break10:25 am to 10:45 am

Join us for coffee and tea in the Spanish Foyer of the Fairmont Olympic Hotel. The Coffee & Tea Break is sponsored by Sunnyvale Seafood.

Guolian Sunnyvale logo

Plenary Session 5 (Cont.) | Raising the Bar: How Advancements in Open-Ocean Farming Technology, Animal Welfare and Smallholder Engagement Are Improving Aquaculture’s Sustainability Profile

Presentation: History and Future of Alaska’s Salmon Hatchery Program10:45 am to 11:05 am
  • Speaker:  Tommy Sheridan Sheridan Consulting LLC
Presentation: Quantifying and Reducing Resource Use and Food Waste in the U.S. Seafood Supply Chain11:05 am to 11:25 am
  • Speaker:  Dave Love Johns Hopkins Center for a Livable Future
Presentation: Revitalizing Smallholder Black Tiger Shrimp Farming in Asia11:25 am to 11:45 am
  • Speaker:  George Chamberlain Global Seafood Alliance
Panel Discussion: Fisheries & Aquaculture Improvement Projects11:45 am to 12:20 am
  • Speaker:  Corey Peet Postelsia
  • Speaker:  Cormac O'Sullivan Monterey Bay Aquarium
  • Speaker:  Heather Sadusky Sustainable Fisheries Partnership
  • Speaker:  Shri. D V Swamy IAS India's Marine Products Export Development Authority (MPEDA)
  • Speaker:  Kim Thanh Kim Delta Vietnam
  • Speaker:  Bob Yudovin Harvest Meat Company/Sherwood Foods
  • Moderator:  George Chamberlain Global Seafood Alliance

Welcome to GOAL 2023

Welcome to GOAL 202312:20 pm to 12:30 pm

Susan Farquharson, executive director of Atlantic Canada Fish Farmers Association, welcomes all to GOAL 2023 in Saint John, New Brunswick.

  • Speaker:  Susan Farquharson Atlantic Canada Fish Farmers Association

Lunch

Lunch1:00 pm to 2:30 pm

Join us for a plated lunch in The Garden of the Fairmont Olympic Hotel. Lunch is sponsored by Devi Fisheries.

Devi Fisheries

Special Features


Engaging Field Trips

Take your learning and networking experience at GOAL on the road with a field trips to aquaculture production facilities and commercial fishing communities. For GOAL 2022, field trips included the Trident Seafoods-owned Starbound catcher processor, the state-of-the-art NewCold cold-storage facility, the Northern Hawk pollock factory trawler owned by Coastal Villages Region Fund, Cooke Aquaculture’s Hope Island rainbow trout farm (pictured at right) and Taylor Shellfish’s Samish Oyster Bar and Shellfish Market. Field trips for GOAL 2023 in New Brunswick, Canada, will be announced in the spring.

Cooke Aquaculture Hope Island


Aristogene Biosciences - Dr. C.R. Subhashini

Inspirational Entrepreneurs

The three finalists of the 10th annual Global Aquaculture Innovation Award are Aristogene Biosciences, Center for Aquaculture Technologies and Government of Odisha, India, and the three finalists of the inaugural Global Fisheries Innovation Award are North Atlantic Pelagic Advocacy Group, Cruz Foam and Precision Seafood Harvesting. The winners were selected by audience vote at GOAL 2022. The competitions were established to recognize individuals and organizations finding new solutions to the key challenges facing aquaculture and wild-capture fisheries. Pictured at left is 2022 Global Aquaculture Innovation Award winner Dr. C.R. Subhashini and Mrs. Sudha Lingappa of Aristogene Biosciences with Jim Sutter, CEO of competition sponsor the U.S. Soybean Export Council.


Influential Buyers

The world’s leading retail and foodservice companies are always well represented at GOAL. They play a key role in influencing seafood production practices through corporate social responsibility policies and associated sourcing specifications. Among the retail and foodservice companies represented at GOAL 2022 were Ahold Delhaize USA, BJ’s Wholesale Club, Bloomin’ Brands, Captain D’s, Food Lion, Giant Eagle, Hannaford, H.E.B., Harvest Meat Co., Hello Fresh, Hy-Vee, Metro Canada, Red Lobster, Schnucks, Sysco, Topco, US Foods and Wakefern. Companies represented at previous GOALs include BJ’s Wholesale Club, Bidfood Australia, Brakes Group, Brinker International, Direct Seafoods, Disney, Harvest Sherwood Food Distributors, Hema Fresh/Alibaba, JD.com, Meijer, Publix, Reach Food Service, Red Lobster, Sam’s Club, Tesco, Walmart, Wegmans and Woolworths Australia. Pictured at right is Robert Cerullo, director of seafood at Wakefern, at GOAL 2022.

Robert Cerullo Wakefern


Distinguished Leaders

The Wallace R. Stevens Lifetime Achievement Award recognizes individuals whose leadership, integrity and commitment to responsibility resulted in significant advancements in the field of seafood. In 2022, National Fisheries Institute President John Connelly and Global Seafood Alliance President and Founder George Chamberlain were honored. Past recipients include I. Chiu Liao, Chingchai Lohawatanakul, Nguyen Dzung, Li Sifa, Ken Morrison, George Williams, Peder Jacobson, Bjorn Myrseth, Don Lightner, Bill Herzig, Wally Stevens, Brahmanandam Potru and John Galiher. Pictured from left to right are Bill Herzig, George Chamberlain, John Connelly and Wally Stevens at GOAL 2022.

Become a Sponsor

Heighten the visibility and credibility of your brand by aligning with GSA’s mission of responsible seafood production and sourcing. There are multiple sponsorship opportunities available for virtual events and the in-person event, including complimentary registrations. Download GSA’s 2022 Media & Events Kit and contact GSA Media & Events Sales Manager Jim Batchelor.

Courtney Knupp, U.S. Soybean Export Council: “USSEC is proud to support GSA’s GOAL conference because this meeting convenes the leading individuals in the aquaculture industry. Aquaculture is a focal industry for U.S. soy, and this partnership enables our organization to showcase the value of quality and sustainable U.S. soy-optimized feed to the aquaculture value chain.”

Sreeram Atluri, Devi Seafoods: “We have been working with GSA and its certification programs for over 15 years now. Devi Seafoods’ larger goals are to improve traceability and sustainability and to support the industry and its stakeholders. Devi Seafoods appreciates the work put in by GSA to help the industry progress, which aligns with our goals.”

 

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See you in Saint John, New Brunswick!

Join us for the 22nd edition of GOAL: The Responsible Seafood Conference in Saint John, New Brunswick, Canada, in October 2023! Venue and dates to be announced later this year, with registration to open in the spring. Interested in sponsoring? Contact GSA Media & Events Sales Manager Jim Batchelor.


Past GOAL Presentations

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