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Another edition of the GAAs GOAL conference is in the books! GOAL 2019 in Chennai, India, drew 475 attendees from 30-plus countries, up more than 25 percent from GOAL 2018. The conference, the 20th installment of GOAL and the 10th time that GOAL has been held in Asia, featured 60 speakers from 16 countries.

Check out a recap of the four-day event in theGAA blog, or read theGlobal Aquaculture Advocatearticle, 10 takeaways from GOAL 2019 in Chennai, India. Access PDFs of all GOAL 2019 presentations in theGAA member toolkit(GAA members only) or in the GOAL 2019 mobile application.

The 2019 conference program featured 60 speakers from 16 countries providing insight on the trends shaping the future of responsible aquaculture production and sourcing. Topics included antibiotic use in aquaculture and antimicrobial resistance in humans; social responsibility; balancing responsible food production with the health of humans and the planet; improvements in shrimp production practices and disease management techniques; marketing; area management; capacity building and smallholder engagement; investment; and feed sustainability. And, for the 13th consecutive year, original data on global farmed shrimp production and global farmed finfish production, based on GAAs exclusive aquaculture production survey, was presented.Below is the 2019 conference program agenda.Check out a recap of the four-day event in theGAA blogor in theGlobal Aquaculture Advocate. Access PDFs of all GOAL 2019 presentations in theGAA member toolkit(GAA members only) or in the GOAL 2019 mobile application.

After registering, check out the GOAL 2019 Cultural Fair, featuring a number of local artists, craftspeople and performers. The Cultural Fair will also be set up on Tuesday morning.The dancers are sponsored byF3 Future of Fish Feed.

Nellore Shrimp Farm, Processing Plant and/or Feed Mill:A full-day tour in the Nellore area, which is 3 1/2 hours north of Chennai, is scheduled for Monday, Oct. 21. Transportation provided. Departure from The Leela Palace at 7 a.m. The tour is of a BMR Groupshrimp farmin the morning and a BMR Groupprocessing plantorfeed millin the afternoon (participants choice/two separate groups), with lunch in between. Return to hotel at around 10 p.m.This tour is at capacity.

This course is for processors who develop HACCP (Hazard Analysis and Critical Control Point) programs as well as for those interested in learning more about HACCP. The classroom-style course will be held at the Le Royal Mridien Chennai from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. (check-in at 7:30 a.m.). The registration fee is USD $70. Registration for GOAL 2019 is separate. To sign up, or for more information, contact BAPsPanchu Duraisamy.

Muttukadu Shrimp Hatchery:A half-day tour of the BMR Group shrimp hatchery in Muttukadu, which islocatedabout one hour south of The Leela Palace, is scheduled for Monday, Oct. 21. Transportation provided. Departure from the hotel at 1 p.m. and again at 2 p.m. (two separate groups).This tour is at capacity.

Join your fellow GAA members for cocktails on the Leela Palaces beautiful patio, the Chess Garden. GAA members can be identified by their locally made, artisan peacock pin. DYK? The countrys national bird is the Indian peacock.

Join the GAA staff for an update on GAAs pre-competitive activities as well as its industry-leading Best Aquaculture Practices third-party certification program. Among the topics that will be addressed are new facility growth, program integrity and market development. Open to all attendees.Sponsored by theU.S. Soybean Export Council.

The opening ceremony will commence with a traditional lamp lighting. The lamp lighting symbolizes knowledge as the greatest form of wealth. There will also be dancers who will lead the crowd upstairs to the opening reception.Sponsored byDevi Fisheries Ltd.

Join your fellow attendees for hors doeuvres and drinks. Open to all attendees.Sponsored byDevi Fisheries Ltd.

This excursion for companions of attendees departs the Leela Palace at 8 a.m. on Tuesday, Oct. 22. The first stop isSt. Thomas Cathedral Basilica and National Shrine of Saint Thomas, a Roman Catholic minor basilica in Santhome, Chennai. It was built in the 16th century by Portuguese explorers, over the tomb of Saint Thomas, one of the 12 apostles of Jesus. Depart at 9:30 a.m. The next stop is Kapaleeshwarar Temple, a Hindu temple dedicated to lord Shiva in Mylapore, Chennai. Depart at 11:30 a.m. The final stop isFort St. George, the first English fortress in India, founded in 1644 in Chennai. Return to the Leela Palace by about 4 p.m.

In 2017, GAA established the student chef cooking competition to provide student chefs with a life-changing experience while partnering with local culinary institutions to raise awareness of responsible aquaculture. Last years competition at Escuela Culinary de las Americas in Guayaquil, Ecuador, drew more than 60 applicants, and the winner, Fernando Correa, received a five-day training session at the Royal Garden Hotel in Kensington, London, and met world renowned chef Raymond Blanc. This years competition will feature some of the best young chefs that India has to offer!Sponsored byCharoen Pokphand Foods.

GAAs Andrew Mallison will set the tone for GOAL 2019 by addressing the conference theme: Connect. Collaborate. Commit.

On behalf of the host country, MPEDA Chairman K. S. Srinivas will welcome GOALs international audience to India, a global leader in seafood production and the worlds No. 1 shrimp exporter.

Fabrice DeClerck co-author of the influential EAT-Lancet Commission report Food. Planet. Health. will answer the question, Can we feed a future population of 10 billion people a healthy diet within planetary boundaries? In his keynote address, DeClerck will address aquacultures role in sustainably intensifying food production (producing more with less) while balancing the health of humans and the planet. He will also address aquacultures contribution to the United Nations Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs).

For the 13th consecutive year, GOAL stalwarts Jim Anderson of the University of Florida and Ragnar Tveteras of the University of Stavanger will present and analyze original data on global farmed shrimp production and global farmed finfish production, respectively. The data is based on GAAs exclusive aquaculture production survey, administered annually by GAAs Darryl Jory, with contributions from Ragnar Nystoyl of Kontali Analyse. Following Anderson and Tveteras, Gorjan Nikolik of Rabobank will address the factors potentially reshaping global seafood trade in the years ahead, including production growth, market development and international trade politics.

Moderated by GAAs George Chamberlain, this session will feature Loc Tran, who will explain advances in management of early mortality syndrome (EMS), Enterocytozoon hepatopenaei (EHP), white feces and shrimp hemocyte iridescent virus (SHIV). Sreeram Raavi will discuss a suite of new technologies improving the efficiency of feeding and pond management. Rounding out the panel are Robins McIntosh, who will share breakthroughs in sustainable intensification, and Travis Larkin, who will talk about progress toward development of the Shrimp Marketing Initiative, launched at GOAL 2018 to increase shrimp consumption in the U.S. market.

Perhaps the most sophisticated of the farmed seafood sectors, salmon is well positioned for sustainable growth with a consistent balance between supply, demand and price. Though its roots are in salmon aquaculture, Canadas Cooke Aquaculture recently acquired shrimp farming and processing operations in Central America. Is this the beginning of the modernization, or salmonization, of farmed shrimp? Cooke Aquaculture co-founder and CEO Glenn Cooke will discuss in a pre-recorded video.

The worlds leading retail and foodservice companies are always well represented at GOAL. Each year, GAA hand picks some of the more influential buyers and suppliers to address the major challenges and opportunities facing aquaculture. Moderated by Steve Hart of GAAs Best Aquaculture Practices certification program, this is the first of three question-and-answer marketplace roundtable, focusing on the challenges and opportunities specific to Asia.

The first of two recipients of the Wallace R. Stevens Lifetime Achievement Award will be honored. GAA established the award in 2004 to recognize individuals whose leadership, integrity and foresight have contributed to the advancement of responsible aquaculture.

As part of the Day 1 Farmers Day program,sponsored byAvanti Feeds Ltd., some of the leading authorities on Indias bustling shrimp sector will provide an update on a variety of topics. Moderated by Santhana Krishnan of Maritech, the five presentations are Indian Shrimp Farming in 2019 by Ravikumar Yellanki of the Society Of Aquaculture Professionals; Diseases in Indian Shrimp Farming: Prevention and Challenges by Ramraj Dhamodar of Padmanabha Labs/HiBreeds Shrimp Hatchery; Managing Production Challenges in Indian Shrimp Farming by Srinibas Mohanty of Avanti Feeds; Feed Management for Production and Cost Efficiency in Indian Shrimp Farming by Victor Suresh of United Research; and Changes in Market Forces that Indian Shrimp Farmers Should Focus for Profitable Production by Sree Atluri of Devi Seafoods. Each presentation will be 15 minutes, with five minutes for question and answer.

Aquaculture is a fragmented sector often dominated by small scale, family-run businesses. Fragmentation has weakened supply chain relationships, reduced transparency and limited producers access to services, technology and investment. This has slowed adoption of key innovations that could help prevent diseases or reduce supply volatility. This breakout session will explore how supply chain actors, innovators and investors can accelerate technology/innovation uptake to stabilize production base and increase transparency.

Invitation only. Transportation to and from theTaj Connemaraprovided.Sponsored by Sandhya Aqua Exports Pvt. Ltd.

This excursion for companions of attendees departs the Leela Palace at 8 a.m. on Wednesday, Oct. 23. The first stop isDakshina Chitra, a living-history museum dedicated to South Indian heritage and culture. It is located 25 kilometers south of Chennai. Depart at 10:30 a.m. The next stop is Mamallapuram, a historic seaside village with an open-air museum of rock sculptures, includingArjunas Penance / Descent of the Ganga, the worlds largest bas-relief. The best known landmark of Mahabalipuram is theShore Temple, which has stood by the sea for 12 centuries. Lunch is at the nearbyHotel Grande Bay Resortat 1:15 p.m. Return to the Leela Palace by about 4:30 p.m.

Donal Maguire of Irelands Bord Iascaigh Mhara will give an update on BIMs CLAMS (Coordinated Local Aquaculture Management Systems) initiative, a success story in area management, while Randy Brummett will explain the World Banks Blue Revolution Project in India, aimed at creating business opportunities in the domestic seafood trade.Syed Mahmudul Huq of the Bangladesh Shrimp & Fish Foundation will also give a presentation about smallholder engagement titled Leveraging Black Tiger Growth: A Participatory Inclusive Development Paradigm in Bangladesh.

Ramanan Laxminarayan is founder and director of the Center for Disease Dynamics, Economics & Policy (CDDEP) in Washington, D.C., and a senior research scholar at Princeton University. Since 1995, Laxminarayan has worked to improve the understanding of antibiotic resistance as a problem of managing a shared global resource. His work encompasses extensive peer-reviewed research, public outreach, and direct engagement in 11 countries in Asia and Africa through the Global Antibiotic Resistance Partnership. Through his prolific research, active public outreach (including awidely viewed TED talk) and sustained policy engagement, he has played a central role in bringing the issue of drug resistance to the attention of leaders and policymakers worldwide, including the United Nations General Assembly in 2016. Following the keynote address will be a panel discussion with representative of the seafood supply and retail community.

Keynote speaker Ramanan Laxminarayan will join Ramraj Dhamodar of All India Shrimp Hatcheries Association, Ruth Hoban of New England Seafood and Will Rash of Big Prawn Co. for a question-and-answer discussion on antibiotic use in aquaculture and AMR in humans, moderated by GAAs Iain Shone.

The head of an accomplished startup and one of the two winners of the 2019 Aquaculture Innovation Challenge, a pitch contest organized by Seafood Trade Intelligence Portal, will talk about his automated-feeder technology for Indonesian shrimp hatcheries. The other winner is Kamran Mahmudov of WETech, whose innovation is a solar-powered pond aeration solution for small-scale Bangladesh shrimp farmers.

What is the role of investors in helping aquaculture to become a truly sustainable solution to global food security challenges? How can aquaculture businesses mitigate risk and become a more investable sector? How can investment foster innovation across the value chain? What solutions are best suited for producers or other technology and service providers? Join GAA and Aqua-Spark for this timely and important discussion with select members of the growing aquaculture investment community.

The fever-pitched presentation format 20 slides, 20 seconds each returns to GOAL for the third consecutive year, this time with an all-Indian lineup. Five innovative, forward-thinking entrepreneurs will share their visions for Indias burgeoning aquaculture sector from production to market in this exciting and engaging format.

Sponsored byIndias Marine Products Exports Development Authority (MPEDA).

You pick the winner! For the second consecutive year, the winner of the seventh annualGlobal Aquaculture Innovation Awardwill be selected by the audience. The three finalists areMike Forbes of Ace AquatechEmily Glenn of ArbiomandAdriano Mallmann of Pegasus Science. Each will give a 10-minute pitch to win over the audience. In 2012, GAA established the competition to recognize individuals and companies finding new solutions to the key challenges facing aquaculture. This year, a record 41 applications from 20 countries were submitted.Sponsored byPreferred Freezer Services.

Join the F3 Future of Fish Feed as it unveils the winner of the F3 Fish Oil Challenge. A sizable cash prize will be awarded to the team that sells the greatest amount of a marine animal ingredients-free fish oil substitute from cultured organisms, including yeast, algae and fungus in a dry powder or liquid form. The award will be presented by Kevin Fitzsimmons.

The winner of the third annual Student Chef Culinary Competition, which will take place at the Leela Palace on Tuesday, Oct. 22., will be recognized along with the other two finalists. In 2017, GAA established the competition to provide student chefs with a life-changing experience while partnering with local culinary institutions to raise awareness of responsible aquaculture. This years three finalists are Kewal G. Chauhan, Siddhant Jaiswal and Manisha Yogesh, selected from a record 500 applicants from seven cities across India.Sponsored byCharoen Pokphand Foods.

The worlds leading retail and foodservice companies are always well represented at GOAL. Each year, GAA hand picks some of the more influential buyers and suppliers to address the major challenges and opportunities facing aquaculture. Moderated by BAPs Mike Berthet, this is the second of three question-and-answer marketplace roundtable, focusing on the challenges and opportunities for the international buying community.

The second of two recipients of the Wallace R. Stevens Lifetime Achievement Award will be honored. GAA established the Lifetime Achievement Award in 2004 to recognize individuals whose leadership, integrity and foresight have contributed to the advancement of responsible aquaculture.

A special guest will unveil the location of GAAs GOAL 2020 conference.

Sponsored byZhanjiang Guolian Aquatic Products Co. Ltd.andSunnyvale Seafood.

GAA President George Chamberlain and Dr. Y.S. Yadava, director of the Bay of Bengal Programme in Chennai, will lead a discussion on the market potential for black tiger shrimp.

Donal Maguire, technical services director of Irelands Bord Iascaigh Mhara (BIM), and Peter Marshall, CEO of RS Standards and chair of GAAs new Biosecurity Area Management Standards, are calling on stakeholders and funders to join this discussion on the potential of area management to solve aquacultures challenges, including disease management, which costs the industry $6 billion per year. They will discuss how area management projects can be a stepping stone to programs such as BIMs CLAMS (Coordinated Local Aquaculture Management Systems) and the Biosecurity Area Management Standards.

Its really common for start-up CEOs to pitch to investors to attract funding. But what will happen if we take a reverse approach and change roles for one time? Instead of the entrepreneurs pitching to investors, during The Reverse Pitch investors will pitch to start-up entrepreneurs. The Reverse Pitch will provide a transparent platform where both start-ups and investors get to learn from each other, an open two-way communication to talk about the challenges of scaling solutions for a more sustainable aquaculture industry. Organized in conjunction with Aqua-Spark, this breakout will contribute to a healthy and flourishing start-up ecosystem in aquaculture.

Immediately following the The Reverse Pitch breakout, join your colleagues in a fun and inspiring networking event in which well celebrate our growing global aquaculture network and the task we all share: Feeding the world with responsible aquaculture. Wear something blue for a special toast to the Blue Revolution presented by Aqua-Spark. Well be taking a group photo, so dont forget Wear Blue on Day 2!

Join your fellow attendees for dinner and drinks atThe Flying Elephant restaurantat the Park Hyatt Chennai. Open to all attendees. Transportation to and from venue provided.Sponsored by Devi Seafoods Ltd.

Rani Hong ofRanis Voice, a survivor of child trafficking, and will kick off the Day 3 plenary with encouraging words about the progress being made in the fight against modern-day slavery, human trafficking and child labor. Hong is one of the worlds leading voices on the subject. She is co-founder and president of theTronie Foundationand a special advisor to the United Nations.Read Ranis story here.

As the global director of corporate affairs and sustainability at Thai Union Group since 2015, Darian McBain has shifted one of the worlds largest seafood companies from a commodity focus to a wholistic ecosystem approach, with an emphasis on oceans and people. Working within the framework of the UN Sustainable Development Goals, McBain developed Thai Unions sustainability strategy, SeaChange®. She also played a role in Thai Union adopting its Ethical Migrant Recruitment Policy, one of the first zero-fees recruitment models regionally, which encouraged the Thai government to adopt new legislation eliminating recruitment broker use in Thailand. In her keynote address, McBain will focus on the two main topics of discussion for the Day 3 plenary social responsibility and feed sustainability and how each of the two play off of each other.

Birgitte Krough-Poulsen will present the final results of an impact assessment conducted by KIT Royal Tropical Institute and aimed at gauging whether GAAs Best Aquaculture Practices third-party certification program is driving social change and improvement in Chile, Indonesia and Vietnam.

Moderated by BAPs Avery Siciliano, the session will conclude with a question-and-answer panel discussion on social responsibility in aquaculture and fisheries and the need for the industry to treat the problem, not the symptoms, by providing platforms for worker voice and creating safe working conditions that encourage gender equality, youth protection and community development.

GAA, along with their EMMY award winning crew, travelled to the Magallanes and Chilean Antarctica Region, colloquially known as the end of the world, to shoot the newest installment of itsGAA Filmsseries. The film shares the story of a Chilean family man that has struggled to find his place in the ever-fluctuating seafood workforce. We watch his story unfold as he begins a dangerous sea urchin diving career, struggles to support his family and is faced with a choice to transition into aquaculture. Chile is an artisanal and commercial fishing hub, as well as one of the most thriving locations for aquaculture. This visually breathtaking this film introduces the world to the issues of social responsibility in seafood at the end of the world.

Moderated by BAPs Dan Lee, representatives of the various feed ingredient sectors will discuss the obstacles associated with bringing new feed ingredient products to market. Despite a strong sustainability story, acceptance in the production community as well as in the retail and foodservice community remains a challenge. But progress is being made.Sponsored byVeramaris.

The worlds leading retail and foodservice companies and seafood supply companies are always well represented at GOAL. Each year, GAA hand picks some of the more influential buyers and suppliers to address the major challenges and opportunities facing aquaculture. Moderated by BAPs Chris Trosin, this is the third of three question-and-answer marketplace roundtable, focusing on the challenges and opportunities specific to North America as well as the two main topics of the Day 3 plenary social responsibility and feed sustainability.

GOAL veteran Travis Larkin of The Seafood Exchange wraps up the conference with a summary of three-day program, reflecting on this years theme, Connect. Collaborate. Commit.

Sponsored by theNorth American Renderers Association.

For the second consecutive year, the winner of the seventh annualGlobal Aquaculture Innovation Awardwas selected by the GOAL audience. The three finalists wereMike Forbes of Ace AquatecEmily Glenn of ArbiomandAdriano Mallmann of Pegasus Science, who all presented at the conference. With just over half of the audience vote, Forbes was chosen as the winner for his Scottish companys in-water electric stunning device designed to slaughter fish more humanely. In 2012, GAA established the competition to recognize individuals and companies finding new solutions to the key challenges facing aquaculture. This year, a record 43 applications from 20 countries were submitted.Sponsored byPreferred Freezer Services.

In 2017, GAA established the Student Culinary Competition to provide student chefs with a life-changing experience while partnering with local culinary institutions to raise awareness of responsible aquaculture. In 2019, the three finalists were Kewal G. Chauhan, Siddhant Jaiswal and Manisha Yogesh, selected from a record 500 applicants from seven cities across India. Manisha Yogesh (pictured at left) was chosen as the winner for her entre, Tilapia Pol with Crevette Arancini, Tossed Summer Vegetables, Cauliflower Saffron Puree and Wasabi De Spuma.Sponsored byCharoen Pokphand Foods.

GAA recognizes individuals who have made an enduring advancement in the field of aquaculture, admired for their integrity, leadership and commitment to responsible aquaculture. In 2019, GAA honored John Galiher, founder and CEO of cold-storage provider Preferred Freezer Services, and Brahmanandam Potru, founder and CEO of Indian shrimp producer Devi Seafoods (pictured at left with GAAs Bill Herzig). Past recipients include I. Chiu Liao, Chingchai Lohawatanakul, Nguyen Dzung, Li Sifa, Ken Morrison, George Williams, Peder Jacobson, Bjorn Myrseth, Don Lightner, Bill Herzig and Wally Stevens. In 2018, the award was renamed the Wallace R. Stevens Lifetime Achievement Award in honor of GAA CEO Wally Stevens.

The worlds leading retail and foodservice seafood buyers are always well represented at GOAL. Buyers play a key role in influencing aquaculture production practices through their corporate social responsibility policies and associated sourcing specifications. Among the companies represented on stage and in the audience at GOAL 2019 were Ahold Delhaize, Bon Apptit Management Company, Brakes Group, Direct Seafoods, Disney, Gordon Food Service, Harvest Food Distributors, Hello Fresh, Hema Fresh, Mitsui & Co., Publix, Red Lobster, Sams Club, Sysco, US Foods and Walmart.

For the first time in 2019, the GOAL program was broadcast live beyond the conference venue in Chennai, India. Dubbed Farmers Day, the event drew dozens of participants in four shrimp-farming hubs throughout India Balasore, Puducherry, Surat and Vijayawada as well as six other cities throughout Southeast Asia to watch the Day 1 program. Using the conferences mobile application, participants were able to take part in audience polling and audience Q&A.Sponsored byAvanti Feeds Ltd.

Leverage your relationship with GAA and bolster your visibility throughout the aquaculture community by sponsoring GOAL 2020 in Tokyo, Japan. Aligning with GAA is a statement about your long-term commitment to responsible aquaculture. Interested? Check out theGOAL 2020 sponsorship benefits,and contact GAAsSteven Hedlund. Act fast, as sponsorship packages are sold only once on a first-come, first-serve basis.

GOAL 2020 will be held at The Okura Tokyo from Oct. 6 to 8. Registration to open in the spring. Join us!Click here to save the date in your calendar.

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