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GOAL 2015

What’s Your Legacy?

Make your mark on greater aquaculture production and sustainability by joining the more than 400 seafood professionals and thought leaders from around the world who attend the Global Aquaculture Alliance’s annual GOAL (Global Outlook on Aquaculture Leadership) conference. GOAL is a unique, once-a-year opportunity to learn, network and connect the supply side to the marketplace, all in a business-friendly, yet casual environment. Since its inception in 2001, GOAL has evolved into a must-attend conference for the world’s top aquaculture thought leaders. Register now before the early bird registration fee expires on Aug. 1.


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Four Seasons Vancouver

GOAL 2015 will be held at the Four Seasons Hotel in Vancouver, British Columbia, Canada, from Oct. 26 to 29, 2015. The room rate is CAD $195. Book your room now before the rate expires on Sept. 18.

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GOAL sponsorship is an ideal opportunity for you to increase your visibility by demonstrating your support for responsible aquaculture. There are five sponsorship levels. To capitalize on this unique opportunity to reach a cross section of representatives from industry, retail and foodservice, government, academia and the NGO community, view the GOAL 2015 sponsorship opportunities and contact GAA Relationship Manager Sally Krueger at +1-314-780-1444 or sally.krueger@gaalliance.org.

Unrivaled Program

GOAL features four days of information and analysis on the farmed seafood value chain, beginning with a plenary session in the morning, followed by breakout sessions in the afternoon. Exclusive to GOAL is the production data and analysis presented by the World Bank’s Jim Anderson and Ragnar Tveteras of the University of Stavanger. The final GOAL 2015 program will be published in early July.

Day 0, Monday, Oct. 26, 1-4:30 p.m.
Zone management

Day 1, Tuesday, Oct. 27, 8 a.m.-1 p.m.
Keynote Speaker #1
Animal Health & Welfare
Antibiotic Use in Aquaculture
Shrimp Production: Breaking the Boom & Bust Cycle
Global Shrimp Production Data & Analysis
Global Finfish Production Data & Analysis

Day 2, Wednesday, Oct. 28, 8 a.m.-1 p.m.
Keynote Speaker #2
Consumer Education
Social Responsibility
Feed Sustainability
Pioneers of North American Aquaculture
Retail Roundtable #1
Retail Roundtable #2
Lifetime Achievement Award

Day 3, Thursday, Oct. 29, 8 a.m.-1 p.m.
Aquaculture Innovation & Leadership Award
Role of Education in Aquaculture Improvement
Understanding & Accessing China’s Marketplace
Retail Roundtable #3
Retail Roundtable #4
Retail Roundtable #5

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Q60A0483Access the Marketplace

At GOAL, learn from and network with many of the world’s leading retail and foodservice buyers. At GOAL 2014, more than 40% of attendees identified themselves as “buyers.” GOAL 2014 fatured representatives of Bon Appetit Management Co./Compass Group, BJ’s Wholesale Club, Coles, Tesco, Davigel/Nestlé, Delhaize Group, Direct Seafoods, Giant Eagle, Groupe Casino, M & J Seafood Ltd./Brakes Europe, Long John Silver’s, Meijer, Morrisons, Red Lobster Seafood Co., Sainsbury’s, Walmart/Sam’s Club and Wegmans Food Markets.


Industry tours are scheduled for Monday, Oct. 26, and Friday, Oct. 30. To sign up, contact GAA Communications Manager Steven Hedlund at +1-207-517-2191 or steven.hedlund@gaalliance.org.

Monday, Oct. 26
Screen Shot 2015-06-10 at 3.16.21 PMNorthern Divine Caviar/Target Marine Hatcheries
Sechelt, British Columbia

Northern Divine Caviar is crafted by Target Marine Hatcheries, Canada’s only producer of certified organic farmed Fraser River white sturgeon. The tour of the company’s land-based aquaculture facility includes a caviar tasting. It departs the Four Seasons early in the morning and includes ferry and shuttle service. The facility is located about 75 kilometers north of downtown Vancouver. The tour can accommodate a maximum of 21 people. To sign up, email steven.hedlund@gaalliance.org.

Monday, Oct. 26
Screen Shot 2015-04-02 at 9.20.38 AMAlbion Fisheries Ltd.
Richmond, British Columbia

Albion Fisheries is western Canada’s largest seafood distributor. The half-day tour is of the company’s processing and distribution facility. It departs the Four Seasons early in the morning and includes shuttle service. The facility is located about 14 kilometers south of downtown Vancouver. To sign up, email steven.hedlund@gaalliance.org.

Monday, Oct. 26
Capilano River Hatchery
North Vancouver, British Columbia

The Capilano River Hatchery was built in 1971 to strengthen declining salmon stocks. The current facility was constructed around an existing concrete river weir, fishway and water supply. The weir diverts adult salmon up the fishway to the capture trap. Immediately downstream you can witness migrating adults pass the fishway’s plexiglass windows. Adjacent to the fishway viewing windows is one of the adult holding ponds with plexiglass viewing windows. Two one-hour tours are scheduled — one in the morning and one in the afternoon. The hatchery is located just minutes from the Four Seasons. It includes shuttle service. To sign up, email steven.hedlund@gaalliance.org.

Friday, Oct. 30
Cermaq Canada
Campbell River, British Columbia

Cermaq Canada is one of British Columbia’s leading salmon producers. The full-day tour is of the company’s Brent Island salmon farm site, the first salmon farm to earn Best Aquaculture Practices certification in late 2011, and of its processing plant, time permitting. It departs the Four Seasons early in the morning and returns late in the evening, so participants are encouraged to plan accordingly. Due to the cost of transportation (Campbell River is about 230 kilometers from Vancouver), participants will be charged a fee. To sign up, email steven.hedlund@gaalliance.org.

Friday, Oct. 30
Screen Shot 2015-06-15 at 2.14.09 PMOkanagan Valley
Special Two-Night Culinary Tour
Osoyoos, British Columbia

Okanagan Valley is often referred to as the “Napa of the North,” boasting more than 170 wineries and 9,000 acres of vineyards. This special two-night culinary tour of British Columbia’s Okanagan Valley, located about 390 kilometers west of Vancouver, is being hosted by Ned Bell, executive chef of the Four Seasons Vancouver and YEW seafood + bar and an Okanagan Valley native.

Screen Shot 2015-06-15 at 2.16.18 PMThe tour includes a visit to an indoor Arctic char facility; wine tastings at two wineries, the Burrowing Owl Estate Winery and La Stella Winery; dinner and wine pairing at the Spirit Ridge Winery; and a two-night stay at the Spirit Ridge Vineyard Resort & Spa in Osoyoos, British Columbia. The shuttle to Okanagan Valley departs the Four Seasons at 1 p.m. on Thursday, Oct. 29, at the conclusion of the conference and returns early in the afternoon to Vancouver International Airport. The cost of the two-night tour, including hotel, is $820 per person or $1,430 per couple, and $300 deposit is required to hold a space. Space is limited. To sign up, or for more information, email Sally Krueger at sallyk@gaalliance.org.