The Global Aquaculture Alliance has settled on the venue and dates for the organization’s GOAL 2014 conference.

goal-2014_update3_001GOAL 2014 will be held at the Sheraton Saigon Hotel & Towers in Ho Chi Minh City, Vietnam, from Oct. 7 to 10, 2014. Located in downtown Ho Chi Minh City, the 470-room hotel features 2,500 square meters of meeting space, including a 1,080-square-meter ballroom.

The location of GOAL 2014 (Ho Chi Minh City) was first announced at the close of GOAL 2013 in Paris, France, in early October.

Registration for GOAL 2014 will open in early 2014. For information on registration, including registration fees, please visit www.gaalliance.org/GOAL2014/goal-registration.php.

The GOAL 2014 program is currently in development. An outline of the program will be available in early 2014. Those interested in presenting at GOAL 2014 should contact GAA Communications Manager Steven Hedlund at steven.hedlund@gaalliance.org.

Through GOAL, GAA strives to carry out its mission of responsible aquaculture by providing a venue at which leadership development, cooperation and education are encouraged.

It’s been nine years since GOAL has been held in Vietnam. At the time, in 2005, GOAL (Global Outlook for Aquaculture Leadership) was called the Global Shrimp Outlook and attracted about 450 attendees, the highest GOAL attendance to date.

Vietnam’s aquaculture industry has grown significantly since then. In 2012, the country exported U.S. $6.13 billion worth of seafood, led by shrimp (U.S. $2.24 billion) and Pangasius (U.S. $1.74 billion).