The Global Aquaculture Alliance’s (GAA) Mini-GOAL seminar returns to Seafood Expo North America (SENA) in Boston this year. Mini-GOAL will be held on Monday, March 17, from 12:45 p.m. to 2:15 p.m. in Room 153AB of the Boston Convention & Exhibition Center. GAA is exhbiting at Seafood Expo North America in booth No. 481.

As in years past, Mini-GOAL will feature a recap of last year’s GOAL conference, a preview of this year’s GOAL conference and a panel discussion of the opportunities and challenges facing responsible aquaculture.

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This year’s Mini-GOAL will focus on the need to deliver more certified farmed seafood to the marketplace, with a mix of representatives from the NGO, production and retail communities addressing the key hindrances, including early mortality syndrome in shrimp, feed sustainability and accessibility of third-party certification.

This 90-minute seminar will feature three brief presentations followed by a question-and-answer panel discussion, with time for the audience to ask questions. The topics addressed at Mini-GOAL will be discussed in detail at GAA’s GOAL 2014 conference at the Sheraton Saigon in Ho Chi Minh City, Vietnam, from Oct. 7 to 10.

The panelists are GAA President George Chamberlain; Dan Lee, Best Aquaculture Practices (BAP) standards coordinator; Peter Redmond, BAP VP of business development; Avrim Lazar, principle consultant for the Global Salmon Initiative; Ricardo Garcia, general manager of Camanchaca; and Scott Williams, associate VP of quality assurance and environmental stewardship for BJ’s Wholesale Club. The moderator is Steven Hedlund, GAA communications manager.

day-1_001Please note that a conference passport is required from the show organizer to attend this and other seminars. Contact Seafood Expo North America registration at +1 508-743-8577 to upgrade your badge to include seminars. Or visit the Seafood Expo North America conference webpage for more information.

Questions about Mini-GOAL? Contact GAA Communications Manager Steven Hedlund at +1 207-831-0196 or steven.hedlund@gaalliance.org.

On Sunday, March 16, GAA is holding its board of directors meeting from 8 to 9:30 a.m. and its membership meeting from 10 to 11 a.m., both in Room 205C of the Boston Convention & Exhibition Center. Representatives of companies in good standing with GAA are encouraged to attend the membership meeting; the board meeting is private.

Additionally, GAA is sponsoring the 4th Annual iPura Tweet & Blogfest at SENA. Click here for more information.

Organized by Diversified Communications, SENA (formally the International Boston Seafood Show) features more than 1,000 exhibiting companies from 40-plus countries and more than 19,000 attendees from about 100 countries. The show is open from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. on Sunday, March 16, and Monday, March 17, and from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. on Tuesday, March 18.