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Picture: Global aquaculture demand and solutions are discussed at Shangri-la Hotel in Bangkok. Photo: Øystein Lie.

Picture: Global aquaculture demand and solutions are discussed at Shangri-la Hotel in Bangkok. Photo: Øystein Lie.

Eight years ago,  the Global Shrimp Outlook meeting in Bangkok in 2004 dealt with antidumping measures, record low prices and shifts in market dynamics that saw shrimp becoming a more mainstream meal selection.  This time, again in Bangkok, the GOAL 2012 conference deals with how aquaculture faces changing trends to quickly, but responsibly achieve greater production.

BANGKOK: The Global Aquaculture Alliance and fellow industry leaders gathers in Asia's seafood trade center for GAA's annual aquaculture seafood meeting.  GOAL 2012 welcomes over 300 aquaculture and seafood leaders for reviews of global supply and demand, networking and strategic insights.
"In 2012, aquaculture faces an urgent need to expand its output of fish and shrimp to meet the rapidly rising global demand. Especially in Asia, the growing middle class has a taste for quality seafood -- and the means to purchase it," states the alliance in the run-up to this years conference - and points to the fact that  Asia represents a huge emerging market.
GOAL's forerunner, the Global Shrimp Outlook meeting, was held in Bangkok in 2004. At that time, shrimp aquaculture was dealing with antidumping measures, record low prices and shifts in market dynamics that saw shrimp becoming a more mainstream meal selection.
This time, again in Bangkok, the conference challenges the state of aquaculture year 2012 and beyond: The aquaculture faces changing trends to quickly, but responsibly achieve greater production. Delegates at the conference are discussing solutions to issues that can help guide the future of aquaculture.

George Chamberlain, president Gobal Aquaculture Alliance.

George Chamberlain, president Gobal Aquaculture Alliance.

GOAL 2012 will provide up-to-date information on the farmed seafood value chain in summarized form and cover the most widely traded aquaculture species. Throughout the event, speakers will share their perspectives on what is really happening in aquaculture -- both now and into the future.

In targeted sessions, informed and informative industry experts will deliver:

•Expert interpretations of global data
•Concise reviews of leading international markets
•Investment trends for 2013 and beyond
•Insights on seafood issues and concerns.

GLOBAL VIEW: Headed by excecutive director Wally Stevens and president George Chamberlain from Global Aquaculture Alliance the conference includes Wimol Jantrarotai from Thailand Department of Fisheries and Chingchai Lohawatanakul from Charoen Pokphand Foods as opening speakers.
The conference' main topic,  the challenge of seafood demand the next decade, is introduced by Wally Stevens.  Accordingly Jim Anderson from The World Bank presents the shrimp production review, and Ragnar Tveterås from University of Stavanger reviews the fish production the coming years.
Phillip Hsia, DaChan Greatwall Group, looks into the global macroeconomics related to aquaculture industry.
A session on health managment is introduced by George Chamberlain, Global Aquaculture Alliance. Adolfo Alvial, Adolfo Alvial Consultancies presents  on the follow-up report on infectious salmon anemia study in Chile.  A case ctudy  on early mortality syndrome in shrimp, is presented by Donald Lightner, University of Arizona, Rohanna Subasinghe, United Nations Food & Agriculture Organization, Chadag Mohan, Network of Aquaculture Centres in Asia Pacific, and Tim Flegel, Mahidol University.

INVESTMENT CHALLENGE: The global aquaculture investment will be focused  by  Philippe de Lapérouse, HighQuest Partners.  He has made a comparison between aquaculture and agriculture in terms of investments.  He is followed by Jørgen Lund, North Atlantic Seafood Forum, on capital requirements for major seafood growth.
Gorjan Nikolik from Rabobank International talks about how a commercial bank view aquaculture, and Chantal Andriamilamina from International Finance Corp. shares her views on aquaculture investment.
The marketing session of the conference foucuses on sustainabillity and the Australian seafood marketplace growth, as well as certification as a growing trend in the marketplace.

PREPARING WHITEPAPER: Øystein Lie, excecutive manager at MareLife, is attending the conference in Bangkok. He says time is ripe to act and point at concrete solutions with expected impact.
" GOAL is a massive learning and dialogue arena, where I enhance my knowledge and insight to help preparing for concerted actions," says Lie.
MareLife’s main partnership-arena for marine innovation is North Atlantic Seafood Forum (NASF) and the innovation session, “Day Zero".  Global Aquaculture Solutions, like for GOAL, will be the main theme on the agenda on "Day Zero" in Bergen next march. It will expose a series of  innovative solutions to advance the aquaculture sector.
"We aim at developing a whitepaper with that very same focus and we want to strengthen that product and our arena by linking up with GAA and invite its President, George Chamberlain, to make an opening keynote speech March 5 in Bergen and to participate in the workgroup for the whitepaper," says Øystein Lie.

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