Atlantic Canada to Host GSA’s GOAL 2023 Conference


Atlantic Canada will host the 22nd edition of the GOAL conference in the fall of 2023, the Global Seafood Alliance (GSA) announced on May 18.

GOAL: The Responsible Seafood Conference, the largest international seafood conference of its kind, will bring together 500 seafood industry leaders from around the world in the host city of Saint John, NB. Braunschweig. This is only the second time that GOAL will take place in Canada, with Vancouver being the host city in 2015. GOAL has taken place in 18 cities on four continents (North America, South America, Europe and Asia) since 2001 and is takes place in Seattle in the fall of 2022 and in Scotland in the fall of 2024.

“Atlantic Canada is a major seafood producer on the global aquaculture scene, particularly salmon. The region’s finfish and shellfish aquaculturists have adopted best practices and are highly regarded as responsible and important contributors to the rural coastal economy and active waterfront areas of New Brunswick, Nova Scotia, Newfoundland and Prince Edward Island. Coupled with a rich wild fishing tradition, New Brunswick is a perfect fit for GOAL 2023 and the GSA,” said GSA CEO Brian Perkins.

The Atlantic Canada Fish Farmers Association (ACFFA), the trade association representing the region’s fish farming sector, led the bid and will work with the federal government of Canada, the provincial government of New Brunswick and others seafood industry organizations across Atlantic Canada, including several farmed and wild-caught seafood associations, to organize the event with the GSA.

“As one of the pioneer regions of the global salmon aquaculture industry, Atlantic Canada has become an extraordinary hub of innovative and sustainable aquaculture and cutting-edge marine research. We look forward to showcasing Atlantic Canada’s science-based and collaborative approach to sustainable seafood production to the world,” said Susan Farquharson, Executive Director of the Atlantic Canada Fish Farmers Association. “Hosting GOAL in Atlantic Canada will provide our seafood professionals with invaluable opportunities to learn and connect with their counterparts around the world so that we can continue to evolve our industry.

“Atlantic Canada has a deep relationship with the ocean and the production of sustainable seafood. As a family business, we have always worked to improve operations and the quality of our products. Innovation is part of who we are, intrinsic to our East Coast mentality and the values ​​of everyone who works with us,” said Glenn Cooke, CEO of Cooke Aquaculture Inc.

“While we have continued to grow our global seafood business, our headquarters remain in New Brunswick. This is where our business began and as a platinum sponsor of GOAL 2023, we will showcase a New Brunswick-based project of which we are a proud partner – Fundy Salmon Recovery – the world’s first wild salmon recovery project in collecting young fish after they have passed critical early life stages in the wild, then caring for them at a dedicated marine conservation fish farm on Grand Manan Island using aquaculture technology. This premier model sees historic returns of endangered wild inner Bay of Fundy Atlantic salmon and the results were only possible thanks to Parks Canada’s groundbreaking partnership, Fort Folly First Nation Habitat Recovery, UNB, Cooke Aquaculture, the Province of New Brunswick and the Atlantic Canada Fish Farmers Association,” added Glenn Cooke.

“I am delighted that the Global Seafood Alliance has chosen Saint John, New Brunswick to host the 22nd edition of the GOAL conference. This is an extremely important event, and we look forward to welcoming industry leaders from around the world to our province,” said Minister of Agriculture, Aquaculture and Fisheries. , Margaret Johnson. “There is no better place to see the aquaculture and fisheries sectors up close. Our seafood sectors are key economic drivers for many rural, coastal and Indigenous communities in New Brunswick, and being able to showcase what we do best and learn from others is a tremendous opportunity.

“We are thrilled to have GOAL 2023 taking place in Saint John, the only city on the famous Bay of Fundy,” said Paulette Hicks, CEO of Envision Saint John: Regional Growth Agency. “Hosting this international seafood leaders conference will inject over $1 million into the local economy. We look forward to the opportunity to showcase our city and our incredible businesses and recognize that every visitor to our area is a new resident, business owner or potential investor.

For 21 years, GOAL has served as a platform for knowledge sharing and collaboration between industry, NGOs, academia, government, retail and food service. It is a unique blend of professionals representing both farmed and wild-caught seafood, united by an ever-growing, forward-thinking conference program that identifies emerging challenges and offers solutions to those challenges. . Moderated by subject matter experts from the GSA, GOAL’s carefully curated program includes approximately 60 international speakers and focuses on production, sustainability, innovation and market trends.

Each OBJECTIVE is unique, embracing the identity and culture of the host country while providing an entertaining and relaxed atmosphere for professionals to network and socialize through off-site receptions and dinners as well as tours of production facilities.

About the Global Seafood Alliance
The Global Seafood Alliance is an international, not-for-profit trade association dedicated to promoting responsible seafood practices through education, advocacy and third-party assurance. Through the development of its Best Aquaculture Practices and Best Seafood Practices certification programs, the GSA has become the leading provider of seafood insurance in the world. The organization’s work spans the full spectrum of responsibilities, from environmental responsibility and social responsibility to food safety. Founded in 1997 as the Global Aquaculture Alliance, the GSA is headquartered in Portsmouth, NH, USA. To learn more, visit

Members of the Atlantic Canada Fish Farmers Association – farmers, feed producers and service support organizations – represent an industry that contributes more than $2 billion and more than 8,000 jobs to the Canadian economy each year. Atlantic Canada through research-intensive, environmentally friendly and commercial aquaculture. . ACFFA operates a private tidal wharf to serve its members and hosts the annual Atlantic Canada Aquaculture Research Conference which brings together industry professionals to learn about the latest trends, opportunities, innovations and research in our sector. . The ACFFA, formerly known as the New Brunswick Salmon Growers’ Association (NBSGA), has represented salmon farmers since 1987. For more information, visit


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