Since its launch in 2001, GOAL has evolved into a must-attend conference for the world's aquaculture thought leaders. With a 17-year history of bringing together inspiring people to provide an insight into the trends shaping the future of responsible aquaculture production and sourcing, the annual GOAL conference is a way of demonstrating commitment to feeding the world. In previous years, the conference has been a huge success. In 2017, GOAL celebrated its 20th anniversary with a conference held in Dublin. A stunning acapella performance by a young Irish man kicked off the opening ceremony, followed by various keynote speeches and fascinating insights from some of the most important aquaculture leaders. You can see more from last year’s conference here:

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This year for the first time ever, the three-day event will take place in Ecuador. Guayaquil is Ecuador’s largest city and is the hub of its prosperous shrimp-farming and -processing sector.For more than 50 years, Ecuador has proven to be a leader in shrimp aquaculture, complying with the highest environmental and social standards, which has made it a world reference in the industry. GOAL 2018 will celebrate Ecuador’s leadership, which has redefined the term ‘sustainability’ with farms that have been in continuous operation for more than three decades.




About the destination Ecuador

Ecuador manages to pack all the best bits about South America into one small country. It showcases an array of wonders including the majestic Andes, the dense Amazon rainforest, bustling indigenous markets, verdant cloud forests teeming with flora and fauna, laidback Pacific beaches, colonial cities and of course the world-famous Galapagos Islands. This unique diversity is wrapped in a layer of South American charm, with an ‘off the beaten track’ vibe that lets you discover Ecuador’s unique culture.

Industrial Tours

These unique tours are a chance to see the most important part of Guayaquil: its industry. Home to Ecuador's manufacturing and fishing industries, the Port of Guayaquil handles almost all of the country's imports and half of its exports, including oil, sugar, coffee, bananas, shrimp and cacao. On these day tours you can visit a local indigenous market as well as a shrimp production factory, to learn about how the city helps to generate over 25% of Ecuador’s GDP.





About local supplier:

Founded in 2001, Andean Travel Company is a Destination Management Company for Ecuador and the Galapagos Islands. Their extensive knowledge and product insight helps to create the most personalised travel experiences in this unique part of the world, including trips to the Amazon, volcanoes, colonial cities, indigenous markets, hot springs, cloudforests, Galapagos Islands and more. Andean Travel Company has six yachts and catamarans on the Galapagos Islands, all recently refurbished with modern facilities and a range of itineraries: Odyssey, Treasure, San Jose, Archipel I & II and Nemo I.