As aquaculture continues to operate more efficiently and with less impact on the environment, biotechnology has emerged as a useful tool.

Among the highlights of the Global Aquaculture Alliance's GOAL 2018 conference in Guayaquil, Ecuador, is a question-and-answer panel discussion exploring how biotechnology is making its mark on food production, with a focused look at the aquafeed sector.What is biotechnology – and what is it not? And how can biotech influence the future of farmed seafood? With the development of CRISPR gene-editing technology, the Economist magazine predicts that CRISPR-modified crops will reach supermarkets in the next five to 10 years.

With research already under way, what does this mean for farmed seafood?
Vonnie Estes, 2017 recipient of the Rosalind Franklin Award for Leadership in Industrial Biotechnology, will lead off with a presentation and then join a panel for an in-depth discussion, moderated by Global Aquaculture Advocate Editor James Wright.

Vonnie Estes, Independent Business Consultant
Larry Feinberg, KnipBio
Michael Tlusty, UMass Boston
David Tze, NovoNutrients
Moderator: James Wright, Global Aquaculture Alliance

Relevant, timely, solutions-oriented
GOAL is an annual conference of aquaculture leaders representing the entire value chain from egg to plate. It is unique in its ability to attract top seafood buyers in addition to top producers. Buyers play a key role in influencing aquaculture production practices through their corporate CSR policies and associated sourcing specifications.

Topics addressed will include antimicrobial resistance, social responsibility, animal welfare and climate change. As this year's conference is in Ecuador, one of the world"s leading shrimp producers, part of the program will focus on issues unique to the shrimp sector.

Register for GOAL 2018, HERE.

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