February 3, 2017
GAA gearing up for larger presence at Boston seafood expo
The Global Aquaculture Alliance (GAA) will be making its presence more felt at Seafood Expo North America (SENA) this year with a larger exhibit.
SENA, North America's largest seafood trade show, with more than 1,000 exhibiting companies from over 40 countries, takes place at the Boston Convention & Exhibition Center (BCEC) in Boston, Massachusetts, USA, from March 19 to 21.
GAA said it will exhibit at booth No. 481, which is the same as last year. However, the 400-square-foot exhibit is brand-new and double in size.
The GAA exhibit will have information on the Best Aquaculture Practices (BAP) third-party certification programme, as well as information on GAA's pre-competitive activities including GAA membership, GOAL 2017 conference, Global Aquaculture Advocate website, Responsible Aquaculture Foundation e-learning program, MyGAA online community and GAA Films. Both MyGAA and GAA Films are new to the GAA family.
Among the events taking place are the GAA membership meeting and board of directors' meeting on March 18, BAP dialogue meeting on March 19 and premiere of GAA Films on March 19.
In addition to the exhibit, GAA has reserved Room 205C for meetings; the room is located at the west side of the BCEC, facing downtown Boston.
Following is the schedule of events released by GAA:
Saturday, March 18
10:30 a.m. to 12 p.m.—GAA membership meeting, Room 205C; open only to GAA members.
12:30 p.m.—GAA board of directors' meeting and discussion, Room 205C; open only to GAA board members. Light lunch will be served at 12:30 p.m.
Sunday, March 19
10:30 a.m. to 12:30 p.m.—BAP dialogue meeting, Room 205C: GAA's annual update on the BAP third-party certification programme. Among the topics on the meeting agenda are new facility growth and development, iBAP programme, market development, biosecurity area management, programme integrity and the new online portal.
Monday, March 20
1p.m.-2 p.m.—cooking demonstration featuring four-star BAP tilapia from China, Cooking Demonstration Theatre, Show Floor, 3300 Aisle. Chef Rut of Sunnyvale Seafood/Guangdong Gourmet Products will be preparing a variety of Asian-inspired dishes featuring four-star BAP tilapia from China. Learn more about sourcing tilapia from China, responsible aquaculture and the BAP third-party certification programme. The cooking demonstration is sponsored by the China Aquatic Products Processing and Marketing Alliance. Chef Rut (Panurat Poladitmontri) has 30 years of culinary experience as a restaurateur, cookbook author, developer of Thai food product lines and foodservice consultant. Together with Judy Lew, he penned "Thailand the Beautiful Cookbook" to commemorate the Queen of Thailand's 60th birthday. He owns Harbor Café in Seattle.
4p.m.-5 p.m.—Premiere of GAA Films, GAA booth No. 481. Join GAA for the premiere of GAA Films' first short film. GAA Films is a short film initiative setting out to highlight the untold stories of the different stakeholders in aquaculture. This first film features the life of a second-generation, women-owned farm raising trout in rural Mexico. Complimentary beer and wine will be served.