The Global Conference on Aquaculture Millennium +20 was successfully held from 22-25 September 2021 as a hybrid event.

Of the more than 2700 people who registered their interest via the GCA +20 website, a total of 1728 participants from 113 countries attended the conference (500 in-person, 1228 online), widely represented by a range of different stakeholders (IGOs/INGOs, public/private sectors; education, research and extension workers; producers groups; traders; civil society organizations.

Overall, the GCA +20 achieved its objectives to:

  • review status, trends and emerging issues in aquaculture development;
  • identify opportunities and challenges in aquaculture and its contributions to sustainable development;
  • evaluate the progress of aquaculture development in light of previously recommended strategies and policies at regional and global level; and
  • build consensus on priorities and actions needed for advancing aquaculture as a global, sustainable and competitive food production sector.

These webpages are maintained as a record of the documents, posters, reviews and recordings.

The Report of the Global Conference on Aquaculture Millennium +20 is available online here, and recordings can be found using the links below.

Day 1 Plenary
  • Opening ceremony
  • Keynote speeches
  • Special Topic presentations
Day 1 Stream 1
  • Aquaculture systems
Stream 2
  • Aquaculture feed and feeding
Stream 3
  • Dynamics of aquaculture governance
Day 2 Stream 1
  • Innovation in aquaculture
  • Transforming aquaculture to achieve SDGs
Stream 2
  • Aquatic genetic resources and seed supply
  • Biosecurity: reducing the burden of disease
Stream 3
  • Social and human dimensions of aquaculture
  • Value chains and market access for aquaculture products
Day 2 Plenary
  • Poster session
  • Shanghai Declaration: adoption and pledges
  • Closing ceremony

Farmed fish and plants have long contributed to healthy diets, poverty alleviation and rural development. It is only recently, however, that aquaculture has grown to be the leading source of aquatic food, which is expected to meet expanding global dietary demands while also addressing the food security needs of the poor.

Ongoing cooperation and collaboration among widespread stakeholders, including through events like the GCA +20, will enable aquaculture to fulfill its role for food and sustainable Development.