Global Conference on Aquaculture Millennium +20

Dear RSN Members and Friends,

We are pleased to announce the Global Conference on Aquaculture Millennium +20 Millennium +20 (GCA +20) which will take place from
22-27 September 2021
Shanghai, China

The registration is open, free and can be accessed at

Please note that the target audience would be government partners, universities and institutions, regional aquaculture networks and private sector actors – but all people interested in aquaculture are invited. Note that a limited number of youth scholarship awards are available (details below) and the application deadline is 31 March.

Please find below some further details (and attached FAO flyers):

Registration for the Global Conference on Aquaculture Millennium +20 (GCA +20) is now open (

Brief background: Recognizing the critical role of a diverse aquaculture sector for food security and poverty alleviation, the expectation for aquaculture to fill the increasing global fish supply and demand gap, the need to exchange information and experiences, and the importance for a common vision and appreciation on how to achieve the sustainable growth of this food sector, FAO, at the request of its Members, is organizing the Global Conference on Aquaculture Millennium + 20 in collaboration with the Network of Aquaculture Centres in Asia-Pacific (NACA) and the Ministry of Agriculture and Rural Affairs (MARA) of the People’s Republic of China. Originally planned for October 2020 and postponed due to the COVID-19 pandemic, the GCA will now be held from 22–27 September 2021 in Shanghai, China. GCA +20 will be the fourth in a series of development-oriented conferences that have shaped global aquaculture: Kyoto (1976), Bangkok (2000) and Phuket (2010).

Under the theme “Aquaculture for food and sustainable development”, the GCA +20 aims to bring stakeholders from government, business, academia and civil society together to identify the policy and technology innovations, investment opportunities and fruitful areas of cooperation in aquaculture for food and sustainable development. A key output from the GCA +20 - The Shanghai Consensus - will highlight the principles and strategic pathways to maximize the contribution of sustainable aquaculture in achieving the Sustainable Development Goals and meeting the pledge of “Leaving no one behind”.

Registration: Interested participants are invited to complete the application form here:, and the GCA +20 Secretariat will inform registrants as to the status of their application in due course. The GCA +20 will be a hybrid conference; registration will allow attendance of conference in-person or virtually, with the indicated preference taken into account to the extent possible. The maximum number of in-person participants will have to be capped, in close consultation with the host and in-line with the latest advice from health authorities. The GCA+20 is open to all interested stakeholders, including from government, academia, private sector and civil society. Women and youth (35 years of age or younger) are particularly encouraged to apply.

Kindly note that registration is free.

Poster session: To encourage active participation especially of youth, students and early career researchers and aquaculturists, the GCA +20 will include a poster session and a youth poster competition. All registered persons are invited to submit a poster abstract via our website: Accepted posters will be displayed online

Youth scholarship award:. As part of our continued efforts to involve young people in future aquaculture development, ten (10) participants will be sponsored to attend the GCA +20 in person. For consideration, applicants will need to be 35 years old or younger, be a national of a developing country, be fully registered for the GCA +20, and have submitted a technically outstanding poster. The application deadline is 31 March, and selection of awardees is anticipated by the end of April. Kindly refer to the website for additional details.

*You are cordially invited and encouraged to share this announcement widely with your colleagues and through your networks, and in this regard brief flyers have been prepared which you may find useful (attached).

Kind regards,

RSN Secretariat

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