The Resonsible Seafood Summit is being held at the Fairmont Hotel, St Andrews.

Seafood Alliance tees up for St Andrews summit

Bookings now being taken for conference in golfing mecca


Registration is now open for the Responsible Seafood Summit (formerly the GOAL conference) which is being held in Scotland for the first time in its 22-year history.

The summit, organised by the Global Seafood Alliance (GSA), will be held at the Fairmont St Andrews on Scotland’s east coast from October 21 to 24, 2024, and is co-hosted by Seafood Scotland, the trade and marketing body for Scotland’s seafood sector.

The GSA said the conference provides a pre-competitive platform for knowledge sharing and idea exchange among the world’s seafood thought leaders and is the largest international seafood business conference of its kind, featuring networking opportunities, field trips and a forward-thinking programme.

Earlier registration

This year there will also be an opening reception, cocktail hour to celebrate finalists of the GSA’s Innovation Award, and a reception and dinner at the Old Course Hotel in St Andrews. GSA will also host a golf tournament on Day 3.

“This is the first time the summit will be held in Scotland or the United Kingdom,” said GSA marketing and communications chief Devan Meserve in an article on the GSA website.

“We are thrilled to have Seafood Scotland as our co-host for the 2024 event and we are working closely with their team to ensure a memorable experience for all attendees making the trip to St Andrews. We anticipate great interest, and because of this we’ve decided to open registration earlier than usual.”

The interior of the Fairmont Hotel, which will host the Responsible Seafood Summit in October.

Seafood Scotland chief executive Donna Fordyce said: “Scotland is one of the world’s most trusted seafood producing countries, providing a range of up to 60 species of seafood and exporting to over 120 countries worldwide.

“This is due to our investment in quality, innovation and sustainability across the sector resulting in premium quality seafood we’re extremely proud of. We look forward to welcoming the international seafood industry to St Andrews in October where we will make sure our guests have an opportunity to experience this for themselves.”

Registration for the summit can be made here.

The US-headquartered GSA, formerly the Global Aquaculture Alliance, is an international nongovernmental organisation dedicated to advancing responsible seafood practices through education, advocacy and third-party assurances. It has more than 8,000 members and runs the Best Aquaculture Practices (BAP) certification scheme, which has more than 3,000 certified sites.