So, here you are, reading the introductory issue of the “new” Aquaculture Magazine. Some of us are seeing this industry publication for the first time, but many others have fond memories of its prior history and are anxious to welcome it back. Speaking for all of our columnists and editorial staff, we certainly hope we can exceed your expectations. And, I am confident we will. The group of columnists we have been fortunate enough to assemble is truly stellar, and I consider it a real honor to be working with each of them. Similarly, our editorial and advertising staffs are no rookies to this field of endeavor. They have an impressive history serving the aquaculture industry and its suppliers throughout the Americas for many years, through the bilingual industry publication Panorama Acuicola. You may have seen it before, and if so, you’ll understand where the inspiration came from for the wonderful content and layout of the new Aquaculture Magazine.
In its prior incarnation, Aquaculture Magazine had a long history of providing information to the industry. On my desk I have a copy of the November/December 1979 issue (Volume 6, Number 1). The reason I mention this particular issue is because it represented the adoption of the name “Aquaculture Magazine” and the format known to so many people in the industry for the next 30 years. Prior to that time, the magazine was known as “The Commercial Fish Farmer & Aquaculture News,” which in turn was a consolidation of the pioneering industry publications “Fish Farming Industries,” “The Catfish Farmer” and “American Fish Farmer & World Aquaculture News.” The latter should not be confused with any publication related to the World Aquaculture Society, which at that time was still known as the World Mariculture Society. Yes, November 1979 was a long time back in terms of commercial aquaculture… there is an advertisement on page 43 of the issue touting soybeans as “a new source of protein for fish.”
As the saying goes, it’s okay to look back at the past - just don’t stare. With the re-launch of Aquaculture Magazine, we are here to address the reality of aquaculture production in 2014 and for the decade ahead. We will try to distinguish ourselves by focusing, in a variety of important disciplines, on practical issues and information that producers and others (especially many in academia) will find of interest. Our goal is not to compete with any other publications, but rather to complement the information sources currently available to our readers. The shared vision of all of us – columnists, contributors and editorial staff, is to engage you in such a way that you feel you are deriving value from our publication. After reading an article we hope your response will range from “I need to try that” to “now I understand how that works” to “that approach could save me a lot of time and money!”
All of us welcome your questions, comments and suggestions. Ideas for column topics and feature articles are always welcome. We want you to feel like this is your magazine, because after all, you’re who we write and publish it for. Feel free to contact me at firstname.lastname@example.org any time. We’ll do our best to respond to your input.