Global Aquaculture Advocate Shifts to Open-Access, Removes Log-In Process
The Global Aquaculture Alliance’s online magazine, the Global Aquaculture Advocate, is now an open-access journal. The decision to remove the log-in process for readers to view articles is intended to grow the publication’s audience and make the content more shareable via social media.
Established in 1998 as a glossy print magazine from the organization’s then-headquarters of St. Louis, Mo., USA, the Advocate featured in-depth articles about aquaculture production, animal health and welfare, feed sustainability and leadership. When the publication shifted online in late 2015, the Advocate added feature-news journalism to shine new light on some of the more technical aspects of aquaculture production. The newer content focuses on innovation, investment and the global seafood marketplace, among other topics.
The hundreds of authors featured in its pages over the past two decades — many of whom still contribute today — are some of the most well-known thought leaders in aquaculture around the world. The Advocate remains a go-to industry resource for information on aquatic animal diseases, species-specific nutritional needs and how aquaculture operations address environmental and social responsibility concerns.
“All publications go through changes over time, and ours is no different. What won’t change is the Advocate’s mission, which is to document the evolution of one of the world’s fastest growing industries, one that we believe is the leading solution to food security on this planet,” said James Wright, editorial manager at GAA and the editor of the Advocate. “I’d like to thank all of our contributors through the years for helping us build the Advocate into a valuable resource for aquaculture. I’m excited to know that their work is more readily accessible to the public.”
The Advocate is published by the Global Aquaculture Alliance, headquartered in Portsmouth, N.H., USA. GAA is an international, nonprofit trade association dedicated to advancing environmentally and socially responsible aquaculture. Through the development of its Best Aquaculture Practices certification standards, GAA has become the leading standards-setting organization for aquaculture seafood.