To keep up with publication trends, Finfish News and Shellfish News are being refreshed. They will now be published on this blog, where each item will be a standalone post. To browse posts use the Finfish and Shellfish News categories.
These can also be viewed as yearly editions eg Finfish News 2015. There are many advantages to this new format, which include:
- more timely updates
- easier to find items of interest
- web-links to linked articles
- easier to find through search engines
A long history of changes
These publications have a long history. Trout News, the predecessor to Finfish News, was first published in February 1987 to provide information on legislation and government policy (particularly about diseases), disseminate research findings, and feedback to the industry on its status. And in 1996, the sister publication Shellfish News was introduced to provide similar information on and to the bivalve farming industry.
Both publications have already gone through a continual series of changes reflecting developments within the industry, in printing and publication, and in Government funding. For example:
- over the period 1987 to 2011, the print quality, layout, format and cover design of printed copies were improved several times
- in 2006 the name Trout News was changed to Finfish News to reflect diversification of the English and Welsh finfish farming industry
- in 2011 distribution of printed copies stopped. Both publications were produced as PDFs to align with government services going digital and spending controls
- in 2012 the layout was updated to aid on-line viewing and navigation
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Cefas is committed to maintaining Finfish News and Shellfish News, despite the challenge of austerity. We always welcome articles from the aquaculture industry and from researchers, so please get in touch.
Thank you for reading Finfish News and Shellfish News.
David Smith, Tim Ellis, and Michael Gubbins