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A Happy New Year to all of our readers and best wishes for 2018.
I am writing this editorial from the offices of Perendale Publishers in Cheltenham, England, catching up with various commitments and projects. It has been a very busy time for me over 2017, and this New Year will be no exception for certain.
My role as an academic, and in external research and consultancy, requires good health and stamina for those increasing deadlines for writing reports. As well as meeting the needs for comprehensive information acquisition for peer reviewed papers, whether I am forwarding to journals or acting as a reviewer. My latter function allows me to have a privileged insight into novel areas of research in the best academic scientific journals, covering aquaculture nutrition and feed technology. It is here I can give advice towards improving manuscripts for subsequent publication, as well as unfortunately on occasion advising rejection (when data or the written manuscript does not conform to the highest standards expected).
One area to mention, is the duration of fish feeding trials where authors conduct the study for a period where the fish have grown by a small margin, and often less than double the initial biomass. Inferences are made regarding growth rates and feed conversions, where it is difficult to find strong statistical evidence to support claims.
The increasing number of investigations relating to feed additives and supplements seek to find significant benefits to growth and feed utilisation, but we need much more resolution and replication power in such experiments with small inclusion levels. It is quite difficult to find such gains and meeting economic merit for fish or shrimp production in intensive systems, under both laboratory or field conditions. The background variations and ‘noise’ dictate different approaches for such studies.
Also I am very wary of experimental protocols that offer ‘snapshot’ data, where investigators might measure selected gene expressions and/or the gut microbiome of aquatic organisms and extrapolate to a wider context. There is a fine balance between data presentation in papers and interpretation, and it has become almost standard practice to include advanced molecular ‘tools’ as a ‘bolt-on’ to fundamental nutritional studies. This is quite attractive when writing grants, but is open to criticism when the knowledge basis is scientifically weak in the discussion section.
Care and thought must be taken to whether conclusions from trials are meaningful and repeatable, or even necessary to meet the needs of the general aquaculture practitioner or feed producer?
In 2018 we will continue to publish our popular monthly magazine and the online editions. We engage with you on many platforms and also directly at trade shows, conferences and symposia. The magazine is a serious provider of advances in the aquafeed industry with regular news topics, interviews and speciality features on fish and shrimp nutrition and feed ingredients (both in science and technology) or developments in commodities sourcing, raw material markets, and trending news.
We continue to include our expert species topics as well as our popular photo-shoots. The advertising provides a basis for ‘who is in the know’ in sales and the current commercial profile of this rapidly growing and lucrative sector of the agri-business area.
I am sure that when I write the January 2019 editorial (my 10th year) as your editor I will be looking back to a very eventful year and one of optimism and positive outputs.
Please enjoy our first edition of this year and keep your articles flowing!

Professor Simon Davies

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International Aquafeed reflects a passion for aquafeed and excitement about new technology. Our objective is to be a respected provider of information about aquafeed in the widest sense.

Feed makes up around 70 percent of the cost of producing farmed fish. In each issue, we take an in-depth look at a wide range of technical issues associated with aquafeed production and use. We bring our readers global news about new technology and research, feed ingredients and micro-ingredients, market trends and all issues that impact on the aquafeed supply chain today and tomorrow.

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