One thing is obvious as I scan through this issue of Aquaculture Magazine… we do not have exclusive insights into aquaculture here in North America. A lot is going on, in a lot of places throughout the globe. Production, policy and marketing are universal issues that test the resolve of our counterparts in other parts of the world just as much as they challenge us here at home. And while good work is going on in research, extension and promotion here in North America, our colleagues elsewhere are also coming up with novel approaches to solve common problems. As globalization advances, no-one can afford to lose touch with what is going on – either just down the road or on the other side of the planet. And overall, this is a good thing because it provides opportunities to learn from others in terms of shared concerns and unique experiences.
Speaking of novel approaches, I was fascinated by some of the research results you will find in this issue. Who would have imagined that oysters (which I used to find kind of boring, I am embarrassed to admit) might become powerful tools in combatting diseases in other aquatic species? Novel approaches are also evident in the arena of feedstuffs – where aquaculture already has significant advantages over traditional livestock in terms of efficiency and sustainability. Interactions between aquaculture species, production practices and the environment we operate in are often far more complex than we or our critics might want to consider (note the article on parasite control in salmon) but in terms of sustainability and conservation, aquaculture offers far more solutions than problems (as in the case of restoring threatened species such as alligator gar).
Reflecting on global issues and advances also serves as a reminder that there will always be competition, and highlights the need for maintaining and improving our competitive positions as producers, commodity groups, and as an entire industry. This, ultimately, is what Aquaculture Magazine strives for in each issue. Our columns this issue include updates and insight on topics including marine finfish, shellfish production, offshore aquaculture, shrimp culture, and genetics, with some interesting reports from Latin America and Europe. As always, feel free to contact us with questions, comments and suggestions at firstname.lastname@example.org – we enjoy hearing from you!
Dr. C. Greg Lutz has a B.A. in Biology and Spanish by the Earlham College at Richmond, Indiana, a M.S. in Fisheries and a Ph.D. in Wildlife and Fisheries Science by the Louisiana State University. His interests include recirculating system technology and population dynamics, quantitative genetics and multivariate analyses and the use of web based technology for result-demonstration methods.