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The Global Aquaculture Alliance recognizes that many advertisers, members, sponsors and stakeholders are noted experts in their fields, and therefore invite submissions of pertinent articles for the Global Aquaculture Advocate.

The Advocate’s audience includes commercial aquaculturists, suppliers to the industry, buyers and retailers. The objectives of the magazine are to describe technological advances in sustainable aquaculture, communicate marketplace issues and report information about Best Aquaculture Practices certification and other important aquaculture developments.

Submission Guidelines

Send materials (digital format preferred) to:

Hard-copy materials may also be sent to the GAA office:


Articles in the Advocate are typically 800 to 1,800 words long. Photographs and line art are greatly encouraged in all articles to improve readability and interest. The Advocate reserves the right to accept or reject submitted articles and edit for style, content and length.

Because of the Advocate’s wide audience in 70 countries, its articles must appeal to a diverse readership with varied interests. The Advocate currently includes content in the major topic areas of Production, Innovation, Marketplace and Advocacy.

The Advocate often receives more articles than can be included in the issue for which they were originally requested. Articles are reviewed, evaluated and kept on file for use in subsequent issues if they are pertinent to the development of responsible aquaculture. Prospective authors should recognize that several months may pass before submitted articles are published.

Style, Content

Articles should aim to present information to people involved in aquaculture and the general public. Articles must be written in English, and the vocabulary used should be understandable to readers of other trade publications, avoiding specialist jargon and promotional information.

All articles must clearly address the five W’s — who, what, when, where, why (and how) — of informational writing. Since the Global Aquaculture Advocate is not a journal and often includes content written by third parties, this basic information cannot be inferred. Submissions should also adhere to the following:

Photographs, Line Art

The Advocate highly encourages the submission of photographs and illustrations that graphically support and reinforce the text of articles. Two to three photographs per article are desirable, but more can be submitted if desired. Editorial discretion may limit the number of photographs included with published articles.

Digital source material is always preferred. Photographs can also be submitted as prints, transparencies or 35-mm slides, but must be individually identified. If scanned, photographs should be captured at 300 dpi or similar “high” resolution. Please provide suggested captions or otherwise generally note the content for each image.

Diagrams, graphs and other art must be of adequate quality for publication. Figures should ideally be submitted separately as high-resolution (300-dpi) JPEG or TIFF files. All figures should be cited in the text of the article and include a caption.

If illustrative content is supplied by sources other than the article authors, article submissions must include a written statement of copyright release, signed by the photographer(s) or source of figure art, giving the Global Aquaculture Alliance permission to publish the material in the Global Aquaculture Advocate. Photos and figures may also appear on the GAA website.


Use of small and concise tables that complement the text is encouraged. Tables may be inserted in the submitted text at the approximate location where they should appear.


Due to space considerations, the Advocate limits author credits to eight names and affiliations. If additional names are included in article drafts, they will be removed in the editing process.


Since the Advocate is enjoyed by both technical and non-technical readers, the use of technical references is not encouraged. Important information sources can instead be cited in simple journalistic terms.

For example:
In 2008, John Doe reported in Feed Management in Offshore Marine Fish Culture that …

Instead of:
Doe, J. A. 2008. Feed management in offshore marine fish culture. John Wiley and Sons, New York, NY, USA.