Recognizing the importance of communication between fish health workers in the region, the first EXCOMM set high priority on establishing a newsletter as a means of sharing information. FHS Newsletter Vol. 1, No. 1, appeared in 1990, under the leadership of Dr. Mhd. Shariff (Chief Editor).

During his term as Chief Editor (1990-1993), Dr. Shariff was assisted by Hassan Mohd Daud, Rohana Subasinghe and Ian G. Anderson (Co-editors), based at the Universiti Pertanian Malaysia.

In 1996, after a three year hiatus in which no issues appeared, editorship was passed to Dr. C.V. Mohan (Chief Editor), assisted by Dr. K.M. Shankar (Co-editor), of the Department of Aquaculture, College of Fisheries, Mangalore, India.

In 1999, editorship was assumed by Dr. Celia Lavilla-Pitogo, with financial and logistical support provided by the SEAFDEC-AQD, Tigbauan, Iloilo, Philippines. The last printed version was released in 2002.

Beginning 2003, an electronic newsletter was started by Dr Melba G. Bondad-Reantaso, the EXCOMM Chairperson (2002-2005). Two issues were released in 2003 (September and November-December), 4 issues released in 2005, none in 2005 as we got immersed in preparation for DAA VI, and a rehashed issue recently released in August 2006.


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