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The International Journal of Aquatic Research and Education (IJARE) is dedicated to advancing the knowledge and practices of human aquatic professionals worldwide.

This peer-reviewed quarterly scholarly journal publishes significant non-competitive evidence-based human aquatic research findings, articulates unique and innovative ideas in aquatics, challenges current practices and proposed changes, and disseminates information about the latest and best use of aquatic equipment, facilities, and practices.

Current Issue: Volume 10, Number 2 (June 2017)

Catching up - moving forward

Welcome to this second issue of Volume 10 of the International Journal of Aquatic Research and Education.

Please accept my sincere thanks to all authors who have been waiting so patiently as the editor (mainly) plus editorial board and reviewers have been scrambling to clear the extensive backlog of submitted manuscripts. We promise to keep "catching up and moving forward."

I am certain that authors and readers will be as amazed as I am to discover that we have had over 14,000 views and downloads of our first 10 volumes! As the BGSU librarians and bepress staff predicted, moving to an open access electronic version of our journal has reaped incredible benefits for our authors with increased readership and citations and easy access by our world-wide readers. Simply unbelievable and very rewarding for all involved. Thank you one and all.

This second issue of Volume 10 of IJARE leads off very appropriately with Kevin Moran's latest research study, "Rock-based Fisher Safety Promotion: 10 Years On." Imagine collecting data from a transient population for over 10 years and being rewarded with a steady decline in drownings among New Zealand's west coach rock-based fishers as a result of promoting safer practices, most importantly the wearing of lifejackets while surf fishing off rocks along NZ's dangerous, rocky west coast of the North Island!! This is an exemplar study and deserves wide dissemination and readership.

Additional research and educational articles will be appearing shortly in this second issue. Stay tuned!

Happy reading.

Steve Langendorfer

Editor

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