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New Additions!
2019 Edition Volume 50
May 1969 No. 2
2nd Shark Supplement (2018)
2018 Edition Volume 49

All Elasmobranch articles from Drum and Croaker 1958-2004, plus additional Elasmobranch Husbandry Symposium papers that do not appear in the Elasmobranch Husbandry Manual.

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Pete Mohan, Editor

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Drum and Croaker logoDrum and Croaker is a non-peer-reviewed journal that has acted as an "informal organ" for public aquarium professionals since 1958. It has a long history of providing a forum for the exchange of basic information - and occasionally humor. It was conceived in the back seat of a car in 1957, and has remained erratic and irregular throughout most of it's life, characteristics it shares with a colleague or two. The original name, "Grunt and Crappie" was rejected for scatological reasons...but it was perhaps no surprise that the the first call for papers then heralded the periodical as "an irresponsible journal...by undedicated aquarists". More on the early history of Drum and Croaker can be found in contributions by Bill Hagan [70(1):3] and Rick Segedi [77(2):17-18].

Drum and Croaker is currently published annually, but prior to 1985 was published on an erratic schedule of zero to four issues per year, depending on the whims of the editor or apathy of the contributors. In the mid 1980's the journal dropped out of sight altogether for almost five years, apparently due to a general lack of interest at a variety of levels. John Kuhns, the editor of the Journal of Aquariculture and Aquatic Sciences, rescued a few lost contributions in 1989 and with these again began to issue Drum and Croaker on a regular basis. In 1992, John graciously agreed to pass responsibility back to the public aquarium community through members of the Regional Aquatics Workshop (RAW). Pete Mohan has been the editor since that date.

May 1969 cover by Craig Phillips
Artwork by Craig Phillips
from the May 1969 cover

Drum and Croaker has been published in an electronic format since 2000. Initially distributed as pdf attachments to email, these files found a permanent home on the Columbus Zoo and Aquarium's web site in November of 2001. Mike Brittsan (Director of Aquatic Services) and Greg Bell (Executive VP/CFO) are the institutional supporters that have made the site possible, while Kevin Bonifas (Director of Technology Services) built the pages. Many of the back issues now available on the site are also made possible, in part, by a 1999 Columbus Zoo and Aquarium grant that allowed Pete to purchase a scanner and Optical Character Recognition (OCR) software that he used to restore the original text and images until 2010. Doug Warmolts (VP of Animal Care) was an important advocate for this archiving project. Its ultimate goal is to render all of the old paper issues of Drum and Croaker as pdf files, making them once again widely available to the public aquarium community as technical and historical references.