aqua·​cul·​ture | \ ˈä-kwə-ˌkəl-chər How to pronounce aquaculture (audio) , ˈa- \
variants: or less commonly aquiculture

Definition of aquaculture

: the cultivation of aquatic organisms (such as fish or shellfish) especially for food

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Other Words from aquaculture

aquacultural \ ˌä-​kwə-​ˈkəl-​ch(ə-​)rəl How to pronounce aquaculture (audio) , ˌa-​ \ adjective
aquaculture transitive verb
aquaculturist \ ˌä-​kwə-​ˈkəl-​ch(ə-​)rist How to pronounce aquaculture (audio) , ˌa-​ \ noun

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For most of the modern history of aquaculture, only costly fish and shellfish like salmon and shrimp were harvested. But new technologies are allowing cheaper and more efficient cultivation of fish for food, and such common fish as cod are now being farmed. Seaweeds and other algae are also being grown--for food (mostly in Asia), cattle feed, fertilizer, and experimentally as a source of energy. Aquaculture is now the world's fastest-growing form of food production.

Examples of aquaculture in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web At the time, aquaculture was just taking off in the country, which now has 4 million household ponds raising fish. David Pitt, Star Tribune, "World Food Prize goes to nutrition expert for fish research," 11 May 2021 Application of RNAi technology in aquaculture, animal health and pest control, like RNAissance Ag (a TechAccel subsidiary). Michael Helmstetter, Forbes, "Don’t Ever Short Human Ingenuity: Part 1," 6 May 2021 Since aquaculture is held out as a more enlightened and sustainable alternative to industrial fishing, Tabrizi also tours a fish farm in Scotland. Matthew Scully, National Review, "Into the Deep with Seaspiracy," 28 Apr. 2021 For China, the industry feeds a rapidly growing middle class and creates tens of millions of jobs in fishing, aquaculture and seafood processing. Chuin-wei Yap, WSJ, "China’s Fishing Fleet, the World’s Largest, Drives Beijing’s Global Ambitions," 21 Apr. 2021 The type of aquaculture shown in the film, with salmon infested with parasites and creating massive amounts of waste in the surrounding marine environment, isn’t true of every fish farm. Soleil Ho, San Francisco Chronicle, "Is sustainable fish a scam, like Netflix documentary 'Seaspiracy' suggests?," 5 Apr. 2021 On Thursday, The New York Times published an article about a new paper that found that farmed fish were being fed a more vegetarian diet, lessening the environmental harm of aquaculture. New York Times, "Editors’ Note: March 26, 2021," 25 Mar. 2021 According to Jennifer Bushman, a strategic development consultant focused on sustainable aquaculture, there’s plenty of room for optimism here. Soleil Ho, San Francisco Chronicle, "Is sustainable fish a scam, like Netflix documentary 'Seaspiracy' suggests?," 5 Apr. 2021 The aquaculture semester adds in more direct training on the water. Anchorage Daily News, "Masking requirement on commercial fishing boats draws ire of Alaska senators and state officials," 6 Apr. 2021

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First Known Use of aquaculture

1864, in the meaning defined above

History and Etymology for aquaculture

Latin aqua + English -culture (as in agriculture)

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The first known use of aquaculture was in 1864

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15 May 2021

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“Aquaculture.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 15 May. 2021.

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