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

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SriRaj Kantamneni, a managing director at Cargill, says the company also plans to use facial-recognition technology on species including hogs, poultry and in aquaculture. Jesse Newman, WSJ, "Six Technologies That Could Shake the Food World," 2 Oct. 2018 These can last for weeks or months, killing off kelp forests and corals, and producing other significant impacts on marine ecosystems, fishing and aquaculture industries. Smithsonian, "Ocean Heatwaves Are Getting Longer and More Intense," 2 June 2018 Under pressure against these practices, the seafood industry has begun to shift toward aquaculture: fish factory farms. Matthew Prescott, Fortune, "Commentary: That Shark Drag Video Is Horrifying. But It Happens Every Day.," 19 Jan. 2018 The firm focuses on promoting sustainability in aquaculture as a means of addressing global food security, taking pressure off the oceans, and creating positive social and environmental impact. New York Times, "Rachel Mehlsak, Scott Bender," 24 June 2018 It was imported for aquaculture but escaped from its pools during a flood. Tristan Baurick,, "Controversial plan to farm Russian sturgeon in Louisiana moves ahead," 7 Apr. 2018 Wild baby eels, also known as glass eels or elvers, acquired to seed giant aquaculture farms in China and elsewhere were becoming scarce—putting supplies of unagi, eel grilled with soy sauce and served at sushi joints around the world, in danger. National Geographic, "19 Eel Smugglers Sentenced, But Lucrative Trade Persists," 27 June 2018 In addition to maintaining an aquaculture system and growing fruit trees, grapes, tea and other crops, the Hood River students have a perennial challenge from their teacher Michael Becker: to grow tomatoes year-round. Chris Berdik, WIRED, "Solar Panels Power New Schools—and New Ways of Learning," 6 June 2018 Cooke, based in New Brunswick, Canada, is one of the largest aquaculture companies in the world, with operations in six countries and about 6,000 employees. Lynda V. Mapes, The Seattle Times, "Restocking Atlantic salmon pens blocked by court," 13 Apr. 2018

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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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