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 aquacultural (audio) , ˌa-​ \ adjective
aquaculture transitive verb
aquaculturist \ ˌä-​kwə-​ˈkəl-​ch(ə-​)rist How to pronounce aquaculturist (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 Van Oppen envisions large aquaculture facilities in which corals are bathed in the lab algae, and then used to re-seed reefs that have been devastated by heat waves. Ula Chrobak, Popular Science, "Lab-grown algae might help save corals from climate change," 15 May 2020 Likewise, a monkey wrench got tossed into some hatchery production schedules while bringing a host of unexpected challenges to scientists during one of aquaculture’s busiest seasons. Matt Williams, Dallas News, "Not a typical spring season," 9 May 2020 The World Wildlife Federation has stated that aquaculture could be a sustainable means of raising seafood, if regulations are in place to keep environmental destruction in check and diversify the type of products raised. Alicia Kennedy, The New Republic, "The Problem With Shrimp," 13 Apr. 2020 In Malaysia, fireflies are diminishing because mangroves are being cut down to make way for palm oil plantations and aquaculture farms. Doyle Rice, USA TODAY, "Fireflies face extinction from habitat loss, artificial light and pesticides, study says," 4 Feb. 2020 To help clam populations, some conservationists advocate for more aquaculture management, and many Indigenous communities in the Pacific Northwest are restoring the traditional clam gardens. Eva Frederick, Science | AAAS, "People and clams have a more complex history than you might think," 14 Oct. 2019 Draining mangrove swamps to make way for aquaculture is even more harmful to the atmosphere than felling rainforest to provide pasture for cattle. The Economist, "Brain v prawn How artificial shrimps could change the world," 6 Feb. 2020 The baby eels are used as seed stock by Asian aquaculture companies and can fetch more than $2,000 per pound at the docks. USA TODAY, "Distancing failures, equipment roadblocks, testing limits: News from around our 50 states," 23 Mar. 2020 Tilapia is the second most popular fish in aquaculture, after carp, with farmers in more than 120 countries now harvesting about 6 million tons per year. Erik Stokstad, Science | AAAS, "An emerging virus is killing farmed fish, but breeders can help them fight back," 4 Mar. 2020

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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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22 May 2020

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“Aquaculture.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 26 May. 2020.

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