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 The dockside value of the commercial oyster harvest in the bay for Maryland was $8.6 million for the 2017-2018 season, according to the stock assessment, though additional economic value is added through aquaculture, processors and seafood dealers. Washington Post, "Chesapeake Bay oysters get more attention at pivotal time," 23 Dec. 2019 In South-east Asia, the trees have been uprooted mainly by aquaculture, but also by palm oil refineries, construction, and rice agriculture. Jessica Wapner, Quartz, "Vietnamese women are hit harder by climate change—but they’re starting to fight back," 1 Dec. 2019 The Washington Department of Fish and Wildlife (WDFW) last month proposed to issue a five-year aquaculture permit to Cooke for steelhead. Author: Evan Bush, Anchorage Daily News, "Cooke Aquaculture seeks to farm native steelhead in Puget Sound after 2017 Atlantic salmon escape," 1 Nov. 2019 Jim Winton, a senior scientist emeritus at the USGS Western Fisheries Research Center, said past movement of aquaculture fish worldwide has spread diseases. Author: Evan Bush, Anchorage Daily News, "Cooke Aquaculture seeks to farm native steelhead in Puget Sound after 2017 Atlantic salmon escape," 1 Nov. 2019 The first assault is on the Nile itself, which is turned to blood, thereby ruining both agriculture and aquaculture in one swoop, a profanation with religious consequences. Kevin D. Williamson, National Review, "This Pilgrim Republic," 28 Nov. 2019 If Nakajima and his colleagues are correct in arguing that a mixture of young fish and adults suggests farming, then Jiahu could be the earliest example of aquaculture in the world. Kiona N. Smith, Ars Technica, "Aquaculture may be the future of seafood, but its past is ancient," 17 Sep. 2019 As a result, the lagoon is the only one in the county used for aquaculture, boating and other commercial and recreational purposes. San Diego Union-Tribune, "Effort to preserve coastal smokestack gets cold shoulder from commission," 10 Sep. 2019 Once Europeans arrived in the area, clam aquaculture fell by the wayside. Eva Frederick, Science | AAAS, "People and clams have a more complex history than you might think," 14 Oct. 2019

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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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17 Jan 2020

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“Aquaculture.” The Dictionary, Merriam-Webster Inc., Accessed 27 January 2020.

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