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 More than $300 million in federal funding was allocated for fisheries and aquaculture, including more than $4.3 million for Hawaii businesses. From Usa Today Network And Wire Reports, USA TODAY, "Misinformation, gig economy, ‘Fair Tax’ defeat: News from around our 50 states," 5 Nov. 2020 The foundation also has the separate but related goal of adding 10 billion new oysters in the bay by 2025, through not just restoration but also aquaculture. Melody Schreiber, The New Republic, "Can Oysters Save Our Seas?," 6 Jan. 2021 But oyster farmers say the imbalance was intentional: It was meant to encourage aquaculture, thereby improving the health of the bay. Washington Post, "Debate swirls over proposed oyster harvest regulation," 22 Dec. 2020 By comparison, mandatory federal backing for ranchers and farmers (including aquaculture) is $15 million for this fiscal year, $17.5 million for FY21 and $25 million for FY23. Anchorage Daily News, "Homer company evolves into a ‘digital fishmonger’ with expanding subscription seafood service," 16 Dec. 2020 Successfully replacing fishmeal and fish oil with microalgae in salmonid feed would be a major advance toward more sustainable aquaculture. Pallab Sarker, The Conversation, "Taking fish out of fish feed can make aquaculture a more sustainable food source," 14 Dec. 2020 Sustainable aquaculture items unique to the region include Florida Royal Red shrimp (from about $40 for a pound) and spiny lobster tails (from about $50 for two 8-ounce tails). Eleanore Park, WSJ, "Online Seafood Buying Guide: Where the Chefs Shop," 10 Dec. 2020 The new facility will use recirculation aquaculture system technology, or RAS, to rear fish in circular tanks. Paul A. Smith, Milwaukee Journal Sentinel, "Kettle Moraine Springs hatchery renovation slated for 2021 start-up," 22 Nov. 2020 Disease is often the biggest worry and expense for aquaculture operations. Erik Stokstad, Science | AAAS, "New genetic tools will deliver improved farmed fish, oysters, and shrimp. Here’s what to expect," 19 Nov. 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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27 Jan 2021

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“Aquaculture.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 27 Feb. 2021.

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