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

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 After graduating from the University of Rhode Island, Raso studied aquaculture and fisheries technology. Lauren Daley,, 12 June 2022 From there, his passions steered him into sustainable aquaculture and oyster farming, which began as a side gig to his academic pursuits. New York Times, 10 June 2022 In addition, the group’s aquaculture specialist, Anoushka Concepcion, who helped establish the National Seaweed Hub in 2019, was named last year to the United Nations’ Safe Seaweed Coalition. Carol Leonetti Dannhauser, Hartford Courant, 27 May 2022 Instead, after marrying her second husband, Charles Black, an aquaculture engineer and oceanographer, and raising three children in the hills west of Palo Alto, Black carved out a new career in foreign affairs. Claudia Kalb, Smithsonian Magazine, 23 May 2022 That could have wide-reaching impacts, especially now that Habitat has built a roadmap to sustainably integrating commercial aquaculture and hydroponics. Amanda Siebert, Forbes, 27 May 2022 Lisa Carne has brought Vaughan down to Belize three times to lead trainings on coral restoration and aquaculture. Rowan Moore Gerety, Wired, 5 Apr. 2022 And that’s just aquaculture—one of more than a half-dozen markets under the blue economy umbrella. Daria Solovieva, Fortune, 27 Sep. 2021 Southeast Fisheries Technology Program that has been preparing students for jobs throughout the industry since 2009 with classes focusing on aquaculture and salmon enhancement and fisheries management. Anchorage Daily News, 6 Apr. 2021 See More

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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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“Aquaculture.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 5 Jul. 2022.

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