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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Hydroponic farming is also increasing in Connecticut, and a new indoor aquaculture operation called Pierless Fish Corp. opened up in a former factory building in Waterbury last year. Gregory B. Hladky,, "Connecticut’s Farming Landscape Continues To Evolve," 25 June 2019 Aquarium releases, aquaculture and fishing boats can all unwittingly introduce invasive species to delicate coral environments. Isabelle Gerretsen, CNN, "Can the world's first land-based coral farm save our reefs?," 13 June 2019 Loss of mangrove protection from cyclones then worsens coastal deterioration. Mangroves aren’t only lost to aquaculture, or harvested for wood, however. Adam Moolna, Quartz India, "How mangroves could protect us from storms like Cyclone Fani," 7 June 2019 For example, Asian carp—a common term for a group of related species including bighead, silver, grass, and black carp—were brought to the southern U.S. to clean algae and vegetation from aquaculture ponds and sewage lagoons in the 1960s and '70s. Christina Nunez, National Geographic, "Invasive species, explained," 5 June 2019 From the 1970s to 1990s, about 35% of the world’s mangroves were lost due to urbanization, aquaculture, timber, and reductions of the freshwater flows that keep these swamps alive. Scott K. Johnson, Ars Technica, "More mangroves? Economies recover faster after tropical cyclones," 4 June 2019 Aidan Doust of Marshfield, a Quincy College student, has aced his final project for a course in aquaculture., "Tea by the sea, Korean peace medals, and $2,000 to fight hunger," 13 July 2018 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

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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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