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 The aquaculture semester adds in more direct training on the water. Anchorage Daily News, "Masking requirement on commercial fishing boats draws ire of Alaska senators and state officials," 6 Apr. 2021 Other valuable fisheries included menhaden, a fish which is used as bait for lobster, and oysters, which are grown by aquaculture businesses. From Usa Today Network And Wire Reports, USA TODAY, "Nursing home isolation, Oahu weddings, eligibility rolls: News from around our 50 states," 29 Mar. 2021 Other projects include Earth Ocean Farms, an open-ocean aquaculture farm that places innovative submersible cages two miles offshore, and is the first venture to successfully breed Pacific red snapper. Jason H. Harper, Robb Report, "This Mountain-Biking Mecca in Mexico Offers an Isolated Escape Into Nature," 14 Mar. 2021 The fastest-growing segment of global food production, the aquaculture industry is worth a hundred and sixty billion dollars and accounts for roughly half of the world’s fish consumption. Ian Urbina, The New Yorker, "Fish Farming Is Feeding the Globe. What’s the Cost for Locals?," 1 Mar. 2021 As part of that effort, Mr. Gackle logged onto a Zoom call at 10 p.m. one night last month to answer questions about his farm from poultry and aquaculture firms in countries including Vietnam and Indonesia. Jesse Newman, WSJ, "For U.S. Farmers, China Is Back and Bigger Than Ever," 10 Mar. 2021 In turn, that could have applications for human medicine, or aquaculture. Brian Amaral,, "Making a push for a Rhode Island state coral," 5 Mar. 2021 Roughly $13 million will go to sport and charter guides, and about $500,000 will go to aquaculture businesses. From Usa Today Network And Wire Reports, USA TODAY, "Stadium supper, dance zones, rethinking oysters: News from around our 50 states," 2 Mar. 2021 Roberson and colleagues recently considered the pros and cons of various species as candidates for off-world aquaculture. Chris Baraniuk, Smithsonian Magazine, "Could Astronauts Rear Fish on the Moon?," 24 Feb. 2021

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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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9 Apr 2021

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“Aquaculture.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 12 Apr. 2021.

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