mari·​cul·​ture ˈmer-ə-ˌkəl-chər How to pronounce mariculture (audio)
: the cultivation of marine organisms in their natural environment
ˌmer-ə-ˈkəl-chə-rist How to pronounce mariculture (audio)

Examples of mariculture in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web The act of raising sea plants and bivalves — known as mariculture — is accelerating across the globe. Juliet Eilperin, Anchorage Daily News, 31 July 2023 Alaska’s current mariculture permitting program provides no preferences for Alaska Natives or state residents. Juliet Eilperin, Anchorage Daily News, 31 July 2023 That would require finding a market and testing mariculture methods in St. Paul’s waters. WIRED, 15 July 2023 City leaders were also exploring mariculture—raising seaweed, sea cucumbers, and sea urchins. WIRED, 15 July 2023 City leaders were also exploring mariculture — raising seaweed, sea cucumbers, and sea urchins. Julia O'Malley, Anchorage Daily News, 9 July 2023 The Marine Biological Laboratory’s cephalopod mariculture team declared success in breeding the pygmy zebra octopus as a new lab animal. Matthew Gavin Frank, Harper's Magazine, 21 Mar. 2022 Sustainable Mariculture: As mentioned above, TNC is shaping a productive seaweed mariculture industry in Belize aimed at reducing fishing pressure and restoring ecological balance by providing economic alternatives and nursery habitat for fish and invertebrates. Bill Frist, Forbes, 9 June 2022 The task force’s 2018 development plan aimed to grow Alaska mariculture to a $100 million industry in 20 years. Riley Rogerson, Anchorage Daily News, 7 Sep. 2022

These examples are programmatically compiled from various online sources to illustrate current usage of the word 'mariculture.' Any opinions expressed in the examples do not represent those of Merriam-Webster or its editors. Send us feedback about these examples.

Word History


Latin mare sea + English -culture (as in agriculture)

First Known Use

circa 1909, in the meaning defined above

Time Traveler
The first known use of mariculture was circa 1909

Dictionary Entries Near mariculture

Cite this Entry

“Mariculture.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 19 Jul. 2024.

More from Merriam-Webster on mariculture

Love words? Need even more definitions?

Subscribe to America's largest dictionary and get thousands more definitions and advanced search—ad free!