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)

Example Sentences

Recent Examples on the Web 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 The cash infusion could also help the Alaska mariculture industry create 1,800 jobs to support the growing sector in the next two decades, according to the statement. Riley Rogerson, Anchorage Daily News, 7 Sep. 2022 The trail taps into existing tourism trends (think wine and ale trails and small-farm tourism) while also contributing to a nationwide surge in mariculture tourism. Emily Cataneo, Smithsonian Magazine, 12 Aug. 2022 By 2050 that amount is expected to increase to between 80 and 103 million metric tonnes, mostly through increases in mariculture. Steven Savage, Forbes, 9 Aug. 2022 The state also has added two positions to the Dept. of Natural Resources to review new mariculture lease applications to reduce the backlog. Anchorage Daily News, 9 Aug. 2021 Decker clarified that Alaska mariculture encompasses farming of shellfish and aquatic plants and also includes enhancement and restoration projects. Anchorage Daily News, 15 June 2021 The ultimate goal of the AMA is to facilitate a $100 million mariculture industry by 2038 and many believe that’s very conservative due to increasing demand, especially for seaweeds. Anchorage Daily News, 9 Aug. 2021 See More

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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

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“Mariculture.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 1 Jun. 2023.

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