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aquaculture

[ak-wuh-kuhl-cher, ah-kwuh-] /ˈæk wəˌkʌl tʃər, ˈɑ kwə-/
noun
1.
the cultivation of aquatic animals and plants, especially fish, shellfish, and seaweed, in natural or controlled marine or freshwater environments; underwater agriculture.
Also, aquiculture.
Origin
1865-1870
1865-70; aqua- + (agri)culture
Related forms
aquacultural, adjective
aquaculturist, noun
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Examples for aquaculture
  • Salmon enjoyed a brief rebound after buyouts of commercial fisheries and the introduction of aquaculture.
  • aquaculture is a high tech industry with a great future.
  • The condition of the oceans makes responsible aquaculture necessary.
  • As the vermiculture and aquaculture examples suggest, we're not talking about grandpa's idea of food production.
  • It's not even clear how this full-scale aquaculture was meant to work.
  • But it continues to pump up deep seawater for commercial aquaculture operations and coastal cooling.
  • It's aquaculture's answer to having your cake and eating it too.
  • The lake is used mainly for fishing and aquaculture, which includes a large blue crab operation.
  • Now, people say the same sort of things about aquaculture.
  • New species, strains and breeds are being used in aquaculture, and being created by it.
British Dictionary definitions for aquaculture

aquaculture

/ˈækwəˌkʌltʃə/
noun
1.
the cultivation of freshwater and marine resources, both plant and animal, for human consumption or use
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Word Origin and History for aquaculture
aquaculture
1887, from aqua- + culture.
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aquaculture in Science
aquaculture
  (āk'wə-kŭl'chər, ä'kwə-)   
  1. The science of cultivating marine or freshwater food fish, such as salmon and trout, or shellfish, such as oysters and clams, under controlled conditions.

  2. See hydroponics.


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