AquacultureWhat is Aquaculture?

Here's a definition from the Food and Agriculture Organization (FAO) of the United Nations' Code of Conduct for Responsible Fisheries:

It is the farming of aquatic organisms including fish, mollusks, crustaceans and aquatic plants. Farming implies some sort of intervention in the rearing process to enhance production, such as regular stocking, feeding, protection from predators, etc.

Aquaculture, like agriculture, is a delicate balance of many elements. An aquaculture system has the following interrelated factors:  Living organisms, the fish, need the proper temperature and oxygen for their particular species. Certain species need a large amount of water and current, while others need only a limited space. Species require nutrition for healthy growth, which may be plant material, other living organisms, or a mixture of both. The management of an aquaculture system maintains the balance of these elements by calculating and implementing feeding, stocking, testing, water quality, and harvesting.