what is the difference between mariculture and aquaculture?

Asked by jishnu1994 | 3rd Mar, 2009, 06:22: AM

Expert Answer:

Aquaculture is the farming of freshwater and saltwater organisms including molluscs, crustaceans and aquatic plants. It pertains to production of useful aquatic plants and animals by proper utilisation of available waters in the country. Unlike fishing, aquaculture, also known as aquafarming, implies the cultivation of aquatic populations under controlled conditions. Mariculture refers to aquaculture practiced in marine environments. Particular kinds of aquaculture include algaculture (the production of kelp/seaweed and other algae), fish farming, shrimp farming, oyster farming, and the growing of cultured pearls. Particular methods include aquaponics, which integrates fish farming and plant farming. (Aquaculture includes mariculture and freshwater culture fisheries)


Mariculture is a specialized branch of aquaculture involving the cultivation of marine organisms for food and other products in the open ocean, an enclosed section of the ocean, or in tanks, ponds or raceways which are filled with seawater. An example of the latter is the farming of marine fish, including finfish and shellfish e.g.prawns, or oysters and seaweed in saltwater ponds. Non-food products produced by mariculture include: fish meal, nutrient agar, jewelries (e.g. cultured pearls), and cosmetics.

Answered by  | 3rd Mar, 2009, 10:19: AM

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