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Aquaculture is the farming of aquatic plants and animals, including fish, shellfish and seaweed, in any aquatic environment including rivers, lakes or seawater. Mariculture referring specifically to the farming of aquatic organisms whose habitat is the sea.
Aquaculture and mariculture have become more common in recent years. This is due to an increasing demand for fish products globally. The West Cork coast has not escaped this worldwide trend.
Read our aquaculture literature review to learn more about the impact of aquaculture on our coastlines.
Take a look at our section on West Cork aquaculture, its traditions and it how it has developed over time. Find out how aquaculture is impacting local communities today.