fisherfolk

plural noun

fish·​er·​folk ˈfi-shər-ˌfōk How to pronounce fisherfolk (audio)
: people who fish especially for a living

Examples of fisherfolk in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web According to the fisherfolk group Pamalakaya, many Filipinos have lost their livelihood because of China’s growing aggressiveness in the South China Sea in the past 10 years. Mark Saludes, The Christian Science Monitor, 28 Apr. 2023 The sewage flowed out to Lake Michigan, where it was diluted and then pumped right back into people's homes and businesses. Jones Island, once home to a village of Kashubian fisherfolk, became home to the city’s sewage treatment plant in 1925. Caitlin Looby, Journal Sentinel, 11 Jan. 2024 The sewage flowed out to Lake Michigan where it was diluted and then pumped right back into peoples' homes and businesses. Jones Island, once home to a village of Kashubian fisherfolk, became home to the city’s sewage treatment plant in 1925. Caitlin Looby, Journal Sentinel, 4 Jan. 2024 Chinese hydropower dams on the Brahmaputra and Mekong Rivers threaten the livelihoods of farmers and fisherfolk in other countries downriver. Foreign Affairs, 6 Sep. 2022 For years, fishing in the South China Sea has been both dangerous and difficult for Filipinos due to the increasing number of Chinese vessels encroaching on the Philippines’ exclusive economic zone – but recent military drills off the country’s western coast are giving some fisherfolk hope. Mark Saludes, The Christian Science Monitor, 28 Apr. 2023 The problem with the Mid-Barataria project, however, is that commercial fisherfolk and recreational charter guides alike fear that an increase in fresh water to their local ecosystems would devastate their important piece of the state’s $4 billion fishing industry. Xander Peters, The Christian Science Monitor, 17 May 2021 Vanga fisherman Kassim Abdalla Zingizi added that most artisanal fisherfolk lack the skills, knowledge and financial support to compete with larger foreign vessels, mostly from Europe and Asia, which deploy satellite tracking technologies to trace the various tuna shoals all over the Indian Ocean. Wanjohi Kabukuru, ajc, 7 July 2022 Vanga fisherman Kassim Abdalla Zingizi added that most artisanal fisherfolk lack the skills, knowledge, and financial support to compete with larger foreign vessels, mostly from Europe and Asia, which deploy satellite tracking technologies to trace the various tuna shoals all over the Indian Ocean. Wanjohi Kabukuru, The Christian Science Monitor, 7 July 2022

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Word History

First Known Use

1822, in the meaning defined above

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The first known use of fisherfolk was in 1822

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“Fisherfolk.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/fisherfolk. Accessed 23 Apr. 2024.

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