fish·​ery | \ ˈfi-shə-rē How to pronounce fishery (audio) \
plural fisheries

Definition of fishery

1 : the occupation, industry, or season of taking fish or other sea animals (such as sponges, shrimp, or seals) : fishing
2 : a place for catching fish or taking other sea animals
3 : a fishing establishment also : its fishermen
4 : the legal right to take fish at a particular place or in particular waters
5 : the technology of fishery usually used in plural

Examples of fishery in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web Ironically, in overabundance, this algae imperils the fishery. Tony Briscoe,, "In the Great Lakes’ most productive fishing grounds, algae-fueled dead zones are eroding livelihoods," 14 Nov. 2019 Those who depend on its inland fisheries say their catches have declined precipitously. Hannah Beech, New York Times, "China Limited the Mekong’s Flow. Other Countries Suffered a Drought.," 13 Apr. 2020 The study said Iran’s average annual catch of 214,262 tons of tuna–the greatest haul across the Indian Ocean gill-net fisheries–was likely catching 30,302 cetaceans a year. Graham Readfearn, Wired, "Dolphins Are Still Accidental Casualties of Tuna Fishing," 7 Mar. 2020 Global fisheries are in decline as ocean temps rise due to climate change. Jennifer Hayes, National Geographic, "Are you one of our 132 million Instagram followers?," 6 Mar. 2020 In some jurisdictions and fisheries, these government entities mandate the use of some types of tackle and gear or disallow certain activities. Popular Science, "Releasing a caught fish isn’t as simple as tossing it overboard," 11 Feb. 2020 Something like increasing ocean temperatures or plastics in the ocean can do significant damage to a wild fishery, leaving fewer fish to sell to restaurants or markets. Jenny Splitter / Photography Kelsey Mcclellan, Popular Mechanics, "Please Don't Call This Cultured Nugget "Lab Meat"," 20 Dec. 2019 Passive fishing gear such as trotlines, juglines, throwlines and minnow and perch traps, wreak havoc on fisheries when left unattended. Matt Wyatt, Houston Chronicle, "Texas Parks and Wildlife Commission approves regulations for passive fishing gear," 7 Nov. 2019 The Bristol Bay fishery typically opens in June and harvests more sockeye salmon than anywhere else globally. USA TODAY, "‘Covidiots,’ small victories, a tracking app: News from around our 50 states," 9 Apr. 2020

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First Known Use of fishery

1528, in the meaning defined at sense 1

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17 May 2020

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“Fishery.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 29 May. 2020.

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English Language Learners Definition of fishery

: a part of the ocean where fish and other sea creatures are caught
: a business that catches and sells fish


fish·​ery | \ ˈfi-shə-rē How to pronounce fishery (audio) \
plural fisheries

Kids Definition of fishery

1 : the business of catching, processing, and selling fish
2 : a place for catching fish saltwater fisheries

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