fish·​ery ˈfi-shə-rē How to pronounce fishery (audio)
plural fisheries
: the occupation, industry, or season of taking fish or other sea animals (such as sponges, shrimp, or seals) : fishing
: a place for catching fish or taking other sea animals
: a fishing establishment
also : its fishermen
: the legal right to take fish at a particular place or in particular waters
: the technology of fishery
usually used in plural

Examples of fishery in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web These biodiverse marine zones serve as nurseries for global fisheries, which employ and feed millions of people. The Arizona Republic, 7 Feb. 2024 The eel fishing season happens every spring and Maine is the only U.S. state with a significant, legal fishery for elvers. Patrick Whittle, Quartz, 5 Feb. 2024 Warming temperatures, along with ocean acidification and algal blooms, will also threaten fisheries. Olivia Ferrari, Smithsonian Magazine, 5 Feb. 2024 Southwest Idaho is loaded with bluegill fisheries, from the big Snake River reservoirs to local ponds and fun day-trip destinations like Crane Falls and Halverson. Jordan Rodriguez, Idaho Statesman, 31 Jan. 2024 Divers with the state’s fisheries and wildlife division recovered Howell’s body. Paradise Afshar and Joe Sutton, CNN, 28 Jan. 2024 That affects the productivity of commercial fisheries and marine life in general, but nutrient pollution is also damaging upstream. Melina Walling, Fortune, 22 Jan. 2024 Blooms of phytoplankton, which are actually a form of microalgae, can spread hundreds of square miles, sometimes doing disastrous damage to fisheries, beaches, drinking water supplies, and entire aquatic ecosystems. TIME, 5 Feb. 2024 The compound also hosts a bathhouse, a fishery and farm, a marbled beef farm and private access to a waterfall and lake. Peter Aitken, Fox News, 31 Jan. 2024 See More

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Word History

First Known Use

1528, in the meaning defined at sense 1

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The first known use of fishery was in 1528

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Cite this Entry

“Fishery.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 26 Feb. 2024.

Kids Definition


fish·​ery ˈfish-(ə-)rē How to pronounce fishery (audio)
plural fisheries
: the activity or business of fishing
: a place or establishment for catching fish

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