fish·ery | \ ˈfi-shə-rē \
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

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Warm Lake is a unique fishery, home to rainbow trout, Kokanee and all three Idaho char species — brook, bull and Mackinaw trout. Jordan Rodriguez, idahostatesman, "Warm Lake offers chance to beat the heat, catch some fish near Cascade," 9 July 2018 The runs never have, and fishing today consists of a symbolic, ceremonial fishery. Nancy Lord, Anchorage Daily News, "In ‘Kings of the Yukon,’ paddling 2,000 miles to witness what’s left behind when salmon runs falter," 30 June 2018 Erskine is part of a group of fishermen, scientists, and state fisheries managers called the Mid-Atlantic Coastal Acidification Network that is pushing for more research and attention on the issue. Eric Niiler, National Geographic, "The Ocean Is Getting More Acidic—What That Actually Means," 15 June 2018 Texas is blessed with has an abundance of high-quality sunfish fisheries. Shannon Tompkins Staff Writer, San Antonio Express-News, "June spawn signals peak in Texas sunfish action," 7 June 2018 The island was a working fishery from the 1700s until the early 2000s. Jamie Moore, USA TODAY, "The world’s 10 most amazing suspension bridges," 26 Apr. 2018 Hillman was an Ohio Division of Wildlife District 3 fisheries manager for more than 30 years before his recent death. D'arcy Egan,, "Fishing Report for April 20: Fish biting again despite dingy waters," 20 Apr. 2018 There are already markets for some of these data: weather forecasters, fisheries managers, oil and gas companies. The Economist, "Ocean internetSailing the wired seas," 10 Mar. 2018 The House bill would allow fishery officials to target any sea lion past river mile 112 on the Columbia and on tributaries that contain protected fish. Ryan Sabalow, sacbee, "To protect salmon in the Columbia, will we have to kill more sea lions?," 6 July 2018

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First Known Use of fishery

1528, in the meaning defined at sense 1

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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 \
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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