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 Southeast Alaska’s summer Dungeness fishery opens on June 15. Anchorage Daily News, "All systems are ‘go’ for near-shore Alaska fisheries, state officials say," 17 June 2020 Daily limits and bans on bait fishing in critical horseshoe crab areas like Delaware Bay and in Massachusetts and other spots along the eastern shore helped bring that fishery under control. Doug Fraser, USA TODAY, "Horseshoe crabs may be the answer to a safe coronavirus vaccine next year. Here's why.," 16 June 2020 The second day, June 27, will be contingent upon enough remaining retention-sized fish to justify the fishery. oregonlive, "Oregon sets sturgeon retention fishing dates for Willamette River," 16 June 2020 Last summer, across southwest Alaska’s Bristol Bay region—home to the largest sockeye salmon fishery in the world—tens of thousands of fish washed up dead along riverbanks. Miranda Weiss, Wired, "In Alaska, Summer's Getting Too Hot for the Salmon Run," 13 June 2020 Lake Erie has a storied walleye fishery, offering Ohio, New York, Pennsylvania, and Canadian anglers lots of opportunity for great fishing. Popular Science, "A beginner’s guide to freshwater fishing," 1 June 2020 In England, mitten crabs have so inundated the River Thames that officials are mulling whether to start a fishery to sell them back to China, and local wildlife activists are launching campaigns to promote eating them. Rene Ebersole, National Geographic, "In ‘Operation Hidden Mitten,’ U.S. cracks down on smuggling of hairy-clawed crab," 22 May 2020 Brexit will bring new powers over fisheries and chemicals to Britain, which will require joint decision-making. The Economist, "Ignore the squabbling Devolution has become less dysfunctional during the pandemic," 6 June 2020 But the program does not extend to egg farmers or American fisheries and aquaculture businesses. Laura Reiley, Washington Post, "Full fields, empty food banks," 23 Apr. 2020

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First Known Use of fishery

1528, in the meaning defined at sense 1

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24 Jun 2020

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“Fishery.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 2 Jul. 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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