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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Once one of the greatest salmon fisheries in the world, the Columbia-Snake river system now has more than a dozen endangered salmon runs. Nicholas K. Geranios, The Seattle Times, "U.S. House OKs bill reversing order to help salmon in Washington state," 25 Apr. 2018 If drones ruled the waves, fisheries would be more sustainable, pollution would be reduced and human trafficking would be harder to get away with. The Economist, "Avast, me hearties," 5 July 2018 IndyStar consulted an expert — Corey DeBoom, a fisheries biologist for the Indiana Department of Natural Resources -- for his take on the best fishing spots in the Indianapolis area. Andrew Hussey, Indianapolis Star, "Best places to fish in the Indianapolis area," 2 July 2018 The researchers hope to understand conditions needed to maintain self-sustaining walleye populations and inform recreational fisheries management. Paul A. Smith, Milwaukee Journal Sentinel, "Smith: Can the walleye population rebound in McDermott Lake if bass and panfish are reduced?," 30 June 2018 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

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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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