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

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In a statement, NOAA said the Trump administration supports the industry, advocates for its fisheries and has sought the ratification of a treaty for the area where U.S. boats and South Pacific Tuna fish. Phillip Molnar, San Diego Union-Tribune, "San Diego-based tuna company selling boats, blames U.S. regulations," 10 July 2019 In the Great Lakes — which provides drinking water for 40 million and supports a $7 billion recreational fishery — researchers know near to nothing about some of the most abundant microbes. Chicago Tribune Staff,, "Daywatch: Chicago’s ‘extraordinary financial challenges,’ niece of woman killed by CTA train fatally shot and other things to know to start your day," 8 July 2019 Everett said the three bills would also mean that even the five Saginaw Bay fisheries that have been licensed to catch perch for generations would be out of business. Emma Keith, Detroit Free Press, "Big changes could be coming to Michigan walleye, trout, perch fishing," 6 July 2019 Although both ponds are stocked occasionally with rainbow trout, neither is a very productive fishery. Mare Czinar, azcentral, "Fun summer hikes in Arizona: These hidden little lakes attract wildlife, hikers and anglers," 5 July 2019 The fishermen believe the offshore wind projects will lock them out of some of their most productive fisheries. Robert Bryce, National Review, "Cuomo’s Silly War on Natural Gas," 28 June 2019 Kodiak, Cook Inlet and Chignik fisheries were off to a slow start, McDowell economist Garrett Evridge said. Annie Zak, Anchorage Daily News, "Early numbers show strong start for commercial sockeye salmon harvest in Prince William Sound," 14 June 2019 Its fisheries are essential to the food security of the 60 million people of the Lower Mekong Basin. Stefan Lovgren, National Geographic, "River sanctuaries help giant fish recover in Southeast Asia," 25 Apr. 2019 Davis points to the smallmouth varieties, a trademark of this and the other warm-water fisheries, as the main draw. Patricia Cameron, The Know, "10 of the best spots to fish in Colorado," 22 June 2019

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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 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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