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 That marine heat wave also caused algal blooms that produced toxic domoic acid, which showed up in marine mammals and shellfish, causing costly delays in the state’s lucrative Dungeness crab fishery. Tara Duggan, San Francisco Chronicle, 1 Feb. 2022 Southeast crabbers get another go when the Dungeness fishery reopens on October 1. Laine Welch | Fish Factor, Anchorage Daily News, 13 Sep. 2021 But inspired by the success in Europe, the University of New Hampshire's NH Green Crab Project is exploring establishing a similar fishery and market demand in the U.S. as a possible solution. Margaret Osborne, Smithsonian Magazine, 13 July 2022 As a result, lobster has boosted Maine’s economy as the highest value single species fishery in the country. John Farrell, Washington Post, 8 July 2022 But the military aggression of Russia against Ukraine on fishing activities disrupted the supply chain of fishery and aquaculture products due to the rise in the price of energy, raw materials and fish feed. Daniela De Lorenzo, Forbes, 7 July 2022 The personal use fishery is held annually in the marine waters of the Cook Inlet at the mouth of the Kenai River. Anchorage Daily News, 6 July 2022 That state fishery managers moved to limit even the harvest of male crabs demonstrates the gravity of the situation. Scott Dance, Baltimore Sun, 28 June 2022 The personal use dipnet fishery opened on June 20, running through the 26th. John Schandelmeier, Anchorage Daily News, 26 June 2022 See More

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First Known Use of fishery

1528, in the meaning defined at sense 1

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31 Jul 2022

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“Fishery.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 9 Aug. 2022.

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More Definitions for fishery


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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