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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Still, more than 20 countries and areas keep their import ban or restrictions on Japanese fisheries and agricultural products, although the number had come down from 54 soon after the disaster. Kim Tong-hyung And Mari Yamaguchi, The Seattle Times, "WTO upholds South Korean ban on Fukushima seafood," 12 Apr. 2019 In response, state and federal fishery managers teamed up to deliver salmon to the two families in mid-June. Anna Rose Macarthur, Anchorage Daily News, "Far from Anchorage where Cassandra Tinker was killed, a family cuts fish and grieves," 10 July 2018 And that means those fishing from private boats are likely to see the full 82-day recreational snapper season state fisheries managers predicted for 2018. Shannon Tompkins, Houston Chronicle, "Better days ahead for Texas offshore anglers," 23 June 2018 Most fisheries managers consider the species to be partly recovered. Paul A. Smith, Milwaukee Journal Sentinel, "Smith: There's no point in rushing when there's a big laker on the line," 28 Apr. 2018 The reef could be threatened by potential oil and gas drilling, which would severely impact those fisheries. Avery Thompson, Popular Mechanics, "Hidden Coral Reef Discovered Off the Georgia Coast," 28 Aug. 2018 The Yukon has fared better than other salmon fisheries. Richard Adams Carey, WSJ, "‘Kings of the Yukon’ Review: A Song for the Salmon," 25 May 2018 Quartermaster Eatery This restaurant goes to Herculean heights to ensure that everything on the menu is made from scratch, natural or organic, and sourced from ethical ranches and fisheries. Todd Plummer, Vogue, "Hard to Get to, Harder to Leave: Why Revelstoke, B.C. Is Skiing’s Hottest Destination Right Now," 22 Feb. 2019 Of significant interest to Alaskans should be the situation on the Canadian side of the border, which brings home the challenges of managing fisheries along a 2,000-mile river that transects two nations. 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

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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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