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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Funding requests to implement the treaty will include money for the Puget Sound chinook fishery and to support recovery efforts for the orcas that live in the Puget Sound. Gillian Flaccus, The Seattle Times, "International 10-year salmon preservation plan advances," 18 Sep. 2018 The popular personal-use dipnet fishery at Chitina will open for several days starting at noon Thursday. Zaz Hollander, Anchorage Daily News, "Chitina dipnet fishing to open Thursday amid rising sockeye numbers," 10 July 2018 But as technology increased boats’ size, horsepower, and range, the fleet became more industrialized, and the pressure upon the fishery grew. Wendy Mitman Clarke, Smithsonian, "How a Fallback to Historic Traditions Might Save Catalonia’s Red Shrimp Fishery," 5 July 2018 The fishery there allows only males to be caught and restricts fishing during mating and molting seasons. Emily Main, Good Housekeeping, "10 Healthiest Fish on the Planet," 25 June 2015 The Quest, sponsored by the Association of Northwest Steelheaders, raises money for local fisheries and habitat projects. Bill Monroe,, "Saturday's Quest helps raise money for salmon, steelhead and other local fisheries," 8 May 2018 Many Brexiteers say they were promised that Britain would take back full control of fisheries next March. The Economist, "There’s something fishy about Britain’s Brexit transition deal," 22 Mar. 2018 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

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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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