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 Those conditions could also harm the fall-run chinook that are part of the commercial fishery, which migrate in fall but spawn soon after the winter-run. Tara Duggan, San Francisco Chronicle, 30 May 2021 But Maine, which is home to the largest commercial fishery for river herring, has seen positive trends in the fishes’ population, said Michael Brown, a scientist with the Maine Department of Marine Resources. Fox News, 29 May 2021 That is the data point the bay states use to gauge the overall health of the blue crab fishery, said Patrick Geer, chief of fisheries for the Virginia Marine Resources Commission. Washington Post, 24 May 2021 Anson said that in 2018 and 2019, a pilot program was implemented in the Gulf which allowed the states to manage the private vessel portion of the red snapper fishery within their respective state. Frank Sargeant, al, 25 Apr. 2021 With half of the boats tied up in Seattle due to the pandemic, the remaining fleet at Dutch Harbor may not be able to catch their full 5 million-pound quota to help prove the health of the fishery. Lynette Rice,, 20 Apr. 2021 In 2019, when walleye fishing wasn't closed in July, there was an unexpected shutdown of the fishery in early September due to an overrun of the state's allotment. Tony Kennedy, Star Tribune, 23 Mar. 2021 Every fish weighing 2 pounds or more counts. MLF pro Kelly Jordon lives not far from the shores of the fabled East Texas fishery. Matt Williams, Dallas News, 12 Feb. 2021 The problem is heightened by the catch-and-release nature of the snapper fishery. Matt Wyatt,, 21 Jan. 2021

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First Known Use of fishery

1528, in the meaning defined at sense 1

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25 Jun 2021

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“Fishery.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 25 Jun. 2021.

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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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