ground·​fish ˈgrau̇n(d)-ˌfish How to pronounce groundfish (audio)
: a bottom fish
especially : a marine fish (such as a cod, haddock, pollack, or flounder) of commercial importance

Examples of groundfish in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web Today the otter trawl is used everywhere groundfish are caught. Robert Kunzig, Discover Magazine, 11 Nov. 2019 On that day, an orca became entangled and died during Alaska Fisheries Science Center’s longline survey for sablefish and groundfish on the Central Bering Sea slope. Sarah Kuta, Smithsonian Magazine, 27 Sep. 2023 Alaska’s Bering Sea and Aleutian Island groundfish trawl fisheries this year caught 10 killer whales in their massive nets. Outdoor Life, 28 Sep. 2023 Pacific cod are one of the most valuable groundfish species harvested off the coasts of Alaska. Maggie Nelson, Anchorage Daily News, 8 Sep. 2023 The women’s parents, older brother and sister-in-law were on the other charter boat as part of a three-day trip to a destination fishery known for king salmon and groundfish. Stefanie Dazio, Anchorage Daily News, 3 June 2023 Trawling is a term for fishing with a large, wide net that a ship drags, often to harvest groundfish near the sea bottom. Yereth Rosen, Anchorage Daily News, 10 Dec. 2022 Haddock are caught by the same fishers who target other bottom-dwelling groundfish species such as cod, pollock and flounders. Patrick Whittle, Fortune, 16 May 2023 One such firm is Blue Harvest Fisheries, which operates out of New Bedford, Massachusetts, and is the largest holder of permits to catch groundfish such as pollock, haddock and ocean perch. Will Sennott, ProPublica, 12 Oct. 2022

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Word History

First Known Use

1795, in the meaning defined above

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The first known use of groundfish was in 1795

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“Groundfish.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 30 May. 2024.

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