groundfish

noun
ground·​fish | \ ˈgrau̇n(d)-ˌfish How to pronounce groundfish (audio) \

Definition of groundfish

: 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 For the Bering Sea and Aleutian Islands, .83 of all groundfish was taken by non-Alaska vessels, including a .70 share of cod, .91 of pollock and .71 of sablefish. Laine Welch | Fish Factor, Anchorage Daily News, 20 Sep. 2021 Fishing for pollock, cod, flounders and other groundfish also continues throughout the Gulf and Bering Sea. Anchorage Daily News, 12 July 2021 It’s a groundfish that doesn’t taste like a bottom dweller. Sam Sifton, New York Times, 16 June 2021 In the Bering Sea and Gulf of Alaska, boats are pulling in pollock, cod, flounders and other groundfish. Anchorage Daily News, 9 Feb. 2021 The annual survey gets some federal funding to assess weights and lengths of any groundfish such as cod, halibut, rockfish or pollock that are hauled up but the primary focus is Tanner crab. Anchorage Daily News, 17 June 2020 Pacific cod is Alaska’s second-largest groundfish catch by volume topping 510 million pounds in 2018 (a 22% decrease from 2017), according to an economic status report by the North Pacific Fishery Management Council plan team. Anchorage Daily News, 24 Dec. 2019 The agency stated that the ‘‘great majority of Rafael’s civil and criminal violations involved the groundfish fishery,’’ which harvests species such as cod and haddock. BostonGlobe.com, 25 Sep. 2019 Unlike Dungeness crab and salmon, groundfish could be harvested year-round, providing an economic backbone for ports. Gillian Flaccus, The Denver Post, 26 Dec. 2019 See More

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First Known Use of groundfish

1795, in the meaning defined above

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“Groundfish.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/groundfish. Accessed 26 May. 2022.

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