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 In the Bering Sea and Gulf of Alaska, boats are pulling in pollock, cod, flounders and other groundfish. Anchorage Daily News, "One Alaska king salmon is worth the same as two barrels of oil right now," 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, "All systems are ‘go’ for near-shore Alaska fisheries, state officials say," 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, "Small cod fishery will occur after all in Gulf of Alaska’s state waters," 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, "Forced sell-off of ‘Codfather’ assets begins - The Boston Globe," 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, "West Coast fishery rebounds in rare conservation “home run”," 26 Dec. 2019 Unlike Dungeness crab and salmon, groundfish could be harvested year-round, providing an economic backbone for ports. Gillian Flaccus, Anchorage Daily News, "West Coast fishery rebounds in rare conservation ‘home run’," 26 Dec. 2019 Unlike Dungeness crab and salmon, groundfish could be harvested year-round, providing an economic backbone for ports. Fortune, "West Coast Fishery Rebounds in Rare Conservation ‘Home Run’," 26 Dec. 2019 Unlike Dungeness crab and salmon, groundfish could be harvested year-round, providing an economic backbone for ports. CBS News, ""The biggest environmental story that no one knows about": The recovery of groundfish off the West Coast," 26 Dec. 2019

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First Known Use of groundfish

1795, in the meaning defined above

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22 Feb 2021

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“Groundfish.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/groundfish. Accessed 2 Mar. 2021.

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