over·fish | \ˌō-vər-ˈfish \
overfished; overfishing; overfishes

Definition of overfish 

transitive verb

: to fish to the detriment of (a fishing ground) or to the depletion of (a kind of organism)

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After more than two decades of management, the Gulf-wide red snapper population has increased significantly and is no longer considered overfished. Shannon Tompkins, Houston Chronicle, "State seeks longer red-snapper season in federal proposal," 17 Mar. 2018 The website North Carolina Coast Watch notes hammerheads have been affected by overfishing off the Carolinas and fishing is now managed by limits on fishing. Mark Price, charlotteobserver, "An Ohio man fishing in the surf pulls in a 6-foot shark off the NC Outer Banks | Charlotte Observer," 16 May 2018 Over a century ago, pallid sturgeon were overfished for their eggs, which were sold as caviar. Kelsey Ryan, kansascity, "Worlds of Fun was sued for polluting. Then Missouri loosened its pollutant limits," 6 July 2018 Canada, in turn, threatened to overfish its own rivers to keep American boats from nabbing the harvest. Craig Welch, National Geographic, "Climate Change May Spark Global ‘Fish Wars’," 14 June 2018 Meanwhile, the United Nations Food and Agriculture Organisation estimates that nearly a third of commercial stocks are overfished. The Economist, "The secret life of fish," 10 May 2018 This is the second year the state has imposed a moratorium on crabbing, after finding that the blue crab population was overfished. Todd A. Price, NOLA.com, "Why has crab been scarce at New Orleans restaurants?," 19 Apr. 2018 Although the species had been overfished by commercial netters and had critical spawning habitat degraded over most of the last two centuries, whitefish have rebounded in Green Bay in recent decades. Paul A. Smith, Milwaukee Journal Sentinel, "Smith: Lake whitefish heat up Green Bay's ice in winter," 20 Jan. 2018 The need to fill hungry bellies yesterday created overfished reefs today. Dana Snitzky, Longreads, "Is This the Most Crowded Island in the World? (And Why That Question Matters)," 20 Feb. 2018

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1855, in the meaning defined above

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English Language Learners Definition of overfish

: to catch too many fish so that there are not enough remaining

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