overfish

verb
over·​fish | \ ˌō-vər-ˈfish How to pronounce overfish (audio) \
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)

Examples of overfish in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web If fishers in those neighboring countries overfish the remaining population or shift to other species, the disturbance can grow. James Rising, The Conversation, "Fish larvae float across national borders, binding the world’s oceans in a single network," 18 Sep. 2019 In the Great Lakes, conservationists battle invasive sea lampreys, overfished in their home region of southwestern Europe. Marion Renault, New York Times, "This Carnivorous Plant Invaded New York. That May Be Its Only Hope.," 13 Aug. 2019 Sawfish, which are part of the ray family, have been unintentionally overfished because of a their saws getting entangled in fishing nets and other capture tools, the FWC said. Joe Mario Pedersen, orlandosentinel.com, "Florida man pleads guilty after using power saw to remove saw-shaped nose off sawfish," 4 Nov. 2019 The fisheries commission has directed Atlantic states to reduce the catch because striped bass are being overfished. Scott Dance, baltimoresun.com, "As Canadian company defies fish harvest cap, Maryland advocates worry of impact on striped bass, other species," 19 Sep. 2019 That same decade, a mysterious epidemic killed more than 95% of the black sea urchins in the Caribbean, while overfishing ravaged fish populations. Christina Larson, The Denver Post, "Coral gardeners bring back Jamaica’s reefs, piece by piece," 18 Sep. 2019 That same decade, a mysterious epidemic killed more than 95% of the black sea urchins in the Caribbean, while overfishing ravaged fish populations. Washington Post, "Surprise rescue of Jamaica coral reefs shows nature can heal," 17 Sep. 2019 That same decade, a mysterious epidemic killed more than 95% of the black sea urchins in the Caribbean, while overfishing ravaged fish populations. Christina Larson, San Diego Union-Tribune, "Coral gardeners bring back Jamaica’s reefs, piece by piece," 17 Sep. 2019 That means protecting reefs from local threats like overfishing and pollution, taking steps to slow climate change and helping reefs deal with impacts from climate change now. Jenny Staletovich, orlandosentinel.com, "As planet heats up, scientists race to save reefs," 24 July 2019

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First Known Use of overfish

1855, in the meaning defined above

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28 Nov 2019

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“Overfish.” The Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster Inc., https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/overfish. Accessed 7 December 2019.

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overfish

verb
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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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