Definition of overfish
: to fish to the detriment of (a fishing ground) or to the depletion of (a kind of organism)
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Red snapper are easy to catch and fishing pressure can become severe due to the value of the fish, so the species can be quickly overfished without proper management.
Despite growing areas of local depletion, on a regional basis only a few species so far are overfished.
A study by the U.N. reported that nearly 90 percent of fish stocks are fully fished or overfished.
Commercial overfishing damages fish populations, marine habitats and ecosystems — consequences that also affect people who depend on the ocean for food and work.
Detailed by Mother Jones magazine, the site is an unusual solution to questions surrounding the industrial fishing industry, including growing concerns that wild stocks are being overfished.
Other specialists argue that British waters were overfished long before the fisheries policy took effect in 1983.
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Definition of overfish for English Language Learners
: to catch too many fish so that there are not enough remaining
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