sustained yield


: production of a biological resource (such as timber or fish) under management procedures which ensure replacement of the part harvested by regrowth or reproduction before another harvest occurs
sustained-yield adjective

Example Sentences

Recent Examples on the Web To Salomon, who is involved in the Pacific Sea Garden Collective, the intensive nature of some Indigenous sea gardens is fundamentally different from the maximum sustained yield mindset of today’s capitalist commercial fisheries. Ashley Braun, Smithsonian Magazine, 25 July 2022 The United States Forest Service in the Department of Agriculture is now under the direction of John B. Crowell, a logging company attorney, and the emphasis has shifted from multiple use and sustained yield to timber production first and last. Ted Trueblood, Field & Stream, 29 Nov. 2020

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Word History

First Known Use

circa 1905, in the meaning defined above

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The first known use of sustained yield was circa 1905

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“Sustained yield.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 3 Dec. 2022.

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