Overfish - definition of overfish by The Free Dictionary
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v. o·ver·fished, o·ver·fish·ing, o·ver·fish·es
1. To fish (a body of water) to such a degree as to deplete or exhaust the supply of fish or shellfish.
2. To deplete or exhaust (a stock of fish or shellfish) by excessive fishing.
1. To overfish a body of water.
2. To overfish a stock of fish or shellfish.
(Fishing) to fish excessively, thus reducing fish species, etc
o•ver•fish (ˌoʊ vərˈfɪʃ)
to fish (an area) excessively; exhaust the supply of usable fish in (a body of water).
Past participle: overfished
References in periodicals archive
Scientists have determined that if we continue to overfish
our oceans and fresh water sources, there will be no seafood left by the year 2048.
The trend to overfish
slowed down this year compared to the previous year, said Maria Damanaki, European Commissioner for Maritime Affairs and Fisheries.
We want to encourage these communities to be a part of ecotourist growth instead of continuing to overfish
sharks," says Mohajerani.
But some fisheries overfish
to the point of devastating ocean ecosystems (communities of diverse organisms).
Fishers typically rotate among a number of reefs so that they do not overfish
any one of them.