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Longman Dictionary of Contemporary English
▪ Some, like the striped bass, were planted to start a commercial fishery.
▪ The Commission's recommendations to fisheries ministers however, continued to propose quotas.
▪ Arguments started on some fisheries when match organisers and pleasure anglers tried to fish venues usually left for freelance angling.
▪ Fishermen rely on a sustainable salmon fishery.
▪ Some, like the striped bass, were planted to start a commercial fishery.
▪ The Commission's recommendations to fisheries ministers however, continued to propose quotas.
▪ The narrow land drain is his favourite fishery and where better to begin the new coarse fishing season?
▪ The salmon runs, though much reduced by overfishing in the spawning rivers, continue to support the leading fishery.
The Collaborative International Dictionary

Fishery \Fish"er*y\, n.; pl. Fisheries.

  1. The business or practice of catching fish; fishing.

  2. A place for catching fish.

  3. (Law) The right to take fish at a certain place, or in particular waters.

Douglas Harper's Etymology Dictionary

"business of fishing," 1670s; "place where fish are caught," 1690s; see fish (v.) + -ery. Related: Fisheries.


n. 1 (senseid en activity)(context uncountable English) fishing: the catching, processing and marketing of fish or other seafood. 2 (senseid en place)(context countable English) A place related to fishing, particularly: 3 # A place where fish or other seafood are caught: a fishing ground. 4 # A place where fish or other seafood are raised: a fish farm. 5 # A place where fish or other seafood are processed: a seafood factory. 6 (senseid en right)(context countable English) A right to fish in a particular location. 7 (senseid en company)(context countable English) A fishing company.


n. a workplace where fish are caught and processed and sold [syn: piscary]


Generally, a fishery is an entity engaged in raising or harvesting fish which is determined by some authority to be a fishery. According to the FAO, a fishery is typically defined in terms of the "people involved, species or type of fish, area of water or seabed, method of fishing, class of boats, purpose of the activities or a combination of the foregoing features". The definition often includes a combination of fish and fishers in a region, the latter fishing for similar species with similar gear types.

A fishery may involve the capture of wild fish or raising fish through fish farming or aquaculture. Directly or indirectly, the livelihood of over 500 million people in developing countries depends on fisheries and aquaculture. Overfishing, including the taking of fish beyond sustainable levels, is reducing fish stocks and employment in many world regions. A report by Prince Charles' International Sustainability Unit, the New York-based Environmental Defense Fund and 50in10 published in July 2014 estimated global fisheries were adding $270 billion a year to global GDP, but by full implementation of sustainable fishing, that figure could rise by as much as $50 billion.

Usage examples of "fishery".

Tarrant entered the aeroponics room, the gleaming white PVC pipe and enameled steel in shining contrast to the dim red of the fishery.

CHAPTER 114 The Gilder Penetrating further and further into the heart of the Japanese cruising ground the Pequod was soon all astir in the fishery.

At last a northwest wind drove it off the shore, and on the second clear day the little steamer Moonbeam, engaged in the porgy fishery, came up to the cove with a small sloop in tow and three dejected, exhausted, and thoroughly disgusted navigators on board.

The last state census accords to Pocock Island a population of 311, mostly engaged in the porgy fisheries.

And if at times these things bent the welded iron of his soul, much more did his far-away domestic memories of his young Cape wife and child, tend to bend him still more from the original ruggedness of his nature, and open him still further to those latent influences which, in some honest-hearted men, restrain the gush of dare-devil daring, so often evinced by others in the more perilous vicissitudes of the fishery.

To all these improvements may be added an assiduous attention to mines and fisheries, which, by employing a multitude of laborious hands, serve to increase the pleasures of the rich and the subsistence of the poor.

Treaty of Ghent was signed and ratified, without any provisions either as to the Fisheries or the navigation of the Mississippi River,--a position which left the United States in the full exercise of its rights under the treaty of 1782, from which it could be excluded only by the exercise of force on the part of the British Government.

It is well to parenthesize here, that of the fatal accidents in the Sperm-Whale Fishery, this kind is perhaps almost as frequent as any.

This country, by the possession of which an enemy would be enabled greatly to annoy all our other colonies, and, if in the hands of the French, would be of singular service both to their fishery and their sugar islands, has frequently changed hands from the French to the English, and from the English back again to the French, till our right to it was finally settled by the twelfth article of the treaty of Utrecht, by which all the country included within the ancient limits of what was called Nova Scotia or Acadia, was ceded to the English.

In the British Greenland Fishery, under the corrupted title of Specksioneer, this old Dutch official is still retained, but his former dignity is sadly abridged.

Nor, except their inveterate habit of poaching on Acadian fisheries, had the people of New England provoked these barbarous attacks.

Antarctic deep-ocean water carries nutrients which feed economically important fisheries in many parts of the world - Argentine hake, Brazilian tuna, South African pilchard and the remnants of the Peruvian anchoveta fishery.

Both men stood six feet and seven inches tall and could not walk frontways through the door of the Whale Fishery without touching the posts on either side.

Malmo and Gothenburg whalers, homeward bound and in no hurry from the far south fisheries, quite often use it, above all when there is so much south in the winds off the Horn, like it is now.

It has a great export trade in cattle and rice to Yezo, besides being the outlet of an immense annual emigration from northern Japan to the Yezo fishery, and imports from Hakodate large quantities of fish, skins, and foreign merchandise.