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[fish-uh-ree] /ˈfɪʃ ə ri/
noun, plural fisheries.
a place where fish are bred; fish hatchery.
a place where fish or shellfish are caught.
the occupation or industry of catching, processing, or selling fish or shellfish.
Law. the right to fish in certain waters or at certain times.
1520-30; fish + ery Unabridged
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  • The marine fishery is in steep decline or even collapse.
  • It sits between two rail lines in the northern part of the city, on a creek that once sustained a thriving fishery.
  • There are a lot available, and it's probably the model crab fishery for the world.
  • Shipping may help the state fishery and spread the fame of stone crab.
  • Unfortunately, what was once a sustainable fishery has been modernized into large-scale industrial-style farming.
  • The problem isn't the fishery, he said--that's in good shape.
  • The problem is that the rest of the fishery is still being pillaged and illegal fishing will not stop.
  • Some council members may not be conversant in fishery science.
  • For years, murky political negotiations rather than science have determined the way this fishery has been managed.
  • So something needs to be done urgently if the fishery is to be saved.
British Dictionary definitions for fishery


noun (pl) -eries
  1. the industry of catching, processing, and selling fish
  2. a place where this is carried on
a place where fish are reared
a fishing ground
another word for piscary (sense 2)
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Word Origin and History for fishery

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

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Slang definitions & phrases for fishery



A religious mission in a working-class neighborhood

[1920s+ Hoboes; ultimately fr the concept of St Peter as a fisher of men]

The Dictionary of American Slang, Fourth Edition by Barbara Ann Kipfer, PhD. and Robert L. Chapman, Ph.D.
Copyright (C) 2007 by HarperCollins Publishers.
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Encyclopedia Article for fishery

harvesting of fish, shellfish, and sea mammals as a commercial enterprise, or the location or season of commercial fishing. Fisheries range from small family operations relying on traditional fishing methods to large corporations using large fleets and the most advanced technology. Small-scale fishery is ordinarily conducted in waters relatively close to a home port, but factory ships that are equipped to process the catch on board often go thousands of miles from home. See commercial fishing.

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