overfish

[oh-ver-fish]
verb (used with object)
1.
to fish (an area) excessively; to exhaust the supply of usable fish in (certain waters): Scientists are concerned that fishing boats may overfish our coastal waters.
verb (used without object)
2.
to fish so as to deplete the supply of fish in certain waters: If the trawlers are going to overfish here, we'll need legislation to restrict their hauls.

Origin:
1865–70; over- + fish

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