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[oh-ver-fish] /ˌoʊ vərˈfɪʃ/
verb (used with object)
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)
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 of overfish
1865-70; over- + fish Unabridged
Based on the Random House Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2015.
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