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[ oh-ver-fish ]
/ ˌoʊ vərˈfɪʃ /
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verb (used with object)
to fish (an area or a marine organism) excessively, or to exhaust the supply of usable fish in (certain waters): Scientists are concerned that commercial fishing fleets may overfish our coastal waters.A long history of overfishing parrotfish, which help maintain a healthy balance between living coral and plants, has led to significant reef damage.
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.
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How to use overfish in a sentence
Humberto Leon and Carol Lim used their spring collection to send a message about the perils of overfishing.Kenzo Spring/ Summer 2014: California Roots|Alice Cavanagh|September 29, 2013|DAILY BEAST
Since the stone crab is capable of regrowing its claws every 18 months, this break prevents overfishing of the briny delicacy.All Hail the Stone Crab|Jacquelynn D. Powers|October 13, 2010|DAILY BEAST
The lobster is highly esteemed as food, and is rapidly disappearing from our coasts as the result of overfishing.
Laws have been enacted in New York and other states against overfishing.
Increased demand causes a severe drain upon the shellfish beds, which soon leads to overfishing.
This idea has caused great harm to the shellfisheries, stimulating men to wreck certain localities by overfishing.
On the other hand, the shallow-water grounds are rapidly becoming barren from overfishing.