Definition of overfish in English:

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Pronunciation: /ˌōvərˈfiSH/


[with object]
1Deplete the stock of fish in (a body of water) by too much fishing: this part of the Mediterranean is terribly overfished
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  • Seventy percent of the world's most valuable fisheries, and 11 of 15 major fishing grounds, are either overfished or fished to the limit according to the United Nations.
  • Likewise, some human societies may not overexploit their land nor overfish their waters, even if they have the technical means to do so, because each person follows the ethic of not taking more than he or she requires.
  • As more accessible, coastal waters off South America were overfished and emptied, commercial boats zeroed in on the protected waters of the Galápagos.
1.1Deplete the stock of (a fish): yellowfin tuna has been overfished
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  • When sharks are overfished, a cascade of effects can lead to a depletion of important grazers of plant life.
  • More than half of the known, managed, major fish species in U.S. waters are not overfished.
  • The sole stock is overfished and it could take between seven and eight years for the cod stock to recover.

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Syllabification: o·ver·fish

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