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  1. simple past tense and past participle of overfish
    • 2009 February 10, Cornelia Dean, “Seeing the Risks of Humanity’s Hand in Species Evolution”, in New York Times[1]:
      More recently, researchers have reported that cod, overfished for decades off New England and the Canadian Maritime Provinces, have begun reproducing at younger ages and smaller sizes.


overfished ‎(comparative more overfished, superlative most overfished)

  1. Fished to the point of sustained reduction of fish species population.
    • 1987, William F. Royce, Fishery Development‎, page 99:
      The Gulf of Thailand became more overfished than ever, causing acrimonious conflicts between domestic artisanal and large-scale fishers.
    • 2000, Howard Back, Waters of Yellowstone with Rod and Fly, page 64:
      It is the most overfished of any hole that I know, this Nine Mile Hole.