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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.