Definitions

from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition

  • n. A bottom-dwelling fish, especially a commercially valuable marine species such as flounder or cod.

from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License

  • n. Fish that swim near the seafloor
  • v. To fish for groundfish

from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • n. any fish which constantly lives on the botton of the sea, as the sole, turbot, halibut.
  • n. Fish that live on the sea bottom, especially commercially important gadoid fishes like cod and haddock or flatfish like flounder.

from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia

  • n. A fish which swims at the bottom of the water, and must be fished for there. Among ground-fish are the cod, hake, haddock, cusk, ling, flounder, and halibut.

from WordNet 3.0 Copyright 2006 by Princeton University. All rights reserved.

  • n. fish that live on the sea bottom (particularly the commercially important gadoid fish like cod and haddock, or flatfish like flounder)

Etymologies

ground +‎ fish (Wiktionary)

Examples

  • On September 12, 2004 the appellants held Atlantic Recreational Fishing licenses which had been issued by the Department of Fisheries and Oceans (Canada) for the recreational cod fishery (also referred to as the groundfish food fishery).

    The constitutional fish, redux

  • "We didn't see any juvenile groundfish, which is a serious concern."

    BangorDailyNews.com - News

  • Associate Director Veronica Young said the center will focus more of its funds on research of so-called groundfish such as haddock, cod and flounder, which are in short supply in Maine waters.

    WMTW.com - Local News

  • The West Coast's most valuable fishery, a group of bottom-dwelling species known as groundfish, has been rebuilding since 2000, when harvests were cut in half to protect overfished rockfish.

    Rocky Mount Telegram - Business

  • Northern, or pink, shrimp are found in the cold waters of the Gulf of Maine and provide an alternative winter and spring fishery for scores of New England fishing boats that normally fish for haddock, flounder and other so-called "groundfish" that live near the ocean bottom.

    wbur.org

  • Fishermen argue that California already has extensive marine regulations, and that after over-fishing in the 1980s and '90s, California fish populations (especially rockfish and other so-called "groundfish") have recovered to sustainable levels.

    Terrain Magazine

  • Cod, along with other groundfish such as haddock and flounder, has supported coastal towns and economies throughout the Northeast for hundreds of years.

    Lee Crockett: Overfishing 101: New England's First Year of Fishing Under Sectors

  • To help rebuild groundfish populations, local fishers and harbormasters worked with TNC to map the no-trawl zone.

    Mark Tercek: Keeping More Fish in the Ocean: Good for People, Good for Nature

  • Historically, groundfish -- species that live close to the sea floor -- have served as the backbone of fisheries in this region.

    Mark Tercek: Keeping More Fish in the Ocean: Good for People, Good for Nature

  • Fishermen there now work in groups called sectors to divide an annual quota of groundfish, which include cod, haddock and flounder.

    The End Of Overfishing?

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