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  • v. To harvest too much, especially at an unsustainably high level


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over- +‎ harvest


  • "Both studies highlight the importance of considering both climatic change and other human-caused factors such as overharvest in understanding the population dynamics of this and other species."


  • He was convinced that with the proper care taken not to overharvest, the bounty offered up in this one bay alone could last for many centuries.

    In The Shadow of The Cypress

  • The elite overharvest deep groundwater for their new modern urban compounds and leisure centres.

    Regional scenarios for Africa's future~ freshwater

  • For some drivers, such as the overharvest of particular species, lag times are rather short; for others, such as nutrient loading and climate change, lag times are much longer.

    Ecosystems and Human Well-being~ Biodiversity Synthesis~ Summary for Decision-makers

  • Steve posted recently about overharvest of a Tibetan medicinal fungus – when I clicked through and read the LA Times article, the scientific name of the fungus rang a bell.

    Fungus among us

  • The Gulf of Mexico red drum fishery nearly collapsed-twice in the past quarter century-because of brazen, unapologetic commercial overharvest.

    Going After Big Red

  • A 2-year-old, but still extremely interesting (as well as disturbing), article from the Associated Press notes that increased demand and soaring prices (as much as $58.00 per bowl) have led to overharvest of swiftlet nests, and thus declines in populations, in Southeast Asia. posted by John L. Trapp at

    BIRDS ETCETERA—Birds, Birding, Birders, and Birdwatching

  • We overgraze grasslands, clearcut forests, overharvest fisheries, and overdraw aquifers.

    'Trouble in Paradise': An Exchange

  • A survey of Irian Jaya (Indonesian New Guinea) in 1980 indicated a number of ranches in that region as well, but revealed that some were having difficulty obtaining stock because of overharvest.

    Chapter 7

  • The agency says the catch sharing plan is designed to maintain a sustainable fishery by preventing overharvest.

    The Seattle Times


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