overexploitation overexploitation


  • (n) exploitation to the point of diminishing returns


  1. Another factor was overexploitation of the rain-forest ecosystem, on which the Maya depended for food.
  2. More probable, perhaps, is a man-made catastrophe a general environmental collapse provoked by overexploitation of the world's resources, say, or nuclear conflicts.
  3. Some shark populations may be destroyed by overexploitation before scientists even have a chance to study them.


  • Impact of deep-sea fishery for Greenland halibut

    Since the late 1980s, a deep-sea fishery for Greenland halibut Reinhardtius hippoglossoides has been developing gradually in West Greenland. Deep-sea fish species are generally long-lived and characterized by late age of maturity, low fecundity, and slow growth, features that probably cause low resilience following overexploitation.
    on January 28, 2014     Source: Science Daily

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  1. "Biodiversity - a term for the range of animal, plant and other life on this planet - is already suffering from a range of impacts including overexploitation, loss and damage to habitats and pollution. Unchecked, climate change will pile on more...
    on Nov 17, 2006 By: Achim Steiner Source: Environment News Service

  2. "Water is a fragile resource, and most of our water systems in Europe are threatened with pollution and overexploitation," commented Environment Commissioner Margot Wallström. "The Water Framework Directive is one of the most ambitious...
    on Jul 12, 2004 By: Margot Wallström Source: Green Consumer Guide

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