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Fishing Waters

Surface Water Hydrology

  1. Mark R. Tompkins

Published Online: 15 JUL 2005

DOI: 10.1002/047147844X.sw251

Water Encyclopedia

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How to Cite

Tompkins, M. R. 2005. Fishing Waters. Water Encyclopedia. 3:532–533.

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  1. University of California, Berkeley, California

Publication History

  1. Published Online: 15 JUL 2005


The term fishing waters refers to all bodies of water where fish are legally captured by humans. Fishing waters can be defined and regulated internationally, nationally, and locally. The four primary categories of fishing that occur in fishing waters are commercial, recreational, subsistence, and indigenous. More than one category of fishing can occur in a given fishing water, and extractive fishing does not have to occur in all fishing waters.


  • commercial fishing;
  • recreational fishing;
  • indigenous fishing;
  • subsistence fishing;
  • international fishing waters;
  • national fishing waters;
  • local fishing waters