I usually use the word "collect" to say taking seafood from the water. Could I use the word "harvest" to say that?


"Harvesting seafood under the water is difficult."

Are there any other, better options? Perhaps "picking up" would fit.

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    I think "harvest" is the best word in the generic sense for "catching" molluscs and crustaceans for the table. What the French term Les fruits de mer, but excluding oysters Sep 25, 2016 at 9:19
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    Cockles (clams) in the UK are usually gathered by cockle pickers.
    – WS2
    Sep 25, 2016 at 9:38

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A quick search of Google Ngrams would suggest the following (in order of use):

  1. Harvest
  2. Collect
  3. Fish

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However, I wouldn't trust fish which I added in as a possibility, as it might not be used as a verb.

  • if you search for "fish seafood", you find mostly phrases like: "Never refreeze fish, seafood or fish products", "a fish / seafood restaurant", or other instances of both words being nouns.
    – DavePhD
    May 18, 2017 at 13:04

It depends on what you mean by seafood

There is the dictionary definition

The culinary definition

and this much longer list

Because of the variety of species which come under the heading of seafood and the differences in their lifestyles you need many different techniques to catch them.

This means that the only word which can be applied to the taking of all types of seafood is harvest.

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