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American Shad

American Shad

Alosa sapidissima

American Shad once spawned in coastal streams in the watersheds of Long Island, Lower Hudson, Delaware, Upper Hudson, Susquehanna, and Chemung. It is a migratory species that spawns in freshwater and spends most of its life in the ocean. During the past century migratory paths were blocked in several watersheds and management agencies are attempting to restore them to the Susquehanna and Chemung watersheds. Remnant populations still migrate up the Hudson and Delaware Rivers.

Fish atlas map for American Shad.