Restoring American Shad in New York

As part of an effort to restore American shad in New York, DEC Fisheries staff, in collaboration with the PA Fish and Boat Commission, recently stocked 322,000 American shad fry into the Susquehanna River in Endicott, NY. The eggs and milt were collected from Potomac River fish and reared at the Van Dyke State Fish Hatchery in Pennsylvania for 30 days before making their journey up to New York. Prior to stocking, fish were marked so in the event they’re recaptured, staff will be able to obtain useful information on fish growth, movement and stocking success. Stocking the shad further upstream will give them more time to grow larger, hopefully increasing their chance of survival and ultimately the success of restoring this migratory species.

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