Shad making a big comeback in Delaware River

new jersey environment, delaware river

CHRISTINA TATU / MORNING CALL – American shad are making a strong comeback in the Delaware River, with a new study counting more than 24,000 juveniles — the highest in nearly four decades.

Surveys conducted by the New Jersey Department of Environmental Protection in the spring also counted 1,262 migrating adult shad, the ninth largest overall number in 92 years of surveying.

Officials from Pennsylvania’s Fish and Boat Commission say their data is still being tallied. But Pennsylvania is seeing a similar rebound, attributed to factors such as improved water quality and the removal of dams along the Delaware that hindered shad from getting to spawning areas …

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