May 27, 2008

Susquehanna shad down 90 percent

CONOWINGO, Md. (Examiner, AP) - American shad are in trouble, and on the Susquehanna River, scientists say the fish population has dropped more than 90 percent over the last seven years.
The shad's decline up and down the East Coast has alarmed biologists and led to calls for new fishing limits or moratoriums to protect the silvery, oily fish once so common it was a staple of the Colonial-era American diet. Link

Such a mystery!

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