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Shad Resurgence Marks a Cleaner Delaware River

American shad were once so common that East Coast rivers were  described  as being “black” and “boiling” as tens of millions of fish  migrated  upstream each spring to spawn. Today, approximately 98 percent  of the  fish that formed a staple of the Colonial diet have been  depleted. In  rivers once teeming with shad, a daily catch is sometimes  counted in  the single digits………Shad — the name comes from the Latin,  Alosa sapidissima,  meaning “most delicious, or savory, herring” — are just one part of  this larger effort, but a critical part. The fish is considered a marker  for the overall health of the rivers and tribu……..Protecting the Fisheries…….Historical Comparisons…..Midwater Trawling…….Hydraulic Fracturing……..Removing Dams…….Rescuing the Raritan River…….A Holistic Approach……..Climbing the Ladder…..  http://www.wnyc.org/articles/new-jersey-news/2012/sep/24/shad-resurgence-marks-cleaner-delaware-river/