Shad Facts

April 2007
New York State Conservationist;Apr2007, Vol. 61 Issue 5, p11
The article offers information on the American shad. American shads are the largest of New York's herring, with adults averaging 20 to 23 inches in length and four to six pounds in weight. They eat small creatures floating in the water such as shrimp, zooplankton, insects and small fish. These fishes are anadromous, meaning they spend the bulk of their lives in the ocean and only return to freshwater to reproduce.


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