Saturday, March 15, 2008

Where are the Shad?

I haven't seen shad or shad roe in the fish case of our supermarket yet, which is a bit odd -- in years past, it has come in earlier than the local run, in late January and February instead of March and April, which means the fish are being caught in the so-called intercept fishery in the ocean or in rivers much further south (come to think of it, I seem to recall hearing that the intercept fishery has been banned, or severely curtailed, for fear that it was preventing shad from reaching their spawning streams).

In any case, there are so few shad left in the Hudson that New York State is further restricting the number of days that the handful of commercial fishermen who are left can catch them. Sad.

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