American shad (Alosa sapidissima)
Shad are part of the herring family. They are large (females can weigh 12 pounds) but their bodies are slim, compressed vertically. They spawn at dusk in freshwater releasing their eggs directly into the river water. Juveniles grow near where they hatch and migrate to the ocean when temperatures drop in the fall.
Newfoundland to Florida
Shad may live to spawn more than once.
American shad profile (pdf - 931KB)
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