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A man and two women stand in a river holding a hose through which tiny fish flow
Left to right: Bob Zimmerman of the Charles River Watershed Association, U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service Northeast Regional Director Wendi Weber, and Massachusetts Department of Fish and Game Commissioner Mary Griffin.
Copyright Aram Boghosian for the Boston Globe

U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service and partners help restore shad to Charles River

WALTHAM – Wednesday, July 18, 2013 – Officials from the Massachusetts Department of Fish and Game’s  Division of Marine Fisheries and the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service released tens of thousands of American shad larvae into the Charles River in Waltham yesterday as part of a multi-year effort to restore native shad populations in Massachusetts rivers.

The goal of the American Shad Propagation Project in the Charles River is to restore viable populations of American shad to the river and create a local sport fishery. The project is a long-term collaborative effort between the state and the Service's Eastern New England Fishery Complex. It includes the development of a shad larvae stocking program in conjunction with fish passage improvements.

"We are pleased to work with the Commonwealth of Massachusetts, the Charles River Watershed Association and others to enhance American shad populations and improve habitat for other migratory fish,” said Wendi Weber, U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service Northeast Regional Director. “This partnership is resulting in encouraging returns of hatchery-reared fish to the Charles River, as well as providing improvements in fisheries science and technology that can be used in other watersheds.”

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Published on: Thursday, July 18,2013

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