CT River Shad Return in Record Numbers
June 14, 2012
Hartford Courant: “You have to go back to 1992 to find a shad run this strong,” said David G. Simpson, director of marine fisheries for the state Department of Energy and Environmental Protection. “This is great news.”
Simpson said the river estimate is based on a count of 480,254 shad lifted over the Holyoke dam as of Monday. Biologists typically double the Holyoke count to arrive at a total estimate of returning shad, because schools of fish are known to spawn well below the dam, such as in quiet stretches of the river in Rocky Hill and Glastonbury.