DEC announced the release of the draft Recovery Plan for Hudson River American Shad and invites stakeholders to submit public comments on the plan through May 2, 2022.
American shad is an economically and ecologically important migratory fish species that once supported a robust fishery in the Hudson River. Decades of intense fishing pressure coupled with years of low reproduction and non-fishing-related mortality events have further impacted the stock’s resilience and exacerbated declines.
Highlights of the draft recovery plan include:
- Annual monitoring to support an up-to-date understanding of Hudson River American shad stock status;
- Short and long-term recovery goals and benchmarks; and
- Fishery reopening thresholds that would prompt the development of a Sustainable Fishery Management Plan.
Submit comments, questions, or requests for copies of the draft plan by email with the subject line “Shad Recovery Plan” to firstname.lastname@example.org or by mail to ElizaBeth Streifeneder, NYSDEC – Hudson River Fisheries Unit, 21 S. Putt Corners Rd., New Paltz, NY 12561. Comments will be accepted through May 2, 2022. Contact (845) 633-5466 for additional questions regarding how to submit comments.
Visit DEC’s website for more information about American shad.