02 May 2013

• Shad, (Should Never Have Been Chosen to Be) the Connecticut State Fish

“Shad, the largest member of the herring family at nearly 2 feet long and weighing several pounds, spend most of their lives in the ocean, returning to New England's coastal rivers each spring to spawn in the waters where they were born.

”But the market for shad, and especially the tasty shad roe, has declined, as an older generation brought up on this seasonal delicacy passes on. Today, only a few boats go out on the river to lay drift nets for shad, where once there were scores of fishermen.”

Source: Courant.com

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