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New move to save historic shad
New move to save historic shad

There's new help on the way for what used to be the Chesapeake Bay's most important fish, though how much good it will do remains to be seen. The Mid-Atlantic Fishery Management Council has enacted a first-ever cap on how many American shad and related fish that ocean-going fishing trawlers can catch by accident when going after other species such as Spanish Atlantic mackerel. Shad once thronged the Chesapeake every spring when they made their spawning runs up the bay's rivers from the Atlantic Ocean, but centuries of overfishing, pollution and habitat loss from construction of dams and other obstructions depleted them to the point that Maryland closed its fishery for them...

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