American Shad: Present

Although stocking of American shad stopped in 2017, the DWR continues its annual monitoring efforts for this species and other anadromous fish in Virginia’s waterways.

Other ongoing restoration efforts for American shad include fish passage projects throughout the Commonwealth to either remove or provide fishway access through man-made dams, reopening hundreds of miles of upstream access to migrating fish.

The DWR also works with a variety of partners to reduce upland erosion, and to prevent in-stream impacts to migrating fish and to limit anadromous fish losses associated with water intakes and discharges.

  • March 31, 2022