The Delaware Division of Fish and Wildlife recently announced that DNREC's Nanticoke Shad Hatchery produced and stocked more than 500,000 American shad fry this spring.
The hatchery, located on the banks of the Nanticoke River near Broad Creek, operates during the spring of the year to restore American shad numbers in the Nanticoke; Delaware's primary tributary to the Chesapeake Bay. The Division of Fish and Wildlife staff collected adult American shad from their spawning grounds on the Nanticoke River and Deep Creek. The fish were transported to the hatchery, where they were placed in a 4,000 gallon circular tank to spawn naturally.
American shad are ecologically important and provide a forage base for many predatory species such as striped bass and largemouth bass. Shad also provides recreational fishing opportunities as well.
Since 2000, the shad hatchery has stocked more than five million American shad in the Nanticoke River. For more information, call (302) 739-9914.