Average Commercial Landings and Value 1997-2006 – 114,489 lbs./$23,263
2006 Commercial Landings and Value – 54,784 lbs./$10,636
Average Recreational Landings 1997-2006 – unknown, 2006 - unknown
Average Recreational Commercial Gear License Landings 2002-2006 – 15,555 lbs.,
Status of Fishery Management Plan (FMP) - The Atlantic States Marine Fisheries Commission (ASMFC) FMP for Shad and River Herring was approved in 1985 and Amendment 1 of this plan was approved in October 1998. DMF currently does not have a hickory shad assessment program.
Research and Data Needs - All types of fishery dependent and independent data
Current Regulations (2007) – No size limit; Harvest season and recreational creel limit
Harvest Season - The Marine Fisheries Commission (MFC) adopted a rule in 1995 establishing a commercial harvest season January 1-April 14; it is unlawful to take hickory shad and American shad by any method except hook-and-line from April 15-December 31. The recreational bag limits for hickory (and American) shad are 10-fish aggregate (hickory and American combined) per person per day.
Historical and Current Maximum Age - 8 years
Juvenile Abundance Index 1997-2006 - (unvalidated) - 0.20, 2006 - 0.01
Habits and Habitats - Hickory shad are anadromous, spending the majority of their life in the ocean, returning to fresh water to spawn. Spawning occurs from March - May in the coastal rivers and tributaries. It is thought juvenile hickory shad do not use the same nursery areas as river herring and American shad, but move quickly to more saline waters. Hickory shad will remain in the ocean until reaching sexual maturity, returning to fresh water to spawn.
For more information, contact Kathy Rawls at firstname.lastname@example.org (800-338-7805 or 252-264-3911).
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