Chesapeake Bay Week

Shad Run

Special | 25m 42s Video has closed captioning.

American shad were once so abundant in the Potomac River, people said the river would “run silver” each spring when they returned to spawn. By the 1970s, overfishing, pollution, and dam construction threatened American shad populations all over the east coast. This film chronicles the demise and triumphant return of this native fish, highlighting the citizens who refused to let them fade away.

Aired: 04/21/20

Expires: 04/21/22

Rating: NR

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