(U.S. Atlantic, Gillnet)
American shad populations are at an all-time low as a result of overfishing and loss of important freshwater spawning habitat. Because the species shows no signs of recovery, consumers should avoid shad.
Atlantic Shad, Shad, White Shad
American shad are sold as filets as well as roe. Both are available for a short period in the spring when adult shad return to spawn in freshwater streams.
American shad are born in freshwater streams from the St. Lawrence River in Canada to Florida. As adults, they migrate to the open ocean. Like salmon, they return to the streams where they were born to spawn.
Shad are impacted not only by fishing, but also by severe degradation of their freshwater spawning habitat. Populations of American shad are severely depleted. Many are at an all-time low and continue to decline.
Seafood Watch recommends that consumers avoid purchasing American shad, including shad roe.