It's Shad Week!

AWS Conservation Biologist Jorge Bogantes Montero with a North American Shad from the Potomac River.

The Anacostia Watershed Society's Education team has been working with several local schools this week to restore the North American Shad population in the Anacostia River through the Shad Restoration Project in partnership with Living Classrooms.  First, the eggs are harvested from shad caught in the Potomac River.  Next, the fertilized eggs are delivered to the classrooms where the students are able to watch the shad fry hatch.  Finally, at the end of the week the students release the baby shad into the Anacostia River.  The shad will return to the place where they were first introduced in the river to spawn, so this will help to increase their population in the Anacostia.

Students getting ready to release their shad fry into the Anacostia River.

All afternoon today students will be out along the banks of the Anacostia releasing thousands of shad fry.  Stay tuned for pictures from this year's Shad Week!  In the mean time, be sure to check out photos on our Facebook page and the video below from last year's Shad Week.



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