What's that in the river? The silvery American shad travels every year from
the ocean to signal spring, to inspire Festivals, and to be eaten by many happy fishermen and their families.
Steve Meserve, from the Lewis Shad Fishery in Lambertviile, New Jersey, demonstrates gearing a shad net at the 2004
Smithsonian Folklife Festival. Image courtesy Smithsonian Institution.
Did the shad really save George Washington and his troops from starvation? Learn more about this and other
facts with the links below:
Explore a shad scavenger hunt
Navigate a shad maze
Design your own Shad Festival t-shirt
Read all about shad