Shad 2001: A Conference on the Status and Conservation of Shads Worldwide

Baltimore, Maryland USA

20-23 May, 2001


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Karin Limburg

State University of New York

College of Environmental Science and Forestry

One Forestry Way

Syracuse NY 13210


(315) 470-6741


John Waldman

Hudson River Foundation

40 West 20th St 9th Fl

New York, NY 10011


(212) 924-8290



Shads (Clupeidae: subfamily Alosinae) constitute a cosmopolitan group of fishes that exploit a wide range of habitats worldwide. Many of the 30+ species in this subfamily currently support or have historically supported important commercial fisheries. Now, in the 21st century, as the mounting pressures of human population growth and pollution continue to impinge on natural ecosystems, many of these alosine species are experiencing serious declines. Some are locally extinct in large areas of their historic range and are threatened in the remainder. The triumvirate assaults of habitat loss or degradation, pollution, and overharvesting could eventually result in global extinction of many species. We convened an international meeting to assess the status of alosines worldwide. The purpose is five-fold: (1) to bring up to date the systematics of the group, including new information on phylogenies and distribution of species; (2) to describe the status (population estimates, life history characteristics, exploitation, habitat and pollution status) of individual species; (3) to synthesize global trends in shad populations; (4) to develop recommendations for management strategies, and importantly, (5) to form a network of collaborators, in research and management, to work to sustain shads, their habitats, and their dependent fisheries. The format was based upon a highly successful conference held in 1994 to assess the global status of sturgeons.  The shad meeting was held at the National Aquarium in Baltimore, Maryland USA.  It is a world-class facility that has been host to a number of fisheries conferences in the past. Participants had the opportunity to tour the displays and meet with some of the personnel.  In addition, there was a field trip that included viewing a state-of-the-art fish lift at the Conowingo Dam and a traditional shad-bake. We will publish the proceedings, most likely as a special issue of a refereed scientific journal.



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