7/21/03 - This group of 5 pictures was received from Mike Brown of the Maine Dept. of Marine Resources,
21 State House Station, Augusta, Me 04333. Mike (Red shirt) and Breece Sleeper are state biologists who have been conducting a study of American Shad in the Androscoggin River in the tailrace of the Brunswick hydropower station in Brunswick, Maine. Fish were caught on rod and reel using darts and spoons. They were carefully unhooked and some were tagged and a few large roes were fitted with radio transmitters. The transmitters are inserted down the throat into the shad's stomach, and the antenna wire loops out the mouth trailing along the side. Results are pending. Studies such as these and fish counts done by many states provide valuable information to monitor the shad runs to identify potential problems so remedial action can be taken when necessary to maintain healthy shad fisheries in our rivers. Such efforts by the states should be applauded and encouraged.
Here is my last shad picture taken on June 30, 2003 on a trip to Dingman's Ferry late in the season with Steve Andrusiak - Guide Extrodinaire.