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NJ - Lambertville: Lewis Shad Fishery

Lewis Shad Fishery, located on Holcombe Island, was started by Richard Holcombe circa 1771. In 1888, William Lewis assumed he responsibility of the fishery and after his passing, his son, Fred Lewis and crew have continued the tradition.


The town of Lambertsville held their 31st Annual Shad Festival on the weekend of April 28-29, 2012. The American shad (Alosa sapidissima), also known as the Delaware, Susquehanna, or American Shad, is an anadromous fish spending most of its life in the saltwater, but migrating each spring into rivers stretching from Florida to Canada to spawn. During the 1970s, heavy pollution had driven the shad away from the Delaware River. But following environmental cleanup efforts, the shad returned and every year since 1981, Lambertville has celebrated the local ecology and the onset of spring.

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Taken on April 28, 2012