Gizzard shad swimming up the James River to spawn

Richmond Times-Dispatch environmental reporter Rex Springston points out a welcome sign of spring: gizzard shad make their way up the James River in Richmond to spawn. See the story and video on timesdispatch.com:

Take a moment today to thank a lowly fish called the gizzard shad. The silvery, 15-inch creature has two claims to fame: It feeds fish that people enjoy catching, like blue catfish, and it helps announce spring by swimming up the James River this time of year to spawn.

Numerous gizzard shad had the good taste Friday to entertain onlookers by bunching up and swirling at Pipeline Rapids near Shockoe Slip in downtown Richmond. Spawning migrations will continue into May and will include more famous — and more tasty — fish such as the American shad and the river herring.

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