Alosa alosa

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Shad are an anadromous species found primarily in the Solway Firth in southwestern Scotland. Shad spawn in rivers, and then the juveniles head out to sea to feed on crustaceans and small fish for several years before returning to the river to spawn. Shad used to be subject to commercial fisheries which significantly damaged their populations, however British law now prohibits fishing for them. Scottish Natural Heritage lists water quality deterioration as the main threat to this species at present.

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