Cobequid Bay Shad Fishery

Creator(s): Colchester Historical Museum and Archives

The Upper Bay of Fundy once teemed with shad during the summer months. When this resource was discovered, the shad fishery flourished, bringing a modest prosperity to the farmer-fishermen. As with all natural resource-based industries, the fishery was dependant on the abundance of shad. When shad numbers dropped due to pollution and the damming of spawning rivers, the fishery slowly declined until 1994, when the last license was issued. Our Community Stories exhibit explains the general setting of the area and the industrial activity of the time.

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