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moratorium since 1998

Acipenser brevirostrum

shortnose sturgeon

Anad

Commercial

None

Increasing

Federally endangered

Anguilla rostrata

American eel

Catad

Commercial

None

Declining range-wide

None

Alosa sapidissima

American shad

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Major commercial

Minor commercial

Declining

Commercial restrictions

Alosa mediocris

hickory shad

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None

None

Increasing range-wide

None

Alosa pseudoharengus

alewife

Anad

Minor commercial

Commercial (for bait)

Stable to declining

Commercial restrictions

Alosa aestivalis

blueback herring

Anad

Minor commercial

Commercial (for bait)

Stable

Commercial restrictions

Osmerus mordax

rainbow smelt

Anad

Recreational netting

None

Declining

None

Migrogadus tomcod

Atlantic tomcod

Anad

Minor angling

Minor angling

Declining

None

Morone saxatilis

striped bass

Anad

Major commercial

Major angling

Stable to increasing

Angling restrictions

Life history mode: Amph =

amphidromous, Anad =

anadromous, Catad

= catadromous. Conservation status refers to special restrictions beyond consumption advisories.

Synopses about certain of the Hudson River's di-adromous fishes can be found in Barnthouse et al. (1988), andSmith (1988; 1992). In this paper I briefly summarize the life histories ofthe Hudson's diadro-mous fishes, focusing on recent findings, conservation concerns, and status and trends. I also explore commonalities and differences among them and point to questions in their biology that would benefit from further research. The species are presented inphylogenetic order (Nelson, 1976) byfamily.

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