Physical structures that hinder or block the movement of migratory fish to their historic spawning grounds are one of the most important factors in the decline of American shad, brook trout and other fish species. Removing dams or installing fish lifts, ladders and other passageways can allow migratory fish to return to their spawning and nursery grounds and allow resident fish to move freely through streams.
- Read the Management Strategy (pdf)
- Download the 2020-2021 fish passage logic and action plan Work Plan (pdf)
Continually increase available habitat to support sustainable migratory fish populations in Chesapeake Bay freshwater rivers and streams. By 2025, restore historical fish migratory routes by opening 1,000 additional stream miles, with restoration success indicated by the consistent presence of alewife, blueback herring, American shad, hickory shad, American eel and brook trout, to be monitored in accordance with available agency resources and collaboratively developed methods.
Lead Goal Implementation Team(s)
Partner Goal Implementation Team(s)
State of Maryland
Commonwealth of Pennsylvania
Commonwealth of Virginia
Chesapeake Bay Commission
National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA)
U.S. Army Corps of Engineers (USACE)
U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service (USFWS)
U.S. Geological Survey (USGS)
Jennifer Greiner, Habitat Goal Implementation Team Coordinator
410 Severn Avenue
Annapolis, Maryland 21403
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