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Identification of American shad spawning habitat in the Pee Dee River, North Carolina and South Carolina

Riffle habitat in upper Pee Dee River


September 2009 - December 2010


As part of the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission (FERC) relicensing application, future transport and volitional passage structures for anadromous fish, such as American shad, are being considered for Blewett Falls Dam. Identification and description of presently used spawning habitat could help evaluate the potential of upstream habitat to support spawning American shad.

Project Objectives:

1) Delineate main spawning areas for American shad in the Pee Dee River.

2) Identify characteristics of spawning habitat, including temperature, dissolved oxygen, current velocity and substrate type to evaluate habitat selection in this river, as well as to help update/validate the habitat suitability model presently in revision for American shad.

Research Products and Activities

Peer Reviewed Publications

  • Harris, J. E., and J. E. Hightower. 2011. Identification of American shad spawning sites and habitat use in the Pee Dee River, North Carolina and South Carolina. North American Journal of Fisheries Management 31:1019-1033.

Current Staff

Federal Staff: 95

Masters Students: 238

Phd Students: 144

Post Docs: 54

University Staff: 239

5 Year Summary

Students graduated: 673

Scientific Publications: 1905

Presentations: 4235



Funding Agencies

  • National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration


Cooperative Research Units Program Headquarters Cooperators

  1. U.S. Geological Survey