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Characterizing habitat suitability for American Shad in the Yadkin-Pee Dee River


September 2011 - December 2013


In the Yadkin – Pee Dee River Basin in South Carolina and North Carolina, the extent of fish migrations has been greatly reduced by the presence of dams. Habitat loss due to dam construction is one of the factors contributing to declines of anadromous fish species along the Atlantic Coast. At present, there are no facilities for fish passage at Yadkin-Pee Dee dams, but options are being explored. The primary objective of this study is to characterize and evaluate the suitability of fish habitat upstream of dams on the Yadkin - Pee Dee River. Our focal species will be anadromous American shad Alosa sapidissima, with potential generalization to other species. Characterizing the suitability of habitat above the Yadkin – Pee Dee Hydroelectric Project dams is an important step in guiding diadromous fish passage and restoration efforts.


Current Staff

Federal Staff: 95

Masters Students: 239

Phd Students: 143

Post Docs: 53

University Staff: 239

5 Year Summary

Students graduated: 701

Scientific Publications: 1949

Presentations: 4261



Funding Agencies

  • Asheville Field Office


Cooperative Research Units Program Headquarters Cooperators

  1. U.S. Geological Survey