For Immediate Release - June 27, 2011

Wildlife Officials to Release Thousands of American Shad Fry into Charles River on Wednesday

Media Advisory

First returning adult shad already seen in river this year

WHAT:

On Wednesday, as part of a multi-year effort to restore native shad to the Charles River watershed, the Massachusetts Department of Fish and Game's (DFG) Division of Marine Fisheries and the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service (USFWS) will release tens of thousands of American shad fry into the river. Wildlife officials plan to release about 3,000,000 fry into the Charles this year. Personnel on hand will explain the development of the program, which began in 2006. Adult shad will also be available for viewing and photographs.

WHO:

DFG Commissioner Mary Griffin
USFWS Eastern New England Fishery Resources Complex Manager Joe McKeon
Charles River Watershed Association Executive Director Bob Zimmerman

WHEN:

Wednesday June 29, 2011 1 p.m.

WHERE:

Avenue Boat Access Facility, Waltham (across the street from 48 Woerd Avenue)

DIRECTIONS:

From Boston: Take I-90 / Mass Pike West toward Worcester. At exit 16, take ramp right for Route 16 toward W. Newton / Wellesley. Turn right onto Route 16 East / Washington St. Turn left to stay on Route 16 East / Washington St. Bear left onto Elm Street for 0.3 mile. Then bear left onto River Street for 0.6 mile. Road name changes to Rumford Ave. Turn right onto Woerd Ave for 0.2 mile. Boat Launch facility is on the left. If you reach Crescent Street, you've gone too far.

From Route I-95 (coming from the North): Take I-95 South. At exit 26, take ramp right for US-20 / Weston St West toward Waltham. Turn left to stay on US-20 / Weston Street East. Bear right onto Vernon Street, then turn right onto Prospect Street and another right onto Crescent Street. After 0.4 mile, turn right onto Woerd Ave. Boat Launch facility is on the right. If you reach Riverview Ave, you've gone too far.

From I-95 (coming from the South): Take I-95 North. At exit 22, take ramp right for Grove Street toward M.B.T.A. Station. Bear right onto Grove Street. Turn right to stay on Grove Street. Then turn left onto Central Street. Stay straight onto Auburn Street / Richard Allen Likely Bridge for 0.1 mile; then stay straight onto Lexington Street. Turn left onto Rumford Ave. Turn right onto Woerd Ave. The Boat Launch facility is on the left. If you reach Crescent Street, you've gone too far.

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