Shad fisheries

Lower Cooper River

Shad fisheries

Pennsauken Township, New Jersey 08109, United States

Created By: Camden County Historical Society

Point of Interest Details

fisheries were Camden’s first industries as shown on the circa 1810 map above. Fishermen caught shad by the ton along the shore near the confluence of the Cooper and Delaware. John McPhee’s The Founding Fish traced the shad’s demise starting with the Lenape and early settlers spearing schools of spawning shad herded into weirs in the early 1800s to when gill nets were invented allowing fishing farther from shore. The shad harvest peaked in the early 1900s then began to collapse from overfishing and river pollution.

This point of interest is part of the tour: Lower Cooper River


 

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