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Shad Run

Genre: DocumentaryLocal Film/Local FilmmakerWomen DirectorsWorld Premiere2018
Director: Ben Dorger and Becky Harlan
Length: 26 minutes  |  Country of Origin:US

By the 1970s, shad fish numbers were so low that even the most seasoned anglers went home from a day on the river empty-handed. Overfishing, pollution, and a loss of habitat brought on by the construction of dams, threatened American shad not only in the Potomac but all over the east coast. This short documentary film chronicles the abundance, demise, and triumphant return of a native fish, highlighting the citizens who refused to let them fade away and those who are still united by the quest to fish the Potomac’s renowned shad run.