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This is great news from VA DGIF, more habitat equals more fish--dam removal and fish passage is fundamentally important for long-term restoration of migratory fishes. Opening up 127 miles of migratory fish habitat and improving recreational opportunities by removing one crumbling old dam is such a success story!

Other background info and photos of the dam and the removal are on the USFWS site:



First Hickory Shad & Alewife Found Upstream of Harvell Dam Since the 1700s!

It was an historic day on the Appomattox River! On March 26, 2015, VDGIF fisheries biologists Robbie Willis and Kirk Dunn collected seven hickory shad and two alewife near the Rt. 36 Bridge, on the Appomattox River near Petersburg. These are the first examples of these species to be collected upstream of the Harvell Dam since the 1700s! The Harvell Dam was breeched last year to allow anadromous fish to swim upstream unimpeded. Other target fish species we hope to see soon include American Shad, Blueback Herring, Striped Bass and the catadromous American Eel (they return as juveniles). Weekly monitoring will continue throughout the spring.

Watch our video from last summer on the removal of the 1930s-era concrete Harvell Dam. The demolition opened 127 miles of upstream habitat for migratory fish, such as American and Hickory Shad, and greatly enhanced recreational boating and fishing opportunities.

Photos show fish being collected and the removal of the Harvell Dam last summer.

Posted on March 27, 2015 at 11:02 AM
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