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    Q: Name all the anadromous fish species that live their lives in saltwater but spawn in freshwater, in the Delaware River Watershed.

    The catch: They all must be catchable with a hook and line in either freshwater, saltwater, or both.

    *Hint #1: They all must enter the watershed through the Delaware Bay (duh).

    *Hint #2: They don't HAVE to spawn in the actual Delaware River. The watershed includes more than just the Big D (hint hint hint, for y'all Millbillies). But they MUST spawn in freshwater.

    *Hint #3: I can think of seven possible species for the Delaware River Watershed. There may be more, though.

    Bonus Q (for four trillion points): Name the catadromous fish species that lives it's life in the Delaware River but goes out to the ocean to spawn.



    [ 01-22-2004, 08:08 AM: Message edited by: Fly Ty R ]
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    Bonus question- American Eel?

    Some anadromous-
    Striped Bass, American Shad, Hickory Shad, Atlantic Herring, Sturgeon (American?)

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    I'll add the Lamprey and guess White Perch

    American eels do the opposite.
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    I'm going to take a stab at this an say there are some trout mixed in also. I remember reading about some tagged fish that were stocked in the Musky and/or Pequest have been caught as far south as Trenton on the Big D. I'm sure they may have gone farther down stream in search of food.

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    Sturgeon

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    Stripers and how about shad.

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    All good answers.

    Catadromous fish - American Eel - correct
    Anadromous fish-
    1. Striped bass - correct
    2. White perch - correct
    3. American/White shad - correct
    4. Hickory shad - correct (If not in the Big D, then in the Maurice and Cohansey Rivers, which are in the watershed)
    5. Atlantic herring - correct
    6. Atantic sturgeon- correct
    7. Trout (Sea-run Browns, possible steelhead) -correct
    8. Lamprey - Correct, although I don't think it can be counted. I'm not sure they can be caught (legally) with a hook and line in the mouth. They can be snagged, however.

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    Ok, so that's 7, possibly 8. It's more than I thought of originally, but there are still two more I can think of that haven't been listed.

    *Hint: One is common, genus Alosa, and another is an uncommon coldwater fish for this area (can't give the genus, it will give it away too easily).

    [ 01-22-2004, 01:05 PM: Message edited by: Fly Ty R ]
    "Eventually, all things merge into one, and a river runs through it...
    I am haunted by waters" -Norman Maclean

    "Bill, strange things are afoot at the Circle-K" - Ted "Theodore" Logan

    The more you learn, the less you really know...
    think about that

    Ecclesiastes 10:2
    The heart of the wise inclines to the right,
    but the heart of the fool to the left.

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    Shouldn't all the shad be in one pick.

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    Not really. I was thinking about just lumping them all together, but some species go up and spawn in the main river, while others spawn in tributaries and such. White/American shad and hickory shad don't really spawn in the same places or travel together, so I don't count them as the same thing.

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    Well, I let 24 hours go by, so I guess no one else has a guess. The other two species I was thinking of are:

    9. Alewife herring
    10. Atlantic Salmon (yes, there are salmon in the Delaware, but not many. Traditionally the Big D had a salmon run, but that stopped a century ago from overharvesting and pollution. The ones today are remnants of a stocking program from years ago that never took off. Some are still caught today, so part of the program obviously worked). I couldn't give the genus of this one because it's Salmo, way too easy.
    "Eventually, all things merge into one, and a river runs through it...
    I am haunted by waters" -Norman Maclean

    "Bill, strange things are afoot at the Circle-K" - Ted "Theodore" Logan

    The more you learn, the less you really know...
    think about that

    Ecclesiastes 10:2
    The heart of the wise inclines to the right,
    but the heart of the fool to the left.

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    Very good quiz!

    Does catching a fish with a lamprey attached count?
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    Winter is pretty long. What Quiz number will we be up to on the first day of spring? Will we run out of questions before the warm weather gets here?

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