The New Jersey DEP Division of Fish and Wildlife recently announced new regulations for American shad in fresh waters of the state.
The new regulations, coupled with regulation changes for marine waters, became effective January 1, 2013
All American shad fisheries (both commercial and recreational), in both marine and fresh waters, with the exception of the Delaware Bay, Delaware River and its tributaries, are closed (no possession, take or harvest).
The recreational possession limit in the Delaware Bay, Delaware River and its tributaries is 3 fish with no minimum size and an open season all year.
New Jersey's American shad regulations were taken to comply with Amendment 3 to the Atlantic States Marine Fisheries Commission (ASMFC) management plan for American shad and river herring.
Working in conjunction with state partners from the Delaware River Basin Fish and Wildlife Management Cooperative (CO-OP), a sustainability plan for American shad was developed for the Delaware River estuary and subsequently approved by ASMFC's Shad and River Herring Board.
source: NJ DEP Division of Fish and Wildlife
New Jersey American Shad Regulations (Delaware Bay, Delaware River)