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Fish Species Description

Blueback herring

Alosa aestivalis

(Mitchill, 1814)


Order: Clupeiformes
Family: Clupeidae
Alternate Names: blueback shad, river herring


Marine, brackish, freshwater

blueback herring Region Map


Introduced to Tennessee and Chattahoochee Reservoirs. In Georgia, native in Atlantic slope drainages.

Basin Distribution in Georgia:

In Georgia, occurs in the Tennessee, Chattahoochee, Ocmulgee, Altamaha, and Savannah River basins.

Additional Information from
Georgia Department of Natural Resources:

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