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Shad / Allis Shad (Alosa alosa)

A round white fish of the herring family, but generally larger - reaching a length of up to 60cm. Shads are rare around Britain, but fairly common around Southern Ireland and down the west coast of Europe. They are unusual in the fact that they migrate up rivers to spawn. On the western side of the Atlantic, they range from Labrador to Florida.

If found, they can be treated in the same way as herrings, but as they are bigger, so are the bones, and these can be a fiddle if not removed. See 'Herring'; 'Twaite Shad'

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