However, that should not imply that we are not concerned about protecting these fascinating species. Both are protected under national and European law and international convention. It is an offence to kill intentionally, injure or take the rarer Allis Shad, although fishing for Twaite Shad is allowed.
The Environment Agency recognises the lack of powers to regulate fishing for shad and has recommended to the group currently reviewing freshwater fisheries legislation that we be given this responsibility.
Environment Agency, Bristol