The Hudson is home to many globally important fish populations including perch, shad, striped bass, sturgeon, herring, and eels. Once sources of food to communities living along the banks of the River and Estuary, these populations have been depleted over time by overfishing and by pollution.
The Hudson River Foundation’s commitment to studying and effectively managing fisheries dates back to our founding. The legal settlement that created the Foundation arose to address the impact of power plant intakes on the Hudson’s fish populations. As a result, the Foundation’s early investments in research were heavily centered on fisheries, in particular signature finfish species. We continue to work with and fund scientists to learn more about this important ecosystem and integrate that information into policies and practices used by fisheries and other resource managers. Our support of the Hudson River Biological Monitoring Program will ensure that management decisions are driven by data and the best scientific understanding.