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Baby shad released into the Charles River

WALTHAM — Three hundred thousand baby shad, thin as a hair and the length of a fingernail, zoomed out of a hose into the Charles River in Waltham on Wednesday, sent to repopulate waters where they once abounded.

The release is the seventh of eight scheduled this summer as part of a multiyear effort to restore native American shad, a fish in the herring family, to the Charles River watershed. More than 3 million shad larvae will be released in 2013, bringing the total to 23 million released since 2006.

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