Driven forward by an interesting urge to perpetuate its kind, the shad, North Carolina's most valuable food fish, travels probably hundreds of miles from the Atlantic Ocean into fresh water to deposit its eggs. However, it is this migratory habit of the shad which is threatening it existence. Through all the lanes of travel, shad are being overfished. This overfishing is leading to a decrease in the shad industry. This decrease has led to the proposal for the construction of shad rearing ponds at the Edenton hatchery, endorsed by the Bureau of Fisheries and the Department of Conservation and Development.