The job of DEC’s Fisheries staff does not end in the winter.
Technicians are busy maintaining equipment and replenishing supplies needed for the next field season. That means everything from repairing boats and electrofishing gear, to tackling the never-ending job of building and repairing nets, to ordering replacements for holey waders. They also assist biologists with aging fish scales and finalizing field data.
Biologists stay busy analyzing data collected during the previous field season. They then use this information to write reports and fisheries management plans and provide management recommendations. Biologists also plan the following field season.
For some Fisheries staff, the field season doesn’t end when the snow begins. Conducting ice fishing or tributary creel surveys and posting public fishing rights (PFR) are just some of the winter field activities.
Photo of DEC Fisheries staff conductiong ice fishing surveys provided.