DEC’s aquatic invasive species team has been coordinating surveys to detect and map invasive species in New York State’s waters. Surveys help to better understand invasive species infestations and inform DEC’s management efforts. [Read more…] about Invasive Species Survey Efforts Help Protect NY Waters
Since 2018, all of New York’s 12 artificial reef sites have received recycled materials that are cleaned of contaminants and approved for use in the marine environment for reef building. Hard, durable materials such as rock, concrete, and steel are strategically placed on the seafloor for reef habitat enhancement. [Read more…] about The Largest Expansion of Artificial Reefs in State History
Each fall, staff from New York State’s Catskill and Randolph hatcheries conduct the annual fall egg collections for domestic trout stocks. Both facilities use light control to get the fish to spawn earlier in the year than they would naturally. (In the wild, brown trout and brook trout normally don’t spawn until November.). This allows fish culturists to get an earlier start in rearing the next year class of trout to be stocked. [Read more…] about DEC Starting Fall Domestic Fish Egg Collections
New York residents can fish for free on Saturday, September 26th. The date is National Hunting and Fishing Day, celebrated each year to promote traditional outdoor activities.
On free fishing days, New York residents and non-residents may fish for free without a fishing license. The final free fishing day for 2020 will take place on Veterans Day, November 11. [Read more…] about Free Fishing Day in New York State on Saturday
Each fall, tributaries to the Great Lakes and Lake Champlain are home to salmon returning to spawn. This can make for some exciting fish watching as salmon move upstream and jump or otherwise navigate various obstructions on their way to their desired spawning sites. [Read more…] about DEC Announces Actions to Protect Salmon River Fish Populations
The Lake Champlain Basin Program (LCBP) is seeking proposals for projects that will reduce pollution from storm water runoff in the Lake Champlain watershed.
The LCBP will fund projects that install large-scale best management practices (BMPs) or provide planning and prioritization for future on-the-ground storm water treatment projects. As much as $500,000 in total is available to support projects through the Request for Proposals released this week. [Read more…] about Champlain Pollution Reduction Proposals Sought
New York State Department of Environmental Conservation (DEC) has encouraged anglers in the Delaware River to be on the lookout for northern snakehead, an invasive fish native to Southeast Asia.
A northern snakehead was recently caught in the Callicoon area of the Delaware River. Given the right environmental conditions, this invasive species can prey on and compete with other fish, upsetting the natural balance of local ecosystems. [Read more…] about Northern Snakehead Sightings In The Delaware River
In these difficult financial times, many people are expanding their options for putting food on the table (or in the freezer). One of the most abundant sources of food has been, and continues to be, in the lakes, ponds, and streams near our homes. [Read more…] about Fishing and Food Security: From Stream To Table
Fish barrier dams are considered an essential tool for the protection of native and restored fish communities from non-native species that could devastate the current native fish populations.
Summer is the season for being on the water, and a canoe or kayak is the perfect way to explore the many ponds, slow-moving rivers and marshes that exist throughout New York State. While these shallow, muddy-bottomed settings may not be great for swimming, the rusty-tan water occasionally covered with patches of floating leaves and strands of submerged vegetation does teem with life. Among the residents of these quiet, weedy waterways is the redbelly dace (Phoxinus eos), a common and widespread member of the minnow family of fish. [Read more…] about New York Fish: The Redbelly Dace