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DEC announces Lake Ontario fisheries public meetings

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Tue, Oct 22nd 2019 04:55 pm

Biologists will discuss status of Lake Ontario’s alewife population

New York State Department of Environmental Conservation Commissioner Basil Seggos announced upcoming public meetings on the status of Lake Ontario’s alewife population and the salmon and trout fisheries it supports.

Public meetings will be held in November in Oswego, Niagara, and Monroe counties. An online meeting will also be held to provide additional opportunity for public participation.

“Lake Ontario and its tributaries provide world-class salmon and trout angling opportunities,” Seggos said. “Salmon and trout fishing in Lake Ontario has been outstanding this season, and DEC remains committed to ensuring that the ecological, recreational and economic benefits of this sport fishery are sustained through science-based management practices.”

Alewife are small forage fish that make up a significant portion of salmon and trout diets in Lake Ontario, especially Chinook salmon. During the meetings, biologists from DEC and the U.S. Geologic Survey will present the latest science that will help guide DEC and the Province of Ontario determine trout and salmon stocking levels for 2020. The public will have the opportunity to ask questions and provide feedback.

Locally, a meeting will be held from 6:30-9 p.m. Wednesday, Nov. 13, at Cornell Cooperative Extension Building, 4487 Lake Ave., Lockport.

The online meeting will take place from 6:30-9 p.m. Thursday, Nov. 14. To join the meeting, click here. If asked for a meeting number or a password, use the following meeting number (641 790 213) or password (PCVMcPX3). Upon joining the meeting, the caller will be prompted to connect to audio using their computer. Those who prefer to connect to audio via phone may do so by calling this toll free number: 1-844-633-8697, access code: 641 790 213.

Those who cannot attend a meeting can still provide comments via email at [email protected]. For more information, contact Chris Legard at 315-654-2147 or by mail to DEC Lake Ontario Unit Leader at the Cape Vincent Fisheries Station.

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