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DEC to participate in 2024 Greater Niagara Fishing and Outdoor Expo Feb. 15-18


Mon, Feb 12th 2024 09:25 pm

Fisheries biologists to host open house and participate in multiple outreach events

New York State Department of Environmental Conservation Commissioner Basil Seggos today invited the public to visit the DEC Bureau of Fisheries' angler outreach programs at the upcoming Greater Niagara Fishing and Outdoor Expo. The event runs from Feb. 15-18 at the Niagara Falls Conference Center.

“Freshwater fishing in New York state is thriving, and the Great Lakes region offers anglers some of the world's best fishing destinations,” Seggos said. “DEC is proud to be part of the Greater Niagara Fishing and Outdoor Expo where anglers of all ages and experience levels can learn more about this region's incredible sportfishing opportunities.”

In addition to DEC’s annual informational booth open throughout the event, DEC will host its popular “open house” program from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. Saturday, Feb. 17. During the open house, expo attendees will have the opportunity to talk one-on-one with subject matter experts about a variety of the fisheries management topics, including:

  • Lake Ontario – open lake;
  • Lake Ontario tributaries including the Salmon River;
  • Lake Erie and tributaries;
  • Niagara River and St. Lawrence River;
  • Salmon River hatchery and fish stocking;
  • Inland fisheries;
  • Great Lakes Research Vessels; and
  • The HuntFishNY smart phone app and “Tackle Box” feature.

Anglers can also attend a seminar Friday afternoon to learn about the new genetic marking program that DEC is using to differentiate between wild and stocked Chinook salmon in Lake Ontario. DEC fisheries managers will participate in the evening Salmon School and Walleye School on Feb. 16, giving attendees additional opportunities to interact with agency staff in an informal one-on-one setting.

A press release noted, “In addition, the expo includes a panel discussion with DEC and Lake Ontario fish advisory panel members, during which anglers can ask questions about how DEC and this group of volunteers are collaborating to improve trout and salmon fishing on Lake Ontario. 

“DEC staff are also supporting an interactive ‘Kids Fishing Clinic’ from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. Sunday, Feb. 18, to introduce future generations of anglers to the sport of fishing.”

For signup information or to learn more about the fishing clinic, visit https://niagarafishingexpo.com/super-kids-fishing-clinic/. For general event and ticket information, visit https://niagarafishingexpo.com/.

DEC added, “Freshwater fishing in New York state is thriving and generates significant benefits to local economies. The National Survey of Fishing, Hunting, and Wildlife-Associated Recreation estimates that 2.2 million state residents (nearly 1.8 million) and nonresidents (nearly 500,000) age 16 and older fished in New York in 2022, accounting for 20.2 million fishing trips and 29 million days spent fishing. Overall, anglers in New York spent $7.8 billion in 2022 on trip-related expenses and equipment. Of the 2.2 million anglers, 77% freshwater fished, accounting for 65% of the total fishing trips and 72% of the total fishing days in New York.

“The National Survey has been conducted since 1955 and is one of the oldest and most comprehensive continuing recreation surveys. The survey collects information on the number of anglers, hunters and wildlife watchers, how often they participate, and how much they spend on their activities in the United States.”

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