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June 25, 2010 - Field Notes

Noteworthy Dates

June 26-27: Reminder to take advantage of New York's FREE FISHING WEEKEND! The requirement for either a freshwater fishing or recreational marine fishing license is waived for this weekend only. Make sure to review and follow the freshwater fishing regulations and/or marine fishing regulations before you enjoy your free weekend of fishing! For additional information, review the press release.

Managing Fish and Wildlife

Lake Ontario Fishing Boat Survey. NYSDEC staff are undergoing its 26th year of data collection for managing Lake Ontario's world-class fishery; including catch and harvest data, and biological information for many fish species (e.g. trout and salmon, smallmouth bass, yellow perch). Preliminary survey results from April through early May 2010 have indicated good quality brown trout fishing and relatively good Atlantic salmon fishing. More anglers' targeted lake trout during May as compared to recent years, which contributed to the highest May lake trout catch rate since 1998. NYSDEC will continue to monitor the fishery through September 2010. The preliminary report for April to May is available to view online, or visit the Lake Ontario Fisheries Research web page for more information about this survey and others conducted in the region.

Significant Notes

NYS Damselfly and Dragonfly Survey. Starting in 2005 and ending in 2009, this comprehensive survey documents the current distribution of all the dragonflies and damselflies (odonates) of New York State. The results from the New York Dragonfly and Damselfly Survey (NYDDS) are now available for review online.

Divisions Monthly Highlights. Review May's Monthly Highlights (PDF. 611 kb) for an overview of highlighted activities, research and programs conducted by the Division (DFWMR). In this months highlights, you will find studies on Lake Ontario alewife, migratory songbirds, ruffed grouse survival, Honeoye Lake electrofishing and many more fish and wildlife surveys from around the state! Also, you will find highlights on our fish and wildlife outreach programs, a wildlife success story, newly constructed fishing access sites and much more!

New York ecoregion map

Ecoregions of New York, June 2010. Check out the recently-released Ecoregions of New York map. A USGS team has been on a multi-year endeavor to accurately map Level III and IV ecoregions for every state in the nation. In 2008, New York remained one of the biggest gaps in the eastern U.S. That year, a cooperative project kicked-off and brought together partners from various agencies and non-government organizations, including EPA, NRCS, USGS, DEC, NYNHP, TNC, and NatureServe. Two years later, the slick, large-format, two-sided poster is available to the public. It includes a high quality map, descriptive text, summary tables, and dramatic photographs for each ecoregion in the state. Two of the principal authors are Greg Edinger from NYS DEC's NY Natural Heritage Program and Doug Carlson from DEC Region 6. Visit the EPA website (offsite link, leaving DEC website) or click on the map to learn and identify the various ecoregions of New York State.

Proposed and Adopted Regulations

Deer Management Assistance Permits and General Trapping Regulations - Part 1, Section 30 and Part 6, Section 3. This proposed rulemaking is necessary to reduce costs associated with Deer Management Assistance Permits and to establish beaver trapping regulations, including the regulation of the possession and disposition of beaver. Comments will be accepted through August 2, 2010. For additional details about the rulemaking and how to send in comments visit the DEC website.

Hunting Upland Game Birds (Pheasants) - Part 2, Section 25. Effective June 23, 2010¸ this rulemaking that was necessary to adjust pheasant hunting seasons and bag limits to increase hunting opportunity has been adopted. The actual text of the newly adopted regulation can be reviewed online.

Marine Fish and Lobsters and Crabs - Parts 40 and 44. Effective June 23, 2010, this rulemaking that was necessary to make state regulations consistent with state and federal laws and maintain compliance with fishery management plans has been adopted. In Part 40, the regulations for recreational harvest limits on Atlantic cod and haddock, and recreational and commercial harvest limits for coastal sharks and weakfish have been changed. In Part 44, the escape vent size for American lobster traps has increased. The actual text of the newly adopted regulation can be reviewed online.

Did You Know...?

New York Stream
A New York Stream
~Photo courtesy of Susan
Shafer, NYSDEC
Adirondack Lake
An Adirondack Lake
~Photo courtesy of NYSDEC

New York has over 70,000 miles of streams and rivers and more than 7,600 freshwater
lakes, ponds and reservoirs?! Learn more about the watersheds, lakes and rivers of the Empire State!

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