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September 17, 2010 - Field Notes

Shellfish Closure Extension

  • Sand Hole Shellfish Harvest Area Closure Continues.
    The Bureau of Marine Resources is extending the closure of the shellfish harvest area in normally certified portions of Sand Hole from Friday, September 17 through Thursday, September 23 (both dates inclusive). The closure is due to the continued detection of elevated levels of fecal coliform bacteria. Review closure area maps and additional information online. Additionally, the most up-to-date information on shellfish harvest area closures is available 24/7 through the Shellfish Emergency Closure Hotline at (631) 444-0480.

Noteworthy Dates

  • September Youth Waterfowl Hunting in Eastern New York.
    Youth waterfowl hunting weekends will occur on September 18-19 in the Northeastern and Southeastern zones and on September 25-26 in the Lake Champlain zone (view map for zone area details). Young hunters, 12 to 15 years of age, possessing a junior hunting license and accompanied by an appropriately licensed adult may hunt ducks, coots, mergansers, Canada geese, and brant on these two days in each zone. Similar youth waterfowl hunting weekends will occur October 9-10 in the Western zone, and November 13-14 on Long Island. Additional details, and both youth and regular waterfowl season dates and bag limits are available online to review.
  • Saturday, September 25. Salmon River Hatchery Open House and Family Fun Day Event.
    The Salmon River Hatchery in Oswego County is offering its 15th annual Open House and Family Fun Day from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. on Saturday, September 25th. Take a behind-the-scene tour of the hatchery; observe an exhibit with rare and endangered fish species; learn about fishing for Pacific salmon; get a chance to cast a fishing rod, tie flies, fly cast and fly fish in the Salmon River Corridor; or view an underwater camera to watch migrating salmon jump the fish ladder. Special activities for kids include the "Backyard Bass' and Hook and Ladders fishing games, or discovering creatures that live in the Beaver Dam Brook. These events and many more will be offered for free! Review the press release for additional details and contact information for this event. Also, get directions and read more about the hatchery.
  • Saturday, September 25. Free Fishing Clinic at the Little Red Lighthouse Festival.
    A free fishing clinic will be offered by I FISH NY at the Little Red Lighthouse Festival in Fort Washington Park, Manhattan, NY on September 25th. No fishing license is required to participate, and all the bait and tackle and helpful fishing tips and information will be provided! Directions and more information on the Little Red Lighthouse Festival can be found on the New York Restoration Project (NYRP) website at http://www.nyrp.org/ (offsite link, leaving DEC web-site). For contact information on this free fishing clinic, or to find additional upcoming clinics, visit the DEC's Free Fishing Clinic webpage.

Significant Notes

  • 2010 Temiscamie Hybrid Brook Trout Shortfall.
    This fall, there will be significantly less Temiscamie hybrid brook trout available for stocking. The hybrid fish were reared in Chateaugay hatchery due to construction at the Rome hatchery, which is where the fish are typically raised. High mortality of eggs and fry occurred for unknown reasons, and some fish were lost due to a leak in one of the raceways holding the fish at Chateaugay hatchery. The current plans are to stock about 40,000 domestic brook trout fingerlings into 66 waters and 100,000 Temiscamie hybrids into 158 waters. Read the full story online.
  • Commercial Fishing Trip Limit Update.
    The summer flounder commercial daily trip limit has increased from 100 pounds to 210 pounds, effective September 16, 2010. View additional commercial trip limit regulations online. For questions or concerns contact the Bureau of Marine Resources by e-mail or call (631) 444-5621.
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    October Issue of Conservationist for Kids Online.

    Check out the October issue of the Conservationist for Kids magazine online. It contains fun facts about wild turkey management and the history of wild turkey restoration efforts in New York. A hard copy of October's Conservationist for Kids will be distributed, free of charge, to all fourth grade public school classes in the state. It is also printed as an insert in the October issue of the Conservationist magazine. Receive this issue at home by calling 1-800-678-6399 or subscribe online.
  • Become a Mentor to a New Junior Hunter and/or Trapper.
    Since 2008, the DEC has offered the Junior Hunter and Trapper Mentoring Program to provide special opportunities for junior hunters (licensees ages 12-15) and trappers (under 12 years old). From this program, licensed 14 and 15 year olds are able to hunt big game with a firearm while accompanied and supervised by an experienced adult hunter or trapper. Also, juniors under 12 years old may accompany and assist a licensed trapper who has at least three years of trapping experience. Learn more about the Junior Mentoring Programs online, and download a mentored youth hunter and trapper permission form (PDF-24kb) to become a mentor!
  • Conservation Fund Advisory Board Meeting Minutes Online.
    The Conservation Fund Advisory Board (CFAB) June 2010 final meeting minutes is now available for review online. Also, take a minute to review more information about CFAB.
  • Pheasant Releases for Upcoming 2010 Hunting Season.
    Approximately 30,000 adult pheasants will be released on lands open to public hunting for the upcoming youth pheasant and fall pheasant hunting seasons (review the pheasant hunting season dates and locations). The majority of birds will be released on state-owned wildlife management areas and cooperative hunting areas prior to and during the fall hunting season. The 2010 pheasant release sites can be found online. Additionally, in the DEC press release find a list of youth hunt pheasant release sites and get more information on the 2010 pheasant hunting season.
  • Lake Ontario Tributary Angler Creel Survey Starts This Fall.
    From mid-September 2010 through May 2011, fisheries staff will be conducting a creel survey on 23 Lake Ontario tributary streams. Surveying the number of anglers out on the water, and interviewing anglers to gather information on their fishing experience will help DEC gather helpful information in determining how well current fisheries management policies are meeting the needs of Lake Ontario anglers. Read additional details about the creel survey in the DEC press release. Also, take a look at several other fisheries studies conducted in Lake Ontario by visiting the Lake Ontario Fisheries Research webpage.

Did You Know...?

The wood duck's scientific name, Aix sponsa,
means "water bird with bridal dress"

The brilliant-colored wood duck is one of only a few species of North American ducks that nest and perch in trees? As the ducklings hatch, they jump from their nest, sometimes as high as 290 feet, and land without injury!

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