Lake Ontario Fisheries Research
What We Do
Our principal function is to help manage the fish resources within Lake Ontario. By managing, we mean we evaluate the success of stocking fish, both to enhance some fisheries and to restore others, and we also undertake regular surveys to monitor the health of fish stocks and to establish the effectiveness of stocking and harvest policies.
Although most of us are trained biologists, much of our time is devoted to serving people. We regularly respond to questions from the public about the changes currently underway in Lake Ontario. We frequently attend meetings to inform people of our work and findings. We also encourage their interest and involvement.
For many, the best thing we provide are the special services to visitors of our station. We operate a small aquarium and educational center, we maintain a riverfront picnic area, we furnish accessible docks for fishing, and we provide overnight dockage for transient boaters visiting Cape Vincent. We provide these services free-of-charge and we try to make all our visitors feel at home and welcome.
How to Contact Us
You can contact us at:
New York State Department of Environmental Conservation
Lake Ontario Fisheries Research Unit
Cape Vincent Fisheries Research Station
541 East Broadway
P.O. Box 292
Cape Vincent, NY 13618
phone: (315) 654-2147
fax: (315) 654-4118
More about Lake Ontario Fisheries Research:
- Lake Ontario Fisheries Unit Reports - Reports Available from Lake Ontario Fisheries Unit
- Lake Ontario Black Bass Angler Diary Program - Wanted: Lake Ontario black bass anglers to participate in an angler diary program.
- Lake Ontario Fishing Boat Survey - Prelimininary monthly summary for April and May, 2010, of the NYSDEC Lake Ontario Fishing Boat Survey.
- Fish Community Objectives for Lake Ontario - The NYSDEC is currently seeking public input to help us review and, if appropriate, revise the existing Great Lakes fish community objectives (FCO's). Management of Great Lakes fisheries includes the development of fish community objectives every five years by the agencies that share fisheries management responsibilities for each of the lakes.
- Lake Ontario Fisheries Unit Activities and Assessment Programs - Activities and Assessment Programs of DEC's Lake Ontario Fisheries Unit
- DEC Fisheries Research Vessel Seth Green - Information about DEC's Fisheries Research Vessel Seth Green
- Public Facilities At the Cape Vincent Fisheries Station - Public Facilities at the Cape Vincent Fisheries Station on the St. Lawrence River.
- Final Sportfishing Restoration & Spending Plan for the Lake Ontario System - The final plan for implementing the Natural Resource Damage (NRD)restoration process for the New York waters of the Lower Niagara River, Lake Ontario, and the St. Lawrence River.
- Draft Sportfishing Restoration and Spending Plan for Lake Ontario System - A plan to implement the Natural Resource Damage (NRD)restoration process for the New York waters of the Lower Niagara River, Lake Ontario, and the St. Lawrence River (hereafter referred to as the Lake Ontario system) developed by the Trustee, the New York State Department of Environmental Conservation (Department).