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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.

map of Lake Ontario

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


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    Cape Vincent Fisheries Research Station
    541 East Broadway
    P.O. Box 292
    Cape Vincent, NY 13618
    315-654-2147
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