I FISH NY
The I FISH NY program was developed by the New York State Department of Environmental Conservation with the primary goal of increasing fishing participation in New York State. This will be accomplished by increasing public awareness of the outstanding fishing opportunities available in New York; providing information on the fishing techniques/skills necessary to make best use of these opportunities; increasing knowledge of the fish and aquatic resources of New York State; and improving fishing opportunities in suburban and urban areas of New York State where the bulk of the State's population resides. Current and planned initiatives as part of the I FISH NY program include:
- Developing a new Statewide Aquatic Education Program with initial emphasis on youth.
- Developing a new fishing promotion brochure and exhibit.
- Providing in-school fishing/aquatic resource training, along with fishing clinics and other programs to teach fishing skills and increase knowledge of the State's aquatic resources.
- Continuing an angler education program at water based DEC campgrounds and selected summer youth camps during the summer vacation period.
- Continuing collaborative efforts with the Recreational Boating and Fishing Foundation on the lapsed angler recruitment program, Angler Legacy and other projects to increase fishing participation in New York State.
- Upgrading the look and content of the New York State Freshwater Fishing Regulations Guide to increase its utility as a means of educating anglers about fishing in New York State and the issues that they should be concerned about.