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For Release: Monday, August 10, 2015

Great Hudson River Estuary Fish Count Schedules for August 15

Fourth Annual Event Sponsored by Hudson River Estuary Program

The fourth annual Great Hudson River Estuary Fish Count will take place at sites along the Hudson on August 15. The public is invited to join naturalists from the Capital Region to New York City as they explore the amazing variety of slippery, wriggly and fascinating creatures usually hidden below the river's surface.

The Hudson and its watershed are home to more than 200 species of fish. During the Fish Count, participating organizations encourage visitors to help collect fish using seine nets, minnow traps, rods and reels. Seining involves pulling a 30-foot net through the water and checking out the fish, crabs and other river-life caught in its mesh. Participants may watch from shore or jump into available waterproof waders and help pull in the net. The fish are released.

Throughout the day's event, participating groups share their catch results with one another. Comparing notes promotes understanding of the diversity of fishes and habitats in the Hudson, the vitality of the estuarine ecosystem in urban and rural settings, and the influence of salinity and tides.

Participating sites (PDF, 170 KB) is listed below. For more information, please visit the Great Hudson River Estuary Fish Count page on DEC's website.

Sites & Participating Organizations - 2015

Brooklyn - Brooklyn Bridge Park, Main St. section, beach north of carousel: Hudson River Estuary Program. Seining. Free. 3:00 - 4:30 p.m.

Manhattan - East River Park, Pier 42 at Jackson Street: Lower East Side Ecology Center. Rod and reel fishing. Free. 12:00 noon - 2:00 p.m.

Manhattan - Hudson River Park, Pier 25 at lighthouse tender Lilac; The River Project. Minnow traps. Free. 1:00 - 3:00 p.m.

Manhattan - Ft. Washington Park at beach near comfort station south of Little Red Lighthouse: Hudson River Estuary Program. Seining. Free. 3:30 - 5:00 p.m.

Yonkers - Habirshaw Park: Sarah Lawrence College Center for the Urban River at Beczak. Seining. Free. 2:00 - 4:00 p.m.

Piermont - Piermont Pier at blockhouse: Lamont-Doherty Earth Observatory of Columbia University. Seining. Free. 2:00 - 4:00 p.m.

Sleepy Hollow - Kingsland Point Park/Kathryn W. Davis RiverWalk Center: Teatown Lake Reservation. Seining. Program free. Parking: $5 with county park pass or Sleepy Hollow residents; $10 without pass. 2:00 p.m.

Croton on Hudson - Croton Point Park: Westchester County Dept. of Parks and Recreation. Seining. Program free. Parking: $5 with county park pass; $10 without pass. For information: call Croton Point Nature Center (914) 862-5297, 8:00 a.m.

Cold Spring - Little Stony Point, Hudson Highlands State Park: Hudson River Almanac/Hudson River Estuary Program. Seining. Free. 6:30 p.m.

Beacon - Long Dock Park: Scenic Hudson. Seining. Free. 10:00 a.m. - 12:00 noon

New Windsor - Kowawese Unique Area: Hudson River Almanac/Hudson River Estuary Program. Seining. Free. 8:00 a.m.

Staatsburg - Norrie Point Environmental Center: Hudson River National Estuarine Research Reserve. Seining. Free. For information: call Norrie Point Environmental Center 845-889-4745 x109. 10:00 a.m. - 12:00 noon

Kingston - Kingston Point Beach: City of Kingston Parks and Recreation/Forsyth Nature Center. Seining. Free. 12:00 - 1:00 p.m.

Athens - Cohotate Preserve: Cornell Cooperative Extension of Columbia and Greene Counties. Seining. Free. 1:30 - 3:00 p.m.

Castleton - Schodack Island State Park at boat launch: RiverHaggie Outdoors/Rensselaer Land Trust. Seining. Program free. Park vehicle entry fee $6, but may be waived for pre-registrants. 11:00 a.m. - 1:00 p.m.

Waterford - Peebles Island State Park, on beach below observation platform: Hudson River Estuary Program. Seining. Program free. Park vehicle entry fee $6. 2:00 - 3:30 p.m.

For Information about the Hudson River Estuary Program, please visit the Hudson River Estuary Program page on DEC's website.

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