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For Release: Wednesday, June 29, 2016

Fishing Fun for the Whole Family at Town of Brookhaven Beach

The New York State Department of Environmental Conservation (DEC) I FISH NY program, in cooperation with the Town of Brookhaven Department of Parks will offer a Free Lakeside Fishing Clinic on Wednesday evening, July 13, from 6 to 8 p.m. at Town Beach at the south end of Lake Ronkonkoma.

"Fishing is a time honored tradition throughout the year on Long Island," DEC Regional Director Carrie Meek Gallagher said. "Fishing is an enjoyable and rewarding experience for families and people of all ages, and allows participants to get outside and take advantage of the natural environment right in their backyards."

Free loaner fishing rods and bait will be supplied by the I FISH NY program with fishing instruction by DEC staff. The event will begin promptly at 6 p.m. with basic "how to" fishing instruction and fish identification. A brief discussion on the challenges and techniques of fishing will be included. This event is geared toward ages 10 and up, including families, individuals, beginners and experts. No fishing license is required for this event.

Governor Cuomo's NY Open for Fishing and Hunting Initiative provides $3 million for State land access projects and $4 million for hunting and fishing infrastructure under the 2016-17 budget, including funding for more than 50 free fishing clinics across the state this year. The 2015-16 budget also created a new capital account, which, along with federal Pittman-Robertson funds, will be used to manage, protect and restore fish and wildlife habitat and will improve and develop public access for fish and wildlife-related recreation. This year's commitment builds on the previous $6 million in funding for 50 new projects to provide access to approximately 380,000 acres of existing State lands for recreation, including boat launches, bird-watching areas, trails and hunting blinds, and $8 million for upgrades and improvements to fish hatcheries statewide.

Participants are encouraged to dress for the weather. Participants are also welcome to bring their own fishing rod and equipment if they prefer. In case of adverse weather, call DEC at (631) 444-0283 for the clinic status.

Space is limited. Pre-registration is required for this clinic. Participants MUST CALL the I FISH NY Program to formally register, at (631) 444-0283. You can leave a message with the following information. You will receive a confirmation email once your registration is processed. Please state clearly when registering:

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  • How many Adults will be attending in your party
  • How many Children under age 16 will be attending
  • The age of the children under 16 years old
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