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For Release: Tuesday, August 22, 2017

DEC Announces Free Fishing Fun for the Whole Family at Riverhead's Peconic Riverfront Park

The New York State Department of Environmental Conservation (DEC) I FISH NY program and the town of Riverhead will offer a Free Fishing Clinic on Tuesday, August 29, from 5:30 - 7:30 p.m. at Peconic Riverfront Park in downtown Riverhead.
Free loaner fishing rods and bait will be supplied by I FISH NY with fishing lessons by DEC staff. The event will begin promptly at 5:30 p.m. with basic "how to" fishing instruction and fish identification. This event is geared toward ages 10 and up and DEC encourages families, individuals, beginners, and experts to attend.

No fishing license or registration is required for this event.

"Fishing on Long Island is a tradition with a rich history offering a world-class experience," DEC Regional Director Carrie Meek Gallagher said. "We encourage families and individuals to pick up a fishing rod and enjoy all the freshwater and marine resources Long Island has to offer. These free fishing clinics provide opportunities for beginners and experienced fishermen alike to get outside and enjoy the beautiful summer weather and the rewarding fishing experience."

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

What: Free Family Fishing Clinic
When: Tuesday, August 29, 2017
Where: Peconic Riverfront Park, Riverhead
Time: 5:30 to 7:30 p.m.
Who: I FISH NY, NYS Department of Environmental Conservation, Town of Riverhead.
Details: This event is geared towards all anglers ages 10 and up who wish to learn about fishing on Long Island. Loaner rods and bait will be available for free. Participants are welcome to bring their own fishing gear. If weather conditions are unsuitable the event will be canceled. There will be no rain date for this event
Cost: Free
Contact: DEC at (631) 444-0283 to register

For information about freshwater fishing on Long Island, please call the Bureau of Fisheries at (631) 444-0283 or visit the Long Island/NYC fishing webpage.

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