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For Release: Tuesday, March 13, 2018

Notice: DEC Meeting Postponed Due to Inclement Weather

Upper Delaware River System Trout Fishery Meeting in Hancock to be Rescheduled for Future Date

The New York State Department of Environmental Conservation (DEC) today announced that the public meeting scheduled for today, Tuesday, March 13, will be rescheduled for a future date due to the inclement weather conditions. The new meeting date to outline plans for upcoming fisheries work on the Upper Delaware River system will be announced in the coming weeks.

Additional information from previous notice:

The Upper Delaware River system is made up of two tailwater rivers, the East and West branches, which converge in Hancock to form the main stem of the Delaware River.

At the meeting, biologists will outline a comprehensive fisheries investigation plan to assess the current status of the wild trout fishery. Developed collaboratively by DEC and Pennsylvania Fish and Boat Commission, the plan will be completed over the next three years.

The plan includes survey activities such as monthly electrofishing, spring and fall redd counts (measures of trout spawning activity), trout tagging, and an angler creel survey. The purpose of this intensive effort is to gather information to develop a new fisheries management plan for the trout fishery of the Upper Delaware system.

The meeting will offer anglers and the public the opportunity to ask questions about the upcoming work and learn about how they can support the investigation plan.

Copies of the fisheries investigation plan are available on DEC's webpage. Questions can be sent to Chris VanMaaren, DEC Region 4 Fisheries Manager, 65561 State Hwy 10, Stamford, NY 12167, or emailed to fwfish4@dec.ny.gov.

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