For Release: Monday, May 23, 2011
DEC Announces Freshwater Sportfishing Regulation Changes Being Considered for 2012-2014
Public Encouraged to Provide Feedback
The New York State Department of Environmental Conservation (DEC) today announced that changes being considered to the current freshwater fishing regulations are now available for initial public review and feedback.
Obtaining public feedback during this informal phase helps DEC gauge public interest and concerns about the proposed changes before developing regulations to implement the changes.
The proposed changes can now be viewed on the DEC website. The website provides instructions on how to submit input and quick email links to easily submit comments online.
Changes being considered include modifications to the current seasons, size limits, and creel limits on certain waters for popular game fish species such as trout, salmon, walleye, black bass, pickerel, muskellunge, and tiger muskellunge. Additional suggested changes pertain to ice fishing on certain waters, as well as for establishing specific gear requirements for certain angling practices.
Comments will be accepted through June 24, 2011, and comments will be utilized in making decisions for a subsequent rule making proposal. If adopted, regulation changes would become effective on October 1, 2012.