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For Release: Tuesday, May 29, 2012

Experience Fishing Fun at DEC's Family Fishing Clinic

The New York State Department of Environmental Conservation (DEC), Onondaga County Parks, and Friends of Carpenter's Brook Fish Hatchery will conduct a free Family Fishing Clinic on Saturday, June 2, 2012, from 9:30 am- 1:30 pm at Carpenters Brook Fish Hatchery, located on County Route 321 in Elbridge, Onondaga County. The event is free, and no fishing license is required in order to fish during the program. Fishing rods, tackle, bait and educational materials will be provided. Children under age 16 must be supervised.

"Free fishing clinics are an excellent opportunity for those young and old to try angling for the first time," DEC Regional Director Ken Lynch said. "The clinic will offer guidance so those with no fishing experience can learn about the sport."

The clinic will consist of five 15 minute breakout sessions presented by DEC staff. Instruction will be offered in common fishing tackle and techniques, fish identification and biology, conservation and ethics, aquatic ecology, and fish preparation and cooking. During the second half of the session the group will split time between casting practice and fishing.

For information or to preregister contact Onondaga County Parks Carpenter's Brook Fish Hatchery at 315-689-9367.

There are a number of other "Free Fishing Events" held throughout New York State. Free Fishing Events are DEC sponsored events (such as family fishing clinics) where participants can learn about fish identification, fishing equipment and techniques, fisheries management, angling ethics and aquatic ecology. Each of DEC's nine regions can sponsor up to four free fishing events per year. For more details on these events and to view a listing of other events statewide, visit the DEC's website and be sure to check back periodically to see if additional events have been added.

To further encourage fishing in New York State, in early March Governor Cuomo proposed legislation to expand the opportunity for free fishing clinics, allowing more New Yorkers to experience fishing for the first time by enabling DEC to increase the number of free clinics that can be held throughout the state. New York's sport fishing industry generates an estimated $1.8 billion in economic activity annually, supporting nearly 17,000 jobs.

In addition, New York State designates the last full weekend in June as Free Fishing Days. During those two days, anyone can fish New York State waters, and no fishing license is required. This event, started in 1991, provides all people with the opportunity to sample the incredible fishing New York State has to offer. Since no license is required, it is the perfect time to take a friend or relative fishing. In 2012, New York State's Free Fishing Days are Saturday and Sunday, June 23 & 24.

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