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For Release: Wednesday, August 22, 2012

DEC Announces Honeoye Library's Fishing Pole Lending Program

The Honeoye Public Library is the latest library to join the New York State Department of Environmental Conservation's fishing pole lending program, DEC Regional Director Paul D'Amato announced today. The intent is to give families and youth opportunities to discover nature through fishing.

"Thanks to the tremendous efforts and support of the Honeoye Library, the Honeoye Fish and Game Club and library volunteer John Gahan, this project will provide opportunities for young people and families to learn how to fish," said Paul D'Amato. "This is a perfect example of leveraging limited resources in a cooperative effort to better benefit the youth and citizens of the state."

This program sponsored by DEC allows Honeoye library patrons to sign out one of eight fishing poles and informational materials for up to three weeks. It is the fifth library fishing pole program in the region.

"The Honeoye Fish and Game Club is a local club that promotes sportsman's activities and outdoor lifestyles," stated Sharon Mann, President of the Honeoye Fish and Game Club. "Our objective is to raise awareness about outdoor opportunities available in our community and to offer a safe and friendly environment for adults and today's youth to enjoy sportsman activities and healthy lifestyles. The Honeoye Fish and Game Club is committed to being involved in the community and working with organizations to make a positive impact and promote safe sportsman's activities and practices."

DEC used Federal funds from the Aquatic Resource Education Program of the Wallop Breaux Sport Fish Restoration Act to purchase the fishing equipment. The Sport Fish Restoration program is funded by revenues collected from fishing rods, reels, creels, lures, flies and artificial baits manufacturers. Manufacturers pay an excise tax on these items to the U.S. Treasury for the management of fishery resources, conservation and restoration.

Fishing poles will be lent to area residents who have a Honeoye Public Library card. All program participants must adhere to all appropriate fishing laws, including have a fishing license if you are 16 years old or older. Season, length and daily limits must also be followed.

"This is an awesome opportunity for the three organizations to partner together to promote fishing," said Honeoye Public Library Director Wendy Krouse. "Our customers have been eyeing the poles and asking about their availability. We're ready to go."

The library is located at 8708 Main Street in Honeoye. Library hours are:

Monday 2:30 p.m. to 8:30 p.m.

Tuesday 10:00 a.m. to 8:30 p.m.

Thursday 2:30 p.m. to 8:30 p.m.

Saturday 10:00 a.m. to 1:00 p.m.

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