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For Release: Tuesday, May 28, 2013

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 1 from 9:30 a.m. - 1:30 p.m. at Carpenters Brook Fish Hatchery, located on County Route 321 in Elbridge, Onondaga County.

This is a 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. 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. The event is catch and release only. Children under age 16 must be supervised.

"Under Governor Cuomo's NY Open for Fishing and Hunting Initiative, these clinics allow more New Yorkers to experience fishing for the first time," DEC Commissioner Joe Martens said. "The clinics will offer guidance so those with no fishing experience can learn about the sport."

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

To further encourage fishing in New York State, Governor Cuomo signed legislation last year expanding 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. The Free Fishing Days program began in 1991 to allow all people the opportunity to sample the incredible fishing New York State has to offer.

Governor Cuomo's NY Open for Fishing and Hunting Initiative is an effort to improve recreational activities for in-state and out-of-state sportsmen and sportswomen and to boost tourism opportunities throughout the state. This initiative includes the streamlining of hunting and fishing licensing and reducing license fees, improved access for fishing at various sites across the state, stocking as much as 900,000 pounds of fish, expanding fishing clinics and increasing hunting opportunities in various regions. New York's sport fishing industry generates an estimated $1.8 billion in economic activity annually, supporting nearly 17,000 jobs.

There are a number of other "Free Fishing Events" held throughout New York State. Free. 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.

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. Since no license is required, it is the perfect time to take a friend or relative fishing. In 2013, New York State's Free Fishing Days are Saturday and Sunday, June 29 & 30.

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

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