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For Release: Tuesday, March 4, 2014

DEC: Genesee River Angler Diarists Wanted

Your Observations Can Help Shape Future Fisheries Management Actions

As part of Governor Andrew M. Cuomo's NY is Open for Fishing and Hunting Initiative, New York State Department of Environmental Conservation (DEC) Region 9 Fisheries Office will begin an angler diary program on the Genesee River in Allegany and Wyoming Counties from March 1 through October 31, 2014, the DEC announced today. The diarist program aims to record dates for trout and bass fishing trips on the Genesee River from the Pennsylvania line downstream through Letchworth State Park.

"Angler participation in this program is greatly appreciated and will help us to evaluate the Genesee River's fishery quality," said Regional Director Abby Snyder. "This is a great opportunity for anglers to contribute observations and help shape future fishery management actions."

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 Fishing and Hunting licensing and reducing license fees, improved access for fishing at various sites across the state, and increasing hunting opportunities in various regions.

In support of this initiative, Governor Cuomo this year has proposed the creation of 50 new land access projects, which will connect hunters, anglers, bird watchers and others who enjoy the outdoors to more than 380,000 acres of existing state and easement lands that have gone untapped until now. These 50 new access projects include building new boat launches, installing new hunting blinds and building new trails and parking areas. In addition, the Governor's budget includes $4 million to repair the state's fish hatcheries.

If you fish the Genesee River (even once) and would like to contribute your observations by keeping a fishing diary for DEC, please contact the Region 9 Fisheries Office at (716) 372-0645 or by e-mail at fwfish9@gw.dec.state.ny.us.

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