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For Release: Tuesday, April 22, 2014

DEC Earth Day Free Fishing Clinic And Shoreline Cleanup To Be Held In Prospect Park, Brooklyn

As part of Governor Cuomo's NY Open for Fishing and Hunting initiative, the New York State Department of Environmental Conservation's (NYSDEC) I FISH NY program will be offering a free fishing clinic at Prospect Park, Brooklyn on Sunday, April 27th. The event will be run in conjunction with the Prospect Park Alliance. The clinic will run from 12 p.m. - 4 p.m. at the Audubon Center.

No fishing license or recreational marine registration is required for this designated "free fishing" event.

DEC's fishing clinic will begin at 12:00 p.m. with educational information on fish species, recreational fishing regulations and fish consumption advisories. Participants will be provided with fishing rods and bait and taught to fish.

Governor Cuomo's NY Open for Fishing and Hunting Initiative is an effort to improve recreational opportunities for sportsmen and women and to boost tourism activities throughout the state. This initiative includes streamlining fishing and hunting licenses, reducing license fees, improving access for fishing and increasing hunting opportunities in New York State.

In support of this initiative, this year's budget includes $6 million in NY Works funding to support creating 50 new land and water access projects to 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 largely 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 2014-15 budget includes $4 million to repair the state's fish hatcheries; and renews and allows expanded use of crossbows for hunting in New York State.

This year's budget also reduces short-term fishing licenses fees; increases the number of authorized statewide free fishing days to eight from two; authorizes DEC to offer 10 days of promotional prices for hunting, fishing and trapping licenses; and authorizes free Adventure Plates for new lifetime license holders, discounted Adventure Plates for existing lifetime license holders and regular fee Adventure Plates for annual license holders.

For information about I FISH NY visit the DEC website.

For information about NYS fishing license requirements visit the DEC website.

The I FISH NY program is a joint initiative between DEC and New York Sea Grant that introduces urban residents to fishing in New York State. For more information on Free Fishing Clinics, visit the DEC website.

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