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For Release: Wednesday, June 11, 2014

DEC Announces 3rd Annual Angler Outreach

Event to Focus on Lake Erie and Upper Niagara River Fisheries

New York State Department of Environmental Conservation will hold a Lake Erie-Upper Niagara River Angler Outreach event at Woodlawn Beach State Park on Tuesday, June 17 from 6:30 - 9:00 p.m.

"This Angler Outreach event provides an excellent opportunity for individuals interested in the lake to interact with the scientists who study its fisheries," said DEC Region 9 Director Abby Snyder said. "Governor Cuomo and DEC are committed to sound management of Lake Erie and Upper Niagara River fisheries to maintain high-quality angling opportunities and associated economic benefits."

The angler outreach event will take place at Woodlawn Beach State Park's pavilion, and will begin with informal discussion, poster exhibits and demonstrations of sampling techniques and fish aging demonstrations. A series of presentations on Lake Erie and Upper Niagara River fisheries topics will follow. The evening will conclude with questions and open discussion.

Key members of Lake Erie and Niagara River's fisheries management and research community will present on Lake Erie fisheries management, including steelhead studies, walleye status, new research initiatives, and habitat improvement projects on the Upper Niagara River.

DEC's Lake Erie Fisheries Unit and Region 9 Fisheries offices sponsor this free event. Anyone interested is welcome to attend and registration is not required.

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.

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