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Freshwater Fisheries Management and Research

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What We Do

DEC fisheries biologists and technicians perform many duties to manage the fish resources within New York waters. This includes:

  • Evaluating the status of fish populations for enhancement or restoration.
  • Conducting regular surveys to monitor the overall health of fish populations and to establish effective stocking and harvest policies.
  • Managing 12 DEC hatcheries for annual fish stocking.

View videos on DEC's YouTube Channel to learn more about what we do

Find a Report or Plan

By Species

By Management Region

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DEC Management Regions

Each management region covers the inland lakes, rivers, and streams in their region/area as shown on the map. Fisheries staff in each region conduct research and surveys to help manage New York's freshwater fisheries.

See Hudson and Delaware Marine Fisheries for migratory species management (striped bass, American shad, etc.)


Watch Us At Work

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    Albany, NY 12233-4753
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