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For Release: Tuesday, February 6, 2018

DEC Encourages New Yorkers to Report Paddlefish Sightings in New York Waters

Native Fish Species Now Protected

The New York State Department of Environmental Conservation (DEC) is asking anglers and outdoor enthusiasts to report Paddlefish sightings in State waters. The Paddlefish is native to southwestern New York, but disappeared from the state over a century ago due to dams and pollution in the area and it is now protected. DEC began a stocking program in 1998 to restore this species to the Allegheny Reservoir and to Chautauqua Lake and Conewango Creek of the Jamestown area. Two of the fish species have been caught in the Jamestown area in the last two years. DEC is now asking for the public's help with the State's recovery efforts by reporting the following details of Paddlefish seen in this area:

  • Location and date where seen, including the name of the water body in Western NY and a nearby landmark. Please share information if visiting Pennsylvania and within 20 miles of New York.
  • How the fish was observed (caught by angling, seen swimming in the water, dead on shore, etc.) If the fish is deceased, saving and freezing the anterior 6" of the snout could allow biologists to determine the age or stocking history of the fish.
  • Approximate length of the fish, and a photo if available.

To report a sighting please email or call 716-379-6374.

Visit these links to learn more:

Progress with Paddlefish Restoration Article (Link leaves DEC's website and opens a PDF, 1.28 MB)

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