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For Release: Wednesday, March 21, 2018

DEC Invites Public to Comment on Draft Salmon River Fisheries Management Plan

Plan will Guide State's Efforts to Sustain and Improve Salmon River Sportfishing Opportunities

DEC Accepting Public Comments on Draft Plan until April 23, 2018

State Department of Environmental Conservation (DEC) Commissioner Basil Seggos today announced the release of the Draft Salmon River Fisheries Management Plan to guide the agency's continuing efforts to sustain and improve one of New York's premier sportfishing destinations.

"The Salmon River is renowned for its world class trout and salmon fishing," DEC Commissioner Seggos said. "Anglers from across North America and beyond come to the Salmon River for the opportunity to land trophy-size fish. This plan, which was developed in close consultation with anglers and representatives of the business community, will enhance the Salmon River's status as New York's premier, year-round angling destination for lake-run trout and salmon."

DEC's goal is to manage the Salmon River and its tributaries as a year-round sport fishery that provides anglers with the opportunity to catch an array of trophy-sized salmonids. DEC proposes a variety of strategies to achieve this goal, including improvements to its Salmon River Fish Hatchery, improved and increased angler access, efforts to promote ethical angling, protection and enhancement of critical fish habitats, and utilizing science and adaptive management to measure and achieve success.

DEC is encouraging the public to comment on the plan, which covers the period from 2018 to 2033 and focuses on lake-run trout and salmon (salmonids) in the 17-mile Salmon River corridor and the river's major tributaries below the Lighthouse Hill Reservoir in the town of Orwell.

The Salmon River Fisheries Management Plan is available on DEC's website.

DEC will accept public comments on the draft plan until April 23, 2018. To comment on the plan, send an email with the subject line "Salmon River Plan" to or send written comments via U.S. Mail to:

David Lemon, Regional Fisheries Manager
NYSDEC Region 7
1285 Fisher Road
Cortland, New York 13045

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