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For Release: Friday, August 10, 2018

Media Advisory: Great Hudson River Estuary Fish Count August 11

Seventh Annual DEC-Sponsored Event

What: The 7th annual Great Hudson River Estuary Fish Count will take place at multiple sites along the banks and piers of the Hudson from the Capital Region to New York City on Saturday, August 11. During this family-friendly event, participants are invited to explore the wide variety of slippery, wriggly, and fascinating creatures usually hidden below the river's surface. Sponsored by the New York State Department of Environmental Conservation's (DEC) Hudson River Estuary Program, the Great Hudson River Fish Count takes place at multiple sites along the banks and piers of the Hudson from the Capital Region to New York City.

When: Saturday, August 11, 2018. Times at specific sites vary according to the tides and are listed below.

Where: More than 19 sites along waterfronts from Hudson River Park Pier in Manhattan to Peebles Island State Park at the confluence of the Hudson and Mohawk Rivers in Waterford. (The schedule below indicates the sites, from south to north.)

Why: A primary goal of DEC's work is to connect New Yorkers to nature. This annual event offers participants firsthand experience on the tidal Hudson River, with its diverse fishes and habitats influenced by tides, currents, and salinity.

A list of participating sites follows. For more information, visit the Great Hudson River Estuary Fish Count page on DEC's website. While there, watch a clip about seining in the Hudson River on DEC's YouTube Channel. For more information email or call (845) 256-3115.

Sites and participating organizations (south to north):


  • Brooklyn Bridge Park, Pier 4: 2:30 - 4:00 p.m. Brooklyn Bridge Park Conservancy


  • Hudson River Park Pier 25: 12:00 - 4:00 p.m.; minnow pots & crab traps, rod and reel at West St & North Moore St., end of the pier; Hudson River Park Trust
  • Riverside Park, Manhattan: 3:00 - 5:00 p.m. Seining, 66th and Hudson River. Sloop Clearwater
  • Randall's Island Park: 1:00 - 4:00 p.m.; seining on Harlem River north of pedestrian bridge from Manhattan at 103rd St.; Randall's Island Parks Alliance

Staten Island

  • Freshkills Park: 9:00 a.m. - 12:00 p.m.; rod and reel, meeting at the southern end of the LA Fitness parking lot located at 145 E Service Rd, Staten Island, NY 10314. Pre-registration required; please contact Cait Field (


  • Habirshaw Park: 1:00 - 3:00 p.m.; seining at 35 Alexander St, 1 block from Yonkers Metro North Station (Hudson Line); Sarah Lawrence Center for the Urban River at Beczak


  • Piermont Pier: 12:30 - 2:30 p.m.; seining at blockhouse at pier's end; Lamont-Doherty Earth Observatory of Columbia University

Sleepy Hollow

  • Kingsland Pt. Park: 2:00 - 4:00 p.m.; seining at Kathryn W. Davis RiverWalk Center; Teatown Lake Reservation

Croton on Hudson

  • Croton Point Park: 3:00 - 4:30 p.m.; seining at Mother's Lap waterfront just west of swimming beach; Westchester County Parks Department

Cold Spring

  • Little Stony Point: 3:30 - 5:00 p.m.; seining at north end of Sandy Beach; Steve Stanne

New Windsor

  • Kowawese Unique Area/Plum Point: 4:00 - 5:30 p.m.; seining on county park beach; Hudson River Estuary Program/Hudson River Almanac


  • Long Dock Park: 2:00 - 4:00 p.m.; seining; Scenic Hudson


  • Waryas Park: 9:00 - 11:00 a.m.; seining at north south end of park near Main street traffic circle; Scenic Hudson


  • Norrie Point: 9:30 a.m. - 11:30 a.m.; seining next to Environmental Center; Hudson River National Estuarine Research Reserve Kingston


  • Kingston Point Beach: 5:00 - 6:30 p.m.; seining; Hudson River Estuary Program.


  • Schodack Island State Park: 11:00 a.m.; seining at boat launch; River Haggie Outdoors/Rensselaer Land Trust


  • Corning Preserve: 10:00 a.m. - 1:00 p.m.; seining on boat ramp, fish display from DEC boat catch; DEC


  • Peebles Island State Park: 10:30 a.m. - 1:00 p.m.; seining just east of bridge to Waterford. DEC/Mohawk River Basin Program/Office of Parks, Recreation and Historic Preservation, and volunteers
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