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For Release: Monday, May 6, 2019

DEC to Hold Angler Outreach Meeting on May 22

Biologists to Provide Update on Status of Lake Erie and Upper Niagara River Fisheries

New York State Department of Environmental Conservation (DEC) today invited the public to learn more about the status of Lake Erie and Upper Niagara River fisheries at a public meeting on Wednesday, May 22, from 6:30 to 9:30 p.m. at Woodlawn Beach State Park's Lodge.

"This annual event provides an excellent opportunity for anglers to interact with the biologists who study and manage Lake Erie and Niagara River fisheries," said DEC Regional Director Abby Snyder." This year's meeting will feature emerging results about Lake Erie walleye movement, the Cattaraugus Creek fish passage project, Lake Erie prey base, and upper Niagara River habitat work."

The meeting will begin with an informal discussion, followed by a series of presentations on Lake Erie and Upper Niagara River fisheries topics, and will include opportunities for discussion on a variety of fisheries management activities. Key members of Lake Erie and Niagara River's fisheries management and research community will present information on management and assessment activities for prominent Lake Erie sport fisheries.

This annual meeting is sponsored by DEC's Lake Erie Fisheries Research Unit and Region 9 Fisheries offices. Anyone interested is welcome to attend this free event and registration is not required.

The Lake Erie and the Upper Niagara River rank among New York State's top fishing destinations, especially for walleye, smallmouth bass and steelhead. The 2007 statewide angler survey estimated more than 800,000 angler days spent on these waters and the estimated value of these fisheries exceeded $22 million to the local New York economy.

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