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For Release: Wednesday, February 5, 2020

DEC Offers Free Indoor Ice Fishing Clinic on February 19

Seminar Will Go Over Ice Safety, Equipment, Fish Handling, and Rules and Regulations

The New York State Department of Environmental Conservation (DEC) Region 1 I FISH NY program will hold an Indoor Ice Fishing seminar on Wednesday, February 19, 2020, from 7 to 9 p.m., DEC Regional Director Carrie Meek Gallagher announced today. The seminar will take place at the DEC Region 1 Headquarters located at 50 Circle Road, Stony Brook, NY 11742.

"Despite the recent warm weather on Long Island so far this winter, New York State offers many world class ice fishing locations," DEC Regional Director Meek Gallagher said. "This clinic will be a great introduction to equipment needed for ice fishing, important safety precautions, and fish handling techniques."

The seminar is geared for beginners as well as experienced anglers wanting to break into the great sport of ice fishing. DEC's I Fish New York staff will cover ice safety, equipment, fish handling, and rules and regulations. The course will prepare participants to safely ice fish across New York State.

Pre-registration required. Participation will be capped at 30 people.

Call the DEC's freshwater fisheries unit at (631) 444-0283 or email to register.

For more information on statewide ice fishing opportunities and ice fishing in general, visit DEC's website.

Governor Cuomo Advances Fishing Opportunities in New York

In his 2020 State of the State Address, Governor Cuomo proposed the Restore Mother Nature initiative, the nation's most aggressive program for significant habitat restoration and flood reduction. Restore Mother Nature will reduce flood risk and revitalize critical fish and wildlife habitats by connecting streams and waterways, right-sizing culverts and dams, restoring freshwater and tidal wetlands, reclaiming natural floodplains, restocking shellfish populations and upgrading fish hatcheries, preserving open space, conserving more forest areas, replanting more trees, reducing contamination from agricultural and stormwater runoff, and expanding renewable energy. One of the goals of the initiative is to make New York the top state for recreational fishing. As part of a proposed $3 billion Environmental Bond Act, New York would invest in its world-class fish hatcheries. The Governor's program will also improve New York's network of fishing access sites, hand-launch boat sites, and public fishing rights with an emphasis on warm water streams and rivers.

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What: Indoor Ice Fishing Clinic
Where: DEC Region One Stony Brook Office - 50 Circle Lane, Stony Brook, New York 11790
When: Wednesday, February 19, 2020
Time: 7 - 9 p.m.
Who: I FISH NY with the New York State Department of Environmental Conservation
Details: This event will be for beginners and others wanting to break into the great sport of ice fishing. We will be going over ice safety, equipment, fish handling, and rules and regulations. After coming to this course, you will have the knowledge you need to safely ice fish all around the state of New York. Registration required. Participation will be capped at 30 people.
Cost: Free
Contact: Please call (631) 444-0283 or e-mail I FISH NY to register or for more information.

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