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For Release: Tuesday, July 20, 2021

DEC to Host 10th Annual Great Hudson River Fish Count on July 31

Fish Count at Multiple Sites on Hudson River Shores and Piers

New York State Department of Environmental Conservation (DEC) Commissioner Basil Seggos today announced that the tenth annual Great Hudson River Estuary Fish Count will take place at multiple sites along the banks and piers of the Hudson River on Saturday, July 31.

"I encourage New Yorkers and visitors to get outdoors or go online and enjoy this opportunity to learn about the fish living in the Hudson River," Commissioner Seggos said. "With sites from the New York Harbor to Waterford, there are plenty of great spots to choose from to participate in the annual fish count close to home."

The public is invited to join naturalists from the Capital Region to New York City to explore the variety of creatures usually hidden below the river's surface. Fresh upriver and salty at New York City, the Hudson River's estuary and watershed are home to more than 200 fish species, including several that migrate into the river from the Atlantic Ocean each spring to spawn. Eleven sites will offer in-person opportunities for the public and three will livestream the fish count on DEC's Facebook page at 10:30 a.m., 12:00 p.m., and 2:30 p.m.

During the fish count, participating organizations encourage visitors to help collect fish using seine nets, minnow traps, or rods and reels. Seining involves pulling a 30-foot net through the water and checking out the fish, crabs, and other river-life caught in its mesh. Participants may watch from shore or jump into available waterproof waders and help pull in the net. The fish are released after everyone has a chance to see them up close.

Participating groups share their catch results by posting to the DEC Twitter feed with the hashtag #hudsonriverfishcount. Comparing notes builds understanding of the diversity of fishes and habitats in the Hudson, the vitality of the estuarine ecosystem in urban and rural settings, and the influence of salinity and tides. A list of participating public and virtual sites follows. For more information, visit the Great Hudson River Estuary Fish Count page on DEC's website and watch a clip about seining in the Hudson River on DEC's YouTube Channel.

All Fish Count programs are family-friendly and free of charge. The event is sponsored by DEC's Hudson River Estuary Program in partnership with the Hudson River National Estuarine Research Reserve and other environmental organizations. For more information email hrteach@dec.ny.gov.

Sites and Participating Organizations (South to North)

Queens

Manhattan

  • Dyckman Pier, Inwood Hill Park: 10:00 a.m.
    NYC Parks, Urban Park Rangers
  • Fort Washington Park 10 a.m. - 12 p.m.
    Riverside Park NYC/DEC Region 2
  • Pier 40, Hudson River Park: 11:00 a.m.
    Hudson River Park Trust

Westchester

  • Habirshaw Park, Yonkers: 11:00 a.m.
    DEC Facebook Live: 12 noon
    Center for the Urban River at Beczak

Rockland

  • Piermont Pier, Piermont: 11:00 a.m.
    Lamont-Doherty Earth Observatory of Columbia University

Putnam

  • Little Stony Point, Cold Spring: 11 a.m.
    NYSDEC Hudson River Estuary Program

Ulster

Dutchess

  • Norrie Point Environmental Center, Staatsburg: 1:30 p.m.
    DEC Facebook Live: 2:30 p.m.
    Hudson River National Estuarine Research Reserve/Hudson River Estuary Program

Columbia

  • Nutten Hook, Stuyvesant, 12:00 p.m.
    Hudson River National Estuarine Reserve/Hudson River Estuary Program

Rensselaer

  • Schodack Island State Park: 6:00 p.m.
    River Haggie Outdoors

Saratoga

  • Peebles Island State Park, Waterford: 9:00 a.m.
    DEC Facebook Live: 10:30 a.m.
    DEC Region 4 Fisheries
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