New York State of Lake Ontario Meetings

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In March, the New York State Department of Environmental Conservation (DEC) held a series of public meetings in Monroe, Niagara, and Oswego counties to discuss the State of Lake Ontario fisheries.

The meetings were to include presentations by DEC, the United States Geological Survey, and the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service, including updates on the status of trout and salmon fisheries, forage fish, and stocking programs.

Lake Ontario and its embayments and tributaries support thriving populations of fish, including a variety of trout and salmon, bass, walleye, yellow perch and panfish. New York’s Lake Ontario waters comprise more than 2.7 million acres.

A 2007 statewide angler survey estimated more than 2.6 million angler days were spent on Lake Ontario and major tributaries. The estimated value of these fisheries exceeded $112 million annually to the local New York economy.

DEC’s Lake Ontario fisheries assessment programs can be found on DEC’s website.

source: New York State Department of Environmental Conservation