DEC Puts a Line Out to Anglers for Fish Data

LIVINGSTON COUNTY — The DEC is seeking new participants for its Finger Lakes Volunteer Angler Diary Program for the 2017 open water fishing season.

According to a press release from the DEC, the program’s purpose is to collect data from fishing trips on New York’s Finger Lakes and selected Lake Ontario embayments of DEC Regions 7 and 8, in order to help shape future fisheries’ management decisions.

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“Fisheries’ management in the Finger Lakes of Central and Western New York is in part guided by angler experiences, success rates, and desires,” said Region 7 Fisheries Biologist Ian Blackburn. “This program is an excellent chance for members of the angling public to take an active role assisting DEC to make well-rounded and informed management decisions for the Finger Lakes.”

The program runs year-round and anglers pursuing all types of fish in these areas are invited to participate. Typical participants fish the lakes anywhere from once to multiple times in a given season, so even occasional anglers are welcome to keep a fishing diary to contribute.

To participate, anglers can contact the Region 7 Fishery office by phone at 607-753-3095 and by email at fwfish7@dec.ny.gov, or the Region 8 Fishery office by phone at 585-226-5343 and by email at fwfish8@dec.ny.gov.