Message from the Commissioner

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This year’s fishing guide from the New York State Department of Environmental Conservation (DEC) highlights the outstanding fishing opportunities available across New York. From Montauk to Buffalo, anglers don’t have to look far to find quality fishing for a variety of fish species.

DEC’s talented fishery team works across the state all year round to manage and maintain New York’s robust fishing industry. Our dedicated staff operating our fish hatchery system work tirelessly to raise and stock fish alongside experienced biologists and technicians who gather and analyze the data necessary to make science-based fishery management decisions. Our educators are busy helping connect people with the outstanding fishing our state provides, and DEC’s highly trained law enforcement personnel are on patrol to ensure that all fishing regulations are properly followed.

Through Governor Andrew Cuomo’s support, DEC is constantly working to provide a world-class fishing experience right here in the Empire State.

Public input is important to us, and DEC strives to engage the public to help inform the decisions we make. In 2017, DEC’s Bureau of Fisheries held meetings across the state to gather public opinion on our trout stream management efforts. These discussions will help guide our trout stream management program in the future.

In early 2018, DEC will conduct a survey of New York anglers. Last conducted in 2006, this survey will provide updated use, preference, and expenditure information for those fishing in New York. The survey will also provide DEC with an opportunity to gather angler input on various issues associated with fishery management in New York. The survey will be conducted via e-mail, and if you’d like the opportunity to share your input, be sure to provide your e-mail address when purchasing your license.

Providing quality access to New York’s fishing resources is a top priority for DEC. Our New York Open for Fishing and Hunting initiative has been successful, not only by improving access for hunters and anglers, but by reducing fees and simplifying the purchase of a sporting license.

I’m excited to announce that the Governor’s Adventure NY initiative, unveiled in 2017, will continue to make strategic investments and improvements to connect New York families and visitors to the great outdoors. DEC will use the resources provided by this multi-year program to improve access to state lands and waters, upgrade campgrounds and facilities, and increase public awareness about all the outdoor recreation opportunities available in our great state.

Once again, I encourage you to get outside and have a great fishing season.

Basil Seggos

Commissioner, NYSDEC