Message from the Governor

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Fishing – A Key Component of New York’s Tourism Economy

New York State has some of the world’s finest freshwater resources, and like you, I look forward to getting out to fish each season. Two-thousand-and-twenty promises to be another great year, thanks to the successful stewardship of our state’s fisheries. As a result, local economies across the state will be bolstered by New York’s faithful angling community.

The planning and preparation that goes into a great day on the water is just one of angling’s contributions to our state’s tourism economy. From a powerful new outboard motor to a bucket of bait, fishing supports significant spending in every corner of the state.

New York’s latest statewide angler survey shows that the economic impacts of freshwater fishing is more than $2 billion and supports nearly 11,000 jobs. Of this total, out-of-state anglers contributed approximately 26 percent, or $564 million, proving once again that our state’s world-class fisheries have earned a great reputation within and beyond our borders.

Ecotourism is a win-win for everyone and New York’s commitment to improving and expanding eco-tourism opportunities is stronger than ever before. Through initiatives like NY Open for Hunting and Fishing and Adventure NY, we have jumpstarted the recreation-based economy with an injection of millions of dollars to provide for hatchery improvements that will support robust fish for stocking and improved public access to new fishing sites. These efforts, combined with the strong management of our natural resources, is a recipe for success.

Throughout my time as Governor, New York has strengthened our commitment to protecting fisheries habitat and our state will continue to be a national leader in supporting initiatives to help restore our natural resources and maintain a thriving and sustainable fishery while also building in new, nature-based features to protect communities from flooding.

As stewards of our waters, anglers will continue to play an important role in these efforts and I thank you for helping us move our great state forward.

Regardless of where you choose to fish, I hope everyone enjoys the 2020 seasons and all the world-class recreational opportunities New York has to offer. Good luck on the water this year!

Andrew M. Cuomo

Governor, State of New York

NYS Conservation Fund Advisory Board

The NYS Conservation Fund Advisory Board (CFAB) was established by law to make recommendations to state agencies on state government plans, policies and programs affecting fish and wildlife.

CFAB consults with and advises DEC about expenditure of Conservation Fund monies and ways to increase revenue to this fund. For more information, visit: www.dec.ny.gov/