I would like to welcome you to the 2011-2012 fishing season in New York State. I have personally enjoyed fishing in New York for many, many years, but since becoming Commissioner, I have gained even greater appreciation for the diverse fishing opportunities our state provides and for the outstanding work of our Bureau of Fisheries to protect and improve this phenomenal resource.
- I am committed to ensuring DEC continues to invest in this wonderful sport that means so much to our state economy. A few recent examples:
- We developed new boats launches and parking facilities on Lake Champlain in the City of Plattsburgh and the upper Hudson in Saratoga County;
- We are planning two new access projects on Lake Ontario in Jefferson County that should be ready for the 2012 boating season;
- The new early-rearing building and visitor center at the Rome Fish Hatchery are now fully operational;
- We are undertaking a new research project designed to help improve our trout stocking efforts in rivers and streams; and,
- On the Great Lakes, a new automated fish marking trailer has improved our ability to assess the contribution of stocked and wild Chinook salmon to this world-class fishery.
One of my top priorities for DEC is to connect New Yorkers to our natural environment through the promotion of outdoor recreation and traditional sports. Our “I FISH NY” program uses outreach and special events to encourage youth throughout the state to give fishing a try, teaches the basics of how to fish, and, most importantly, shows children that fishing can be fun!
I encourage all those who currently fish in New York State to help us to grow the sport by taking someone new fishing this year to introduce them to this special sport that brings families and friends together. Together we can create a future generation that values the great outdoors we all cherish.
Have a great season!
Joe Martens, Commissioner
New York Department of Environmental Conservation