Message from the Governor

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Freshwater Fishing: A Driver for Ecotourism

New York State is committed to increasing and supporting a wide array of ecotourism initiatives, including freshwater fishing.

Our approach is simple—we are strengthening our commitment to protect New York State’s vast natural resources while seeking compelling ways for people to enjoy the great outdoors in a socially and environmentally responsible manner. The result is sustainable economic activity based on a sincere appreciation of our state’s natural resources and the values they provide.

We invite New Yorkers and visitors alike to enjoy our high-quality water resources.

New York is blessed with fisheries resources across the state. Every day, we manage and protect these fisheries with an eye to the future. To date, New York has made substantial investments in our fishing access sites to ensure that boaters and anglers have safe and well-maintained parking areas, access points, and boat launch sites. In addition, we are currently investing an additional $3.2 million in waterway access in 2019, including:

  • New or renovated boat launch sites on Cayuga, Oneida, and Otisco lakes
  • Upgrades to existing launch sites on Cranberry Lake, Delaware River, Lake Placid, Lake Champlain, Lake Ontario, Chautauqua Lake and Fourth Lake.

New York continues to improve and modernize our fish hatcheries. As Governor, I have committed $17 million to hatchery improvements. This year, we will begin construction of a new fish ladder at the Salmon River Hatchery, and renovation of our historic Caledonia Hatchery, the oldest hatchery in the U.S. DEC is also working with SUNY Cobleskill to develop innovative solutions to modernize our hatcheries by reducing water consumption and energy use.

Our investments are paying dividends. Based on the most recent national survey of fishing, hunting, and wildlife-associated recreation:

  • More than 1.2 million people fish in New York’s freshwaters each year, enjoying an estimated 19.2 million days of healthy outdoor recreation;
  • Anglers spend an estimated $1.4 billion annually in freshwater fishing equipment, trips, and related expenditures that support more than 9,200 jobs in New York;
  • New York ranks second in the nation in recreational fishing expenditures.

Every dollar spent on our freshwater fisheries creates a significant return on investment. The state’s investments are even greater considering the value of ecological services provided by these vital resources. Fishing also contributes to a healthier wellbeing for those practicing the sport, and greater appreciation and advocacy for the protection of New York’s lands and waters.

I encourage you to get out and cast a line this year and enjoy New York’s great fishing while supporting our local economies. Most of all, good luck on the water this year.

Andrew M. Cuomo

Governor, State of New York