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New York officials have pushed back the start of a proposed ban on the use of a popular fishing technique to haul big Pacific salmon out of Great Lakes tributaries in New York state, according to the Associated Press.

The proposed statewide prohibition against "snagging" or "foul hooking" has been delayed from 1993 to 1994, to give the state Department of Environmental Conservation time to perform an environmental impact study.

"This is a complex subject involving environmental and socio-economic issues," said state Environmental Conservation Commissioner Thomas Jorling. "Public involvement is important to ensure that all points of view are heard."

The change means that an October 1993 snagging season will be held on several waterways popular among fishermen, including the Lake Ontario tributaries of Salmon River, Eighteen Mile Creek and the Genesee River, and the Lake Erie tributaries of Chautauqua Creek, Canadaway Creek and Cattaraugus Creek.

The DEC said the ruling will not affect a separate ban on snagging going into effect in 1991 on the Black and Perch rivers in Jefferson County where the DEC is trying to breed out Pacific salmon in favor of Atlantic varieties.


The Foothills Trail Club will ski or hike Emery Park on Saturday The Charests (689-8252) have details. Next Sunday, Mildred Sisti (876-7842) leads the club on a ski or hike in Alden Town Park.

Nordic Challenge set Jan. 19

Conventional cross-country skiers are getting a new race in Chautauqua County.

The Chautauqua Nordic Challenge will be run at the Chautauqua Institution Jan. 19 on a 12-kilometer intermediate course "with several challenging hills." The organizers say no "skating" will be allowed. There'll also be a halfway stop with bathrooms, waxing facilities and beverages available.

Sign-up is allowed the morning of the race, but only those signed in by Jan. 5 will be guaranteed a T-shirt. Entry costs $20 per person, $35 per family, and there are men's and women's divisions under 13 (who must be accompanied by an adult) 13-18, 19-35, 36-54 and 55 and over.

Contact Chautauqua Vacationlands at 753-4304.
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