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Fish stories to be told

Area fish and fishery information will abound during a fishery forum at Niagara Community College on Saturday.

Friends of the Lower Great Lakes Fishery Resources Office in Amherst will host a Great Lakes Fishery Day at NCC from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. Registration starts at 8 a.m.

Anglers and fishery folk will give talks on fishing and the science that goes into sustaining healthy fish populations.

Rick Kustich, noted author and fly angler, will discuss fly fishing on Lake Erie, Lake Ontario and the Niagara River.

Vince Tobia, of Cattaraugus Creek Outfitters, will talk about the exceptional steelhead fishing on Lake Erie tributaries.

Charter captain Frank Campbell will describe the year-round salmonid fishery found in area Great Lakes waters.

U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service fishery biologist Mike Goehle will give an update on the latest invasive species, including Asian Carp.

Helen Domske, senior extension specialist with New York Sea Grant, will present data on botulism and on Viral Hemorrhagic Septicemia (VHS)

A $20 registration ($10 for ages 12 and younger) fee includes the program, lunch, refreshments, and a one-year Friends membership and a T-shirt.

Attendees must pre-register. Check with Dave Whitt at 754-2133 for sign-up details.


Penn project

Shakespeare Fishing Tackle, a long-established U.S.-based tackle company, has acquired another well-known U.S. rod-and-reel maker.

Penn, founded in 1932, produces a fine line of saltwater trolling reels, including the International, Senator, GT, and GTO models along with a reliable array of heavy-duty Great Lakes gear.

Shakespeare previously has taken over production of pflueger and All Star rods and reels.


Falconry test

Students interested in beginning a two-year apprenticeship to obtain a general falconry license have until April 6 to apply for a Falconry Apprentice License exam to be held April 27.

Applicants must be at least 14 years old, possess a New York State small game hunting license and have DEC-approved housing for raptors. For details, call 518-402-8985 or write to Falconry, NYSDEC Special Licenses Unit, 625 Broadway, Albany, N.Y. 12233-4752.


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