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DEC hosts sport fishing meeting in Lockport

LOCKPORT – The state Department of Environmental Conservation will host a public meeting on the state of trout and salmon fishing in Lake Ontario from 6:30 to 9 p.m. Monday in the Cornell Cooperative Extension building at the Niagara County Fairgrounds, 4487 Lake Ave., Lockport.

The DEC said it wants input on fishery management. Chinook salmon are surviving better thanks to new stocking methods, but their population is 6 million fish higher than the averages of a few years ago, endangering the population of Chinooks’ favorite prey fish, the alewife. The latter species, which is not native to the Great Lakes, already was stressed because of the cold winters of 2013-14 and 2014-15.

In announcing the meeting, DEC Commissioner Basil Seggos said, “Salmon and trout fishing in Lake Ontario have never been better. New York is committed to ensuring the ecological, recreational and economic benefits of Lake Ontario’s sport fisheries are sustained for generations to come.”

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