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Scattershot: Fish ladders and other outdoors news

West Falls CS offers  3-D archery shoots

With the opening of the Southern Zone big-game archery season less than three weeks away, West Falls Conservation Society (55 Bridge St., West Falls) will be offering bow benders four opportunities to participate in 3-D Archery shoots at the club to sharpen that shooting eye. On Sept. 24, the club will hold a friendly shoot from 7 a.m. to 2 p.m. There is no advance sign up. For more information contact Mike Cummings at 655-5030. In addition, there are  Thursday night 3-D shoots on Sept. 14, 21 and 28 starting at 4 p.m.  The club will also be offering a spaghetti and meatball dinner during the afternoon shoots on Thursdays.

CWD plan comment deadline near

Time is running out if you want to comment on the Department of Environmental Conservation’s (DEC) Draft Chronic Wasting Disease (CWD) Plan. The extended deadline is Sept. 15. The agency is seeking written comment on its New York State Interagency CWD Risk Minimization Plan, designed to protect both wild and captive deer and other cervids like moose and elk in the state. It is believed that the plan, between DEC and the state’s Department of Agriculture and Markets, would minimize risks of having CWD enter or spread in the Empire State. It would improve communications, update reporting and testing requirements, as well as simplify regulations to reduce confusion. To review the draft plan, visit Comments can be emailed by the Sept. 15 deadline at

New technology used on Lake Ontario fish ladder

Modern technology is changing the way that fisheries biologists can assess fish movement through a fish ladder or some other fish passage way. While visiting the Niagara County Fisheries Development Board at its monthly meeting, Andy Todd, manager of the Lake Ontario Management Unit for the Ontario Ministry of Natural Resources, talked about the strides that have been made to identify fish and administer a fish counting system that would be beneficial to the fisheries folks. Using the Ganaraska River at Corbett’s Dam as the example, Todd explained the new fish scanner and camera that has been put into place (in 2016), allowing fish biologists to see fish and identify them from a remote location. Since the best spawning habitat is above the dam, most of the fish must pass through the ladder. In the last seven days, more than 1,600 fish have been identified. In the last 30 days, more than 3,000 fish have migrated past. In the past year (2017), over 8,200 fish have been identified and documented. For more information and to see how this unique program works, check out A second system is being installed on the Credit River.

The system will help assess the OMNR’s extensive Atlantic salmon efforts. Atlantic salmon were stocked in the Ganaraska in 2016 and this River Watcher system will allow the agency to better monitor returns.

The amazing thing about the run of Pacific salmon in the Ganaraska River is that there has never been any of these fish stocked there – they have all been naturally reproduced. The river has also become a model for an experiment: taking eggs from these fish, hatching them and using them in the Credit River to see if the same Ganaraska attributes work there – better staging for mature fish and a prolonged series of runs when the fish are ready to spawn. This is the second year for this program. The Ganaraska River is located at Port Hope, just east of the Toronto.


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