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Outdoors notebook: Pen pals sought for fish project

Lake Ontario Trout and Salmon Association begins its 10th Annual Olcott Pen Rearing Project starting at 8:30 a.m. Saturday at the Town of Newfane Marina in Olcott Harbor.

The project has successfully reared and released more than 560,000 Chinook salmon and steelhead trout during nearly a decade of service. Department of Environment Conservation officials note that pen-reared fish have a 70 percent better survival rate than trout and salmon stocked directly into tributary streams.

Interested volunteers can bring along a pair of side cutters to the Olcott marina on Saturday to assist in the startup phase of the project. For more details, call Joe Yeager at 636-0519 or go to

Fall duck calls

The DEC seeks hunter input on the upcoming fall waterfowl season-setting with comments forwarded to area task force members on or before April 4. For the name of the closest task force person, go to

To forward comments directly to the DEC Bureau of Wildlife, email:

ECO Kenney honored

DEC Environmental Conservation Officer Jerry Kenney has been selected as the National Wild Turkey Federation “2013 New York Officer of the Year”.

DEC Region 9 Captain Frank Lauricella cited Kenney’s numerous fish and wildlife violation cases and an extended deer-jacking case successfully closed after months of investigation. Lauricella also noted his involvements in youth education programs in six of the region’s counties.

Outdoors scholarship

The 2014 Don Johannes Memorial Scholarship provides funds to a promising student committed to outdoors studies.

Sponsored by the Wilson Harbor Invitational Fishing Tournament, the scholarship will go to any student or graduate student enrolled in an environmental, fish or wildlife degree program.

Applications must be submitted by April 15. For details, call 791-3646 or email: