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Lake Ontario salmon, trout stocking to remain lower in 2018

Reviving alewife numbers in Lake Ontario was the aim of a 20 percent reduction in chinook salmon and lake trout stocking by the U.S. and Canada this year.

A recent survey revealed populations of the alewife, which is the primary food for chinook salmon, showed "a strong first step toward recovery," according to the state Department of Environmental Conservation.

DEC officials said in order to continue rebuilding the population of the prey fish in the lake, environmental managers from New York and Ontario intend to keep 2018's stocking levels of chinook salmon and trout at the reduced levels from this year.

The DEC will update the public about Lake Ontario's fishery at 6:30 p.m. Wednesday at the Cornell Cooperative Extension office at 4487 Lake Ave. in Lockport.


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