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State DEC conducting survey of freshwater anglers

Freshwater anglers who bought fishing licenses in 2017 may be asked to participate in a statewide survey designed to learn more about their angling behaviors, preferences and thoughts on fisheries management issues.

The state Department of Environmental Conservation last conducted such a survey in 2007. It is designed to help fisheries managers better understand where anglers are fishing, what they are fishing for, how many days they spend on the water and what they spend their money on.

The state in January plans to send emails to survey license buyers, directing recipients to an online survey questionnaire. Survey questionnaires also will be mailed next month to a smaller group of anglers, allowing for the state to also compare the two survey methods.

Survey results will be released in spring 2019.

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