The public will have the opportunity to learn about the state of Lake Ontario fisheries at public meetings held in Niagara, Monroe and Oswego counties throughout the month, according to the state Department of Environmental Conservation (DEC).
Niagara County’s meeting is slated for 6:30 to 9 p.m. March 14 at the Cornell Cooperative Extension Building, 4487 Lake Ave., Lockport. It will be co-hosted by the Cooperative Extension and the Niagara County Sportfishery Development Board.
Staff from DEC, the U.S. Geological Survey, and the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service will make a number of presentations, including updates on the status of trout and salmon fisheries in the lake and its tributaries, forage fish, and stocking programs. The meetings will also provide time for audience interaction.
Lake Ontario and its embayments and tributaries support thriving populations of fish, including a variety of trout, salmon, bass, walleye, yellow perch, and panfish. New York’s Lake Ontario waters comprise more than 2.7 million acres. A recent statewide angler survey estimated more than 2.6 million angler days were spent on Lake Ontario and major tributaries. The estimated value of these fisheries exceeded $112 million annually to local economies.
Information about DEC’s Lake Ontario fisheries assessment programs can be found at: http://www.dec.ny.gov/outdoor/27068.html or call Steven LaPan, head of the New York Great Lakes Fisheries Section at the Cape Vincent Fisheries Research Station, (315) 654-2147.