‘State of the Lake’ meetings set

Albany — DEC has scheduled three public meetings this month to
discuss the status of the Lake Ontario fishery.

The annual “State of the Lake” sessions will be held in Niagara,
Monroe and Oswego counties and provide an opportunity for the
public to meet with the scientists who study Lake Ontario
fisheries.

A 2007 statewide angler survey estimated more than 2.6 million
angler days were spent on Lake Ontario and its major tributaries.
The estimated value of these fisheries exceeded $112 million to
local New York economies.

Biologists from DEC and the U.S. Geological Survey will make
presentations at meetings, including updates on trout and salmon
fisheries, forage fish populations, lake trout restoration efforts,
warmwater fish populations and sea lamprey control. There will also
be an update on the status of Lake Ontario Sportfishing Restoration
Program projects that are funded by a natural resources damage
settlement. Following the presentations, the public can ask
questions and interact with the presenters. The meeting dates
are:

• Tuesday, March 9, from 7-10 p.m. at the Oswego County BOCES,
179 County Route 64, Mexico, 13114 (Oswego County). For
information, contact Dan Bishop in the DEC Cortland office at (607)
753-3095.

• Wednesday, March 10, from 7-10 p.m. at the Imaging Sciences
Auditorium, Chester F. Carlson Building (76) on the Rochester
Institute of Technology (RIT) campus, Rochester (Monroe County).
For information, contact Web Pearsall in DEC’s Avon office at (585)
226-5339.

• Tuesday, March 16, from 6:30-9:30 p.m. at the Cornell
Cooperative Extension Building, 4487 Lake Ave., Lockport (Niagara
County). For information, contact Paul McKeown in DEC’s Allegany
sub-office at (716) 372-0645 or Mike Wilkinson in the Buffalo
office at (716) 851-7010.

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