The New York State Department of Environmental Conservation (DEC) announced Thursday, Sept. 7 that its Rare Fish Unit’s round whitefish stocking efforts are paying off and the fish may soon be moved from the “endangered” to “threatened” species list.
DEC Fisheries staff recently netted 15 round whitefish in Bug Lake of Hamilton County near Inlet, N.Y. Six of these fish were second-generation after stocking.
“These results indicate a high survival rate plus offspring from stockings in 2006 and 2008,” said Judy Drabicki, Regional Director. “The round whitefish is proving its ability to live and survive in the wild.”
Bug Lake was chosen for stocking because it is a cold and clean lake and has consistently provided a high-quality fishery for brook trout and lake trout. DEC stocked a total of 19 waters in regions 5 and 6 since 2000.
This will be the third water with offspring found after stocking. The first two include Trout Pond of St. Lawrence County and Evergreen Lake of Herkimer County. Fisheries biologists with DEC and Cornell University and hatchery workers assisted in this stocking and research effort.
— New York State Department of Environmental Conservation