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7th Annual Great Hudson River Fish Count Aug. 11
New York Ag Connection - 08/07/2018

New York State Department of Environmental Conservation (DEC) Commissioner Basil Seggos Monday announced that the seventh annual Great Hudson River Estuary Fish Count will take place at multiple sites along the banks and piers of the Hudson River on Aug. 11. "Citizen science efforts like the Great Hudson River Estuary Fish Count provide our fishery managers with invaluable data and give people the opportunity to help DEC monitor New York's natural resources," Commissioner Seggos said. "I encourage anyone interested and able to participate to visit one of these sites along the river and partner in our sampling efforts.Ē The public is invited to join naturalists from the Capital Region to New York City to explore the variety of creatures usually hidden below the riverís surface. Fresh upriver and salty at New York City, the Hudson Riverís estuary and watershed are home to more than 200 fish species, including several that migrate into the river from the Atlantic Ocean each spring to spawn. During the fish count, participating organizations encourage visitors to help collect fish using seine nets, minnow traps, or rods and reels. Seining involves pulling a 30-foot net through the water and checking out the fish, crabs, and other river-life caught in its mesh. Participants may watch from shore or jump into available waterproof waders and help pull in the net. The fish are released after everyone has a chance to see them up close. Participating groups share their catch results via cell phones and by posting to the DEC Twitter feed with the hashtag #hudsonriverfishcount. Comparing notes builds understanding of the diversity of fishes and habitats in the Hudson, the vitality of the estuarine ecosystem in urban and rural settings, and the influence of salinity and tides. A list of participating sites follows. For more information, visit the Great Hudson River Estuary Fish Count page on DECís website at While there, watch a clip about seining in the Hudson River on DECís YouTube Channel.

All Fish Count programs are family-friendly and free of charge. For more information email or call (845) 256-3115.

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