DEC Announces Release of Draft Lake Ontario Atlantic Salmon Fisheries Management Plan

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Tue Jul 5, 2022 11:15am

Plan proposes new strategies to improve fishing in Lake Ontario

New York State Department of Environmental Conservation Commissioner Basil Seggos recently announced the release of a draft Lake Ontario Atlantic Salmon Fisheries Management Plan and is seeking public comment until August 14. The proposed plan outlines goals, objectives and management strategies for Atlantic salmon for the next 10 years, with a focus on improving the survival of stocked fish and increasing the number of adult Atlantic salmon that return to tributaries to spawn.

“Atlantic salmon is a native species and a premier sport fish that has been rare in New York waters for far too long,” Seggos said. “This plan offers a new approach to enhancing the fishery for this sought-after fish in Lake Ontario.

Atlantic salmon originated in Lake Ontario, but became extinct in the mid-1800s due to a variety of factors including habitat degradation and overfishing. The DEC currently stocks a small number of Atlantic salmon in Lake Ontario, which allows for limited fishing. Anglers have shown increasing interest in the development of the Atlantic salmon fishery, particularly in the tributaries of Lake Ontario.

The draft plan is available on the DEC website. The public is encouraged to provide comments on the plan by emailing them to [email protected]. The public comment period ends on August 14. For more information, contact Chris Legard, Lake Ontario DEC Unit Leader at Cape Vincent Fishing Station, at 315-654-2147.

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