By Bill Hilts Jr.
As the state’s Department of Environmental Conservation ramps up efforts to celebrate its 50th anniversary in the Empire State this year, it is only fitting that the agency begins on an impressive note by offering something which has never been tried – an open day at a sports show.
On January 18, DEC will give executives of many key New York fisheries resources access to the Greater Niagara Fishing and Outdoor Expo at the Conference and Event Center, 101 Old Falls St., Niagara Falls.
“This provides the opportunity to have direct talks with the biologist and one-on-one managers,” said Steve Hurst, head of the DEC Fisheries Bureau. “We want to dialogue with our fishermen. It’s a new way of doing business.
“What I like about the Niagara show is that it’s an educational show. People are there to learn, ”he said. “We are the management side of the equation and participants can learn from us as well. “
By organizing an open house, participants will be able to better understand who DEC is and ask questions of those who make management decisions, the biologists who do research and the conservation officers who enforce the fish and game laws. . Ten stations will be installed in the Cataracte room from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m.
For example, if you are interested in Lake Ontario (open lake), Chris Legard (Lake Ontario Unit Leader), Mike Connerton (Aquatic Biologist) and Jessica Goretzke (Aquatic Biologist) of the Lake Ontario Fisheries Unit will be available to discuss the lake The management of Ontario’s fisheries, the open-lake trap survey, fisheries assessment and research programs, stocking and the cooperative pen culture program.