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Great Hudson River Fish Count 2021 – Team Waterford

Contributed by Scott Wells, Posted 8/18/21: For a seventh straight year, DEC’s Region 4 Fisheries organized a productive group effort to collect and display river fishes for this popular public outreach event. Staff from the DEC Region 4 Stamford Fisheries, Central Office Div of Lands and Forests (Invasive Species), Div of Law Enforcement, and Capitol... Read More

Invasive Round Goby Caught in Hudson River

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Spotted Sucker in Buffalo

Contributed by Scott George, Scott Schlueter, and Doug Carlson, Posted 7/13/21: During the weeks of June 14 and June 21, field crews from the USGS-New York Water Science Center and USFWS-New York Field Office worked in concert to collect fish from the lower Buffalo River to assess the effects of recent sediment remediation efforts. Our... Read More

First annual ‘Free Fishing Day’ at Gilbert Lake State Park

Contributed by Scott Wells, Posted 7/8/21: On Saturday, June 26th, staff from OPRHP’s Gilbert Lake State Park (Otsego County) and DEC’s Region 4 Fisheries office in Stamford teamed up for a long-awaited event during NY’s annual free fishing weekend (last full weekend in June). Our main goal was to provide a free fishing event for... Read More

Hudson River Eel Project

Contributed by Sarah Mount, posted 6/30/21: June 6th was the last day of sampling at the last net still fishing from the 2021 Hudson River Eel Project. Students and volunteers sampled at 12 sites from Staten Island to Troy (160 river miles) to monitor the numbers of glass eels arriving from the ocean to better... Read More

Release of fishStan version 2.0

Contributed by Dan Stich, posted 1-25-21: Richard Erickson, Jillian Hebert (U.S. Geological Survey Upper Midwest Environmental Sciences Center), and Dan Stich (SUNY Oneonta, NY Chapter AFS) have released fishStan version 2.0 as a USGS Software Release. This is an R package for fitting a collection of hierarchical Bayesian models written in the Stan language, with... Read More

Atlantic Coast River Herring Collaborative Forum

Contributed by Dan Stich, posted 11-16-20: NOAA Fisheries, in collaboration with the Atlantic States Marine Fisheries Commission (ASMFC), convened a working group in the spring of 2014 to inform the development of a river herring conservation plan. Formally known as River Herring Technical Expert Working Group (TEWG), the TEWG established topic based subcommittees to compile... Read More

2020 Great Hudson River Fish Count

Contributed by Scott Wells, posted 9-4-20: Sixteen staff from New York’s DEC, OPRHP, and Capital-Mohawk PRISM offices represented the ‘upper river’ at the annual Fish Count held on Friday Aug 14. Along with four DEC volunteers, everyone was involved in either collecting and/or displaying river fishes at this growing event. Sampling effort included five shocking... Read More

USGS Nonindigenous Aquatic Species (NAS) Program

Round Goby Advance East of Utica But Invasion Remains Slow

Contributed by Scott George, posted 9-2-20: The 2020 Round Goby screening surveys were complicated by extended water level drawdowns in many sections of the Eastern Erie Canal. Nonetheless, eDNA sampling, benthic trawling, and backpack electrofishing was completed at most targeted sites during early June and again in mid-August. Of particular interest, a single round goby was... Read More