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2018-03-13 / Outdoor Life

DEC Plans Upper Delaware Trout Fishery Meeting

By Tom Coddington

HANCOCK — The New York State Department of Environmental Conservation (DEC) will hold a public meeting to outline plans for upcoming fisheries work on the Upper Delaware system tonight (March 13) from 6-7 at the Hancock Central School. The system is made up of the east and west branches of the river, which converge in Hancock to form the main stem of the Delaware River.

At the meeting, biologists will outline a comprehensive fisheries plan to assess the current status of the wild trout fishery. Developed by DEC and the Pennsylvania Fish and Boat Commission, the plan will be completed over the next three years.

The plan includes survey activities such as monthly electrofishing, spring and fall redd counts (measures of trout spawning activity), Trout tagging and an angler creel survey. The purpose of this intensive effort is to gather information to develop a new fisheries management plan for the trout fishery of the upper Delaware system.

The meeting will offer anglers and the public the opportunity to ask questions about the upcoming work and learn about how they can support the investigation plan.

Copies of the fisheries investigation plan are available on the DEC website. Questions can be sent to Chris VanMaaren, DEC Region 4 fisheries manager at 65561 State Highway 10, Stamford, NY 12167, or emailed to fwfish4@ dec.ny.gov.

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