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DEC hosts meeting to discuss current state of Lake Ontario

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CNY/NNY/S. Tier: DEC hosts meeting to discuss current state of Lake Ontario
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PULASKI, N.Y. -- The Department of Environmental Conservation held a public meeting about the state of Lake Ontario.

The meeting is part of Governor Cuomo's New York Open for Fishing and Hunting Initiative. Officials discussed several topics, including the current status of the lake, the fisheries, new regulation proposals, and the DEC's plan for stocking the lake.

According to officials, the lake has become a popular fishing destination, and an important part of the local economy.

"Many of the folks here rely in some part for their livelihood on the fisheries, so there are charter captains here, business owners for marinas, bait shops, hotels, those kinds of things," said Steve LaPan, head of the DEC Great Lakes Fisheries Section. "So they are interested in finding out how many fish we are going to stock, and what the status of the fishery is, and what the predictions are for the future health of the lake."

To learn more about fishing regulations for Lake Ontario and other areas across the state, head to www.dec.ny.gov.

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