November 10, 2012

DEC adopts bobcat management plan

State releases bloater fish in Lake Ontario 

OSWEGO (AP) — New York’s Department of Environmental Conservation is partnering with federal and Canadian agencies to restore the “bloater” fish to Lake Ontario.

Juvenile bloaters raised in a hatchery were released offshore of Oswego on Thursday, bringing the fish to the lake for the first time in 30 years. Biologists say re-establishing the species will add stability to the lake’s ecosystem and sport fisheries.

The bloater is a type of deepwater cisco and was once the most abundant prey fish in the lake. Populations declined dramatically by the mid-20th century due to over-harvesting and expanding populations of invasive alewife and rainbow smelt.

Re-introducing bloaters will provide more food choices for lake trout and salmon, which can develop vitamin B deficiency if they feed primarily on alewife.

State puts gilt darters into river 

OLEAN (AP) — Biologists have released about 1,200 baby gilt darters into the Allegheny River and Oswayo Creek in western New York as part of efforts to restore populations of the endangered fish.

Department of Environmental Conservation Commissioner Joe Martens says the release on Wednesday was a milestone in the recovery of gilt darters in New York.

The restoration work involves scientists from New York’s DEC and state university at Cobleskill, as well as the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service and the Pennsylvania Fish and Boat Commission.

The gilt darter has been identified as a priority species for recovery efforts. This is the first time it’s been stocked in New York waters. The bottom-feeding fish average two to three inches in length.

DEC adopts bobcat management plan

After carefully considering more than 1,600 public comments and analyzing all information on New York’s current bobcat population, the state Department of Environmental Conservation adopted a five-year bobcat management plan to maintain and enhance bobcat populations in New York state while providing for sustainable use and public enjoyment of the animal, DEC Commissioner Joe Martens announced today. The final bobcat management plan, which is significantly revised from the draft plan, is now available on the DEC website.

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