PLATTSBURGH — Anyone can fish for free in New York state this Veterans Day.
Gov. Andrew M. Cuomo announced that Monday, Nov. 11 would be one of the state's six Free Fishing Days, meaning licenses would not be a requirement.
The free day was hoped to encourage more people, New Yorkers and non-New Yorkers alike, to get outdoors and enjoy the state's angling opportunities.
"New York is home to some of the best fishing spots in the country," Cuomo says in the release.
"Designating Veterans Day as one of our Free Fishing Days is just one way to acknowledge the bravery and significant contributions of our state's veterans, while offering them the opportunity to enjoy all New York's world-class waters have to offer."
Department of Environmental Conservation Commissioner Basil Seggos was happy the day of free fishing would be a salute to the state's servicemen and women.
"It's a great opportunity for experienced anglers to introduce friends or relatives to the sport," Seggos says in the release.
SUPPORT THE SPORT
New York's Free Fishing Days began in 1991 to give non-fisherman a chance to try it, at no cost, before encouraging them to support the sport with the purchase of a state fishing license.
Under Cuomo's New York Open for Fishing and Hunting Initiative, the Department of Environmental Conservation administers the Free Fishing Days.
Legislation signed by the governor in 2015 upped the number of authorized statewide Free Fishing Days to six and every year since, the news release adds, Veterans Day has been designated one of them.
The next dates have been scheduled for the weekends of Feb. 15 and 16, as well as June 27 and 28.
According to the state's release, New York fishing and hunting build a sense of stewardship of fish and wildlife resources and habitats.
The hobbies also "provide an opportunity for experienced hunters and anglers to share their knowledge with others, and promote participation in hunting, fishing and recreational shooting through the mentoring of young hunters and anglers," it continues.
"New York's hunters and anglers contribute an estimated $4.9 billion to the economy in spending, which supports more than 56,000 jobs and $623 million in state and local taxes."
OTHER RULES APPLY
Though fishing licenses are waived on Free Fishing Days, all other statewide fishing regulations are still in effect.
A list of New York's fisheries can be found online at https://www.dec.ny.gov/outdoor/7749.html.
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