DEC and NYS Parks to Host 2nd Annual Long Island Women’s Fishing Show
The New York State Department of Environmental Conservation (DEC) and the Office of Parks, Recreation and Historic Preservation will hold the second annual Women’s Fishing Show at the State Park Reserve of Connetquot River on Saturday, September 25, 10 a.m. to 2 p.m.
“Women and girls are a vital and rapidly growing part of New York’s angling and outdoor recreation community,” said DEC Commissioner Basil Seggos. “The Long Island Women’s Fishing Expo connects attendees with the skills and knowledge necessary for successful and enjoyable outdoor and fishing experiences, helping to inspire the next generation of anglers.”
The Women’s Fishing Expo will provide hands-on teaching and experiential learning in a fun and supportive environment. This event will be hosted primarily by women fishermen and fishing professionals and includes networking opportunities for women-owned businesses and fishing clubs. Everyone is welcome to attend, although the main purpose of the event is to introduce women and girls to fishing.
“DEC is thrilled to bring back this wonderful program,” said Merlange Genece, Interim Regional Director of DEC. “Long Island has some fantastic fly fishing areas and we are delighted to present this rewarding activity to women who may not have had the opportunity to cast a line.”
Expo activities begin at 10 a.m. on September 25 and are free. A vehicle fee of $ 8 will apply. Parking is free for Empire Passport holders. The Empire 2021 Passport can be purchased for $ 80 at state park offices or online at the NYS Parks website.
Participants will learn about fishing opportunities on Long Island and the state, basic and intermediate fishing skills, basic knots, fly-tying demonstrations, fly casting instructions, and fisheries management. The event includes a visit to a trout hatchery, information on sea fishing and free fly fishing on the famous Connetquot River. Fly casting and fly fishing are limited to participants 14 years of age and over.
“Fishing is a fun way to interact with Long Island and New York State’s amazing natural environment year-round,” said Erik Kulleseid, State Parks Commissioner. “I would like to thank our CED partners for helping to introduce more women to this delicious and permanent sport.”
According to the most recent national survey of fishing, hunting, and wildlife-related recreation conducted by the US Fish and Wildlife Service, women make up more than 25 percent of all anglers, a number that has increased over the past decade. in recent decades. The Women’s Fishing Expo coincides with National Hunt and Fish Day, which is designated as a free fishing day in New York State, so the requirement for a freshwater fishing license for anglers aged 16 and over is suspended statewide.
It is a rain or shine event. Places are limited and pre-registration is required. For more information or to register, call DEC’s I FISH NY program at 631-444-0283, email [email protected] with the topic title Women’s Fishing Expo, or visit the DEC website.
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