The year 2000 marked the 50th anniversary since the signing of the
Sport Fish Restoration Act, which was a major landmark in natural
resource restoration and conservation in the United States. Several
fishing organizations have joined efforts to promote the sport and
encourage people to "step outside and enjoy fishing" as part of the
year-long celebration. New York Sea Grant is taking steps to participate
in this national initiative at the local level through its Extension
Program, a partnership with Cornell University.
Doing her part, NYSG's Marine Fishery Specialist Antoinette
Clemetson coordinated the online Fishery Resource Center, an outreach
and educational endeavor of the Program to provide general and technical
information to the state's marine district angling community. "Our goal
in creating this online angler's kit is to enhance the initial fishing
experience of beginners and less experienced anglers in order to
generate an interest in the sport that will eventually develop into
long-term commitment," says Clemetson.
The end result is a site featuring information on the biology,
life history, distribution, management and regulation for species that
are targeted by the region's avid sport fishers. Designed for beginners
and people with less experience in fishing, this website allows users an
opportunity to find hints to improve their fishing skills- angling
tips, rigging, knot tying, hook selection, angling etiquette and
"My hope is that beginners will find information designed to help
them have a positive fishing experience in our waters," says Clemetson.
"For the marine district's seasoned anglers, this site offers
information on recent developments in the fisheries management arena as
well as the research frontier."
Initially, this kit is being made available in electronic format
only. "In contrast with a print version, this high-tech medium not only
allows us to more rapidly provide our users with regular content
updates, but it also gives us the potential to reach a wider audience,"
The resources now available in this online format include species
profiles, fishing regulations, fishing techniques and a calendar of
events that are relevant to the angling community in the marine
district. Among other things, a directory for locating bait and tackle
suppliers will soon be an added feature to this site.
After visiting NYSG's online Fishery Resource Center, Clemetson
adds, "We welcome comments and suggestions to help us to improve its