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Fish stocking may be down in 2013

— Due to disease at one of the key fish hatcheries in New York state, Essex County may see fewer trout being stocked into its lakes and rivers.

Essex County Fish Hatchery manager Steve LaMere told members of the Economic Development Committee Jan. 14 that there could be as much as a 20 percent reduction in the number of brown trout and brook trout being stocked in the region due to the outbreak.

“We are hopeful that this will be a one-year lull,” LaMere said. “Here we have always tested negative in terms of certified diseases. If you see a decrease in state fish stocking, that is not on our part, it is on the state’s part.”

Changing climate, tourism

ROOST Executive Director Jim McKenna spoke to members of the committee about winter tourism on a mid-January day where temperatures almost bit 50 degrees.

“Things are changing, and we have to really start thinking about that and what we are going to have to do long term,” McKenna said. “We will have snow, but what the trends are saying is that it is going to be erratic. When it is in the 60s down in New York City, they are not going to be thinking about winter up here.”

Minerva Supervisor Sue Montgomery Corey agreed.

“I think that it is important that we start looking at our area as a four-season model and not under just a winter model,” she said.

McKenna also responded to the recent State of the State address.

“Clearly (Gov. Cuomo) has found a good spot in his heart for the Adirondacks,” he said. “He has talked about expanding marketing in the region and coming up with new events. There are lot of good things that are putting us in a good place.”

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