DEC commissions $200k study of fish in Mohawk River

The Department of Environmental Conservation and the U. S. Geological Survey have launched a three-year cooperative study of Mohawk River fish species.

DEC Commissioner Joe Martens says the $200,000 comprehensive study will lead to a better understanding of Mohawk River fisheries and how changes in the river may have impacted fish species.

This study is part of the action agenda of Gov. Andrew Cuomo's "Mighty Waters" cabinet-level work group which seeks to promote environmental sustainability and reduce the hazards of flooding in the Mohawk River Basin.

Biologists will sample fish species at multiple sites this summer by electrofishing and beach netting. Most of the fish collected will be returned to the river after data collection is complete.