DEC Region 8 Fisheries and Caledonia Hatchery staff recently assisted staff from the U.S. Geological Survey lab in Tunison, NY and the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service Northeast Fishery Center in stocking 100,000 fingerling ciscoes (lake herring) into Lake Ontario.
DEC staff collected cisco eggs during the late fall and winter of 2016, and they were hatched at the Tunison Lab and Northeast Fishery Center. The stocking is part of an effort to restore Lake Ontario’s native herring, which were once an important prey fish in the lake.
Learn more about Lake Ontario fishery management.