TARRYTOWN, N.Y. -- A number of organizations along the Hudson River, from Manhattan to Albany, recently spent time catching fish in nets to get a snapshot of the health of the Hudson River estuary.
Teatown Lake Reservation counted fish at the Kathryn Davis RiverWalk Center in Sleepy Hollow. More than 20 adults and children came to the center to serve as citizen scientists.
The Hudson River is home to more than 200 species of fish, including American eel, spottail shiner, Atlantic menhaden, white perch and striped bass. The largest quantities of fish retrieved from the river during the fish count included Atlantic menhaden (145), striped bass (97) and spottail shiner (88).
Counts were taken at specific locations along the river and were phoned into a central location, where the Department of Environmental Conservation tabulated the results. The lower Hudson estuary in Westchester County provides critical habitat for fish, serving as a nursery with abundant plant growth that supports large numbers of tiny invertebrates eaten by young fish.
This is the second year the department has hosted the fish count along the river. Through this initiative, it hopes to gain a better understanding of the diversity of the various fish inhabiting the river and compare the fish populations year after year in urban settings, as well as those in more rural settings, to assess the river’s overall health.
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