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8th Annual Hudson River Fish Count at Schodack Island State Park

Date: Saturday, August 10, 2019 7:00 pm - 8:30 pm


Join Fran Martino of River Haggie Outdoors for the 8th Annual Great Hudson River Estuary Fish Count, sponsored by NYSDEC’s Hudson River Estuary to explore the slippery creatures below the river's surface. Help capture fish using a 40-foot seine net (waders provided) and/or learn to identify the fish and record and send data from the shore.

Note evening times to catch low tide. Meet at the boat launch at Schodack Island State Park in Schodack Landing. Questions? Contact Fran Martino riverhaggie@people.pc

No charge, notify park staff you are volunteer. No advance registration. Can register online to recieve reminder here.

Resources for this outing are listed below and can also be found here along with learning goals.


Event can be used toward becoming a Rensselaer Naturalist.


From New York Harbor to its headwaters, the Hudson is home to more than 200 species of fish. During the Fish Count, an event sponsored by the New York State Department of Environmental Conservation’s Hudson River Estuary Program, participants will collect some of these fish using a seine net.  Seining involves pulling a 40-foot net through the water and checking out the fish, crabs, and other river life caught in its mesh. Participants may watch from shore or jump into available waterproof waders to help pull in the net. The fish are released after attendees view them up close.

Results from the many sites included in the Fish Count will be shared and by posting to Twitter using the hashtag #hudsonriverfishcount. Comparing notes will build understanding of the diversity of fishes and habitats in the Hudson, the vitality of the estuarine ecosystem in urban as well as rural settings, and the influence of salinity and tides.

Schodack Island State Park is located at 1 Schodack Island Way, Schodack Landing, NY  12156.  There are no Park entrance fees applicable after 4:00 P.M. for this event.

Funding has been provided in part by Health Research, Inc. to Rensselaer Land Trust for education and outreach about NYS Department of Health’s Hudson River Fish Advisory Project, and in cooperation with NYS DEC Hudson River Estuary Program, and Schodack Island State Park.  

Rensselaer Land Trust (RLT) is a non-profit organization organized exclusively for the purposes of protecting and preserving real property in Rensselaer County.  RLT’s nature preserves are open for the public for visitation, and they offer a wide variety of events and workshops, from hikes to wreath-making, kayak/canoe trips to cave spelunking.  For event schedule and more details, visit

The Great Hudson Estuary Fish Count is one of the components of RLT’s  “Rensselaer Naturalist” series which is designed to bring people deeper into nature and to enhance outdoor experiences. The series will also provide the basis for individuals to become more involved in citizen science, share outdoor activities with others, and make a difference in conservation of our natural resources.

For more information, visit the Great Hudson River Estuary Fish Count page on DEC’s website at While there, watch a clip about seining in the Hudson River on DEC’s YouTube Channel.


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