12th Annual Great Hudson River Estuary Fish Count
AUGUST 21, 2023 — Each year, for the past 12 years, the New York State Department of Environmental Conservation hosts the Great Hudson River Estuary Fish Count. This year the event took place at nine sites, including Lemon Creek Park on Staten Island.
OR&R's Assessment and Restoration Division and the NOAA Restoration Center partnered with the Environmental Educator Coordinator from the Hudson River Estuary Program to showcase field sampling techniques in a tidal pond and the Raritan Bay. The free event allows the public to participate in different collection methods to learn about the diversity of fish and invertebrates in and around the Hudson River estuary. Due to poor air quality from the Canadian wildfires, the event took place in August rather than June, which provided an opportunity for more than 30 participants of all ages to observe the different species using these waters in midsummer compared to those typically collected in late Spring.