- Associated Press - Friday, August 12, 2016

ALBANY, N.Y. (AP) - Naturalists from the Albany area to New York City are getting nets, minnow traps and fishing rods ready for the fifth annual Hudson River Estuary Fish Count.

The public is invited to help biologists from the state Department of Environmental Conservation and several non-profit groups collect and count fish at multiple sites along the Hudson on Saturday. The fish are released after everyone has a chance to see them.

Seining will be done at numerous locations. That involves pulling a 30-foot net through the water and checking the fish, crabs and other creatures caught in the mesh.

Over the last four years, 47 species of fish have been recorded during the count. The most widespread were striped bass and white perch.

Participating sites are listed on the DEC website (https://on.ny.gov/2aoxVft ).

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