Lake Ontario

The College at Brockport

The College at Brockport is getting a grant to study the diet of salmon, trout, and other Great Lakes fish in hopes of identifing the source of a vitamin deficiency that causes early mortality syndrome.

Jacques Rinchard is an associate professor at the College of Brockport. He says certain fish are suffering from low levels of thiamine, or vitamin B1, in their diet.

"They can have wiggling or uncoordinated behavior and it could lead to the death of the adult."

It can also prevent fish eggs from hatching.

A schooner that sank off the shores of New York in Lake Ontario almost a century and a half ago has been discovered.

Steelhead fishing

ALBANY (AP) New York and federal conservation officials plan to brief the public about Lake Ontario and the state of its fisheries in a series of upcoming meetings in Niagara, Monroe and Oswego counties.

The lake, its bays and tributaries support populations of trout, salmon, bass, walleye, yellow perch and panfish, among others.

The Department of Environmental Conservation says they are thriving.

A survey estimated more than 2.6 million individual fishing days were spent on those waters in 2007.

The lake covers more than 2.7 million acres of New York.


ALBANY (AP) New York conservation officials have posted online potential changes to freshwater fishing regulations based on fish populations and talks with fishermen.

The Department of Environmental Conservation says it's seeking additional feedback from anglers about the changes, which would take effect April 1, 2017 if approved.

They are posted on the agency's website.

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A new plan for managing Lake Ontario’s water level makes shore property owners feel threatened.

The International Joint Commission oversees the management of Lake Ontario. For fifty years, a hydro-electric dam has regulated the naturally fluctuating shoreline. Frank Bevacqua of the IJC says scientific advancements show that the existing plan is harmful to the environment.

Center for Environmental Initiatives

Community members from across western New York came together in Rochester Thursday to address the issue of pollution in the Genesee River, and create an action plan for the immediate future.

The summit, run by the Center for Environmental Initiatives, was spurred by a new study which suggests human activity along the Genesee River Basin is having a direct impact on the water quality in Lake Ontario.



Today, local teens are hitting the beach for more than just a little "fun in the sun."

They're participating in a study to investigate an ongoing problem in the community, the water.