DEC stocks more than 2.3 million catchable-size brook, brown, and rainbow trout in over 309 lakes and ponds and roughly 2,900 miles of streams across the state each spring. This dataset represents the planned stocking numbers, species and time of spring for those waters for the current fishing season.
These are planned stockings for the year reported. Actual stocking may differ depending on fish availability, weather conditions and other factors during the year of stocking. The current stocking data is updated annually in mid-March.
Each year DEC releases approximately 900,000 pounds of fish into more than 1,200 public streams, rivers, lakes and ponds across the state. These fish are stocked for two main purposes: to enhance recreational fishing and to restore native species to waters they formerly occupied. The DEC runs 12 fish hatcheries, each specializing in raising one or more species of fish, including brook trout, brown trout, rainbow trout, lake trout, steelhead, chinook salmon, coho salmon, landlocked salmon, walleye, muskellunge and tiger muskellunge. All hatcheries are open to the public from spring through fall, and several are open year-round. The Fish Stocking Lists are updated approximately mid-May the year following the actual stocking. The number of stocked fish is an estimate, not an actual count.
In the past decade the number of farmers' markets in New York State has grown at a rapid rate. The dataset contains information detailing the time and location of community farmers' markets as well as the name and phone number of the market manager.