Help marine scientists catch, count, and release hundreds of fish in NYC this weekend

May 29, 2019

It’s time to seine. This weekend, marine scientists dispatch to waterfront sites across New York City, Westchester, and New Jersey as part of the annual “Great Fish Count.” Alongside top scientists, attendees will be able to cast a net and help catch, count, identify, and then release some of the fish found in the Harbor and Hudson River. Volunteers are welcome to attend any of the 18 seining events happening on Saturday.

Seining is a method of fishing that uses a large net to catch the fish. According to the event’s organizers, there are some 225 fish species found in the Harbor and Hudson ecosystem.

Hosted by the World Science Festival, the Great Fish Count will take place at 16 locations across all five boroughs. Seining spots include Hudson River Park, Inwood Hill Park, Brooklyn Bridge Park, Kaiser Park, Concrete Plant Park, Gantry Plaza State Park, Lemon Creek Park on Staten Island, and more.

If you miss the seining events Saturday, the Brooklyn Bridge Park is hosting a series of fish counts at Pier 4 beach this summer, including on June 22, July 13, August 10, and August 31.

The June 1 event is free, but RSVP’s are encouraged. Learn more about the Great Fish Count and reserve your spot here.


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