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Like the US Marine Corps, the St. Lawrence Fisheries Advisory Board is always looking for a few, make that more than more than a few, good men and women.

Men or women who wish to volunteer their time and energy to improving recreational fishing and recreation facilities throughout the county.

The board is appointed by the St. Lawrence County Board of Legislature and advises and informs the legislators on issues of concern for sporting and outdoor enthusiasts.

“Right now we are looking for people who feel a need to help the fishery and recreation facilities in their parts of the county,” said Bob Flavin of Ogdensburg who is serving as the chairman of the fisheries advisory board.

“Right now we have seven members and we are looking for more. There is no set number and anyone interested in asked to apply”.

Anyone interested in joining the board should contact Flavin at cva59@verizon.net or Mike Seymour at fishmike@twcny.rr.com. Other members of the board at the present time are Don Lucas, Jim Boyce, Dick Matzell, Louie Barkley and Bob Giordano.

“Right now most of our members are from the St. Lawrence River and Black Lake areas. We really need somebody from the southern end of the county, the Cranberry Lake and Star Lake areas.”

To encourage potential members from those areas of the county, Flavin has worked with the St. Lawrence County BOCES to set up teleconference facilities for meetings at the BOCES headquarters in Canton.

The board meets on the fourth Tuesday of the months of January, March, May, September and November.

The July meeting is incorporated into a fishing outings to a different location in the county each year. In recent years members have enjoyed outings on the St. Lawrence River out of Ogdensburg and Waddington, Crary Falls and Black Lake. “The July outing is always a great day,” says Flavin.

In recent years the SLC Fisheries Advisory Board has been involved in promoting walleye restocking, supporting FISHCAP events and has been involved the relicensing of dams all over the county. The board is currently involved in efforts to approach the New York State Power Authority about keeping NYPA docks at boat launch on the St. Lawrence River open longer.

NYPA removed its docks on Oct. 21 in 2013.

“If people have problems or concerns in their areas we want to hear from them,” said Flavin.

“Then we will do everything we can to help make things better.”

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