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"Dense Fog Advisory, High Wind Watch" ...Dense fog advisory in effect until 10 am EST Sunday... ...High wind watch remains in effect from late Sunday night through late Monday night... The National Weather Service in Upton has issued a dense fog advisory...which is in effect until 10 am EST Sunday. * Dense fog...visibilities dropping to one quarter mile or less. * Dense fog timing...into Sunday morning. * Dense fog impacts...significantly reduced visibilities will make travel difficult. * High winds...northeast 30 to 40 mph with gusts up to 60 mph. * High wind timing...strongest winds will likely occur from mid morning Monday into Monday evening. * High wind impacts...damaging winds will blow down trees and power lines. Widespread power outages are expected. Travel will be difficult...especially for high profile vehicles. Limited visibilities will make travel very difficult. Precautionary/preparedness actions... A high wind watch means there is the potential for a hazardous high wind event. Sustained winds of at least 40 mph... or gusts of 58 mph or higher... may occur. Continue to monitor the latest forecasts. A dense fog advisory means visibilities will frequently be reduced to one quarter mile or less. If driving...slow down...use your low beam headlights...and leave plenty of distance ahead of you in case a sudden stop is needed. , "Marine Fog Advisory, Storm Warning" ...Dense fog advisory in effect until 10 am EST Sunday... ...Storm Warning remains in effect from 1 am Monday to 1 am EST Tuesday... The National Weather Service in Upton has issued a dense fog advisory...which is in effect until 10 am EST Sunday. * Winds and seas...east winds 35 to 45 kt with gusts 50 to 55 kt. Seas 7 to 11 feet...and as high as 9 to 12 feet east of Orient Point. * Visibility...1 nm or less through early Sunday morning. Precautionary/preparedness actions... A Storm Warning means sustained winds or frequent gusts of 48 to 63 kt are expected or occurring. Recreational boaters should remain in port...or take shelter until winds and waves subside. Commercial vessels should prepare for very strong winds and dangerous sea conditions...and consider remaining in port or taking shelter in port until winds and waves subside. A dense fog advisory means visibilities will frequently be reduced to less than one mile. Inexperienced mariners... especially those operating smaller vessels should avoid navigating in these conditions. -- Saturday Jan.21 17,10:36 PM

Governor Cuomo Kicks Off #IFISHNY Challenge Based Within Mobile App

Grand Prize Includes Lifetime Fishing Licenses for Longest Largemouth and Striped Bass, Along with Other Prizes

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Albany, NY - August 11, 2014 - Governor Andrew M. Cuomo today announced the #IFISHNY Challenge, a Statewide fishing contest that calls upon anglers to show off their prize largemouth and striped bass catches by using the New York Fishing, Hunting & Wildlife app. The Challenge runs August 11 through Labor Day, September 1, and winners will be announced during the first week of September.
 
“The #IFISHNY Challenge is a great way to showcase some of the best fishing in the country – right here in New York,” Governor Cuomo said. “The New York Fishing, Hunting & Wildlife App immerses nature-lovers in all-things-outdoors, inviting anglers of all ages and skill levels to enter the Challenge. Once you fish in New York, you’ll be hooked.”
 
DEC will provide one free lifetime fishing license to be awarded for the longest largemouth bass and one for the longest striped bass caught and properly submitted to the Challenge. Runners-up in each of DEC’s seven Watchable Wildlife Regions throughout the State (Long Island, New York City, Catskills, Hudson Valley, Adirondacks, Central New York and Western New York) will be awarded other prizes, including a B.A.S.S. Gift Basket with a year’s subscription to Bassmaster Magazine, Taste NY Gift Baskets, DEC Watchable Wildlife Guides and Conservationist magazine subscriptions, lift tickets valid at Gore, Whiteface or Belleayre Mountains and even more prizes to be announced. All prizes are subject to the terms, conditions, and procedures in the Official Rules found here.
 
“Largemouth and striped bass are two of New York’s most popular game fish,” said DEC Commissioner Joe Martens. “Using the Trophy Case feature in our New York Fishing, Hunting & Wildlife App, we invite anglers to help us showcase the world-class game fishing available in New York State and have some fast-paced fun in the process.”
 
Bruce Akin, CEO of B.A.S.S., said, “The #IFISHNY Challenge is an innovative contest, and B.A.S.S. applauds this initiative to combine social media and fishing as a way of introducing new anglers to a sport so many of us have come to enjoy. New York has some of the richest lakes and streams for fishing in the Northeast, and we are proud to support Governor Cuomo’s efforts to illuminate them this summer.”
 
Jason Kemper, Chairman of the Conversation Fund Advisory Board, said, “This Challenge is a perfect way to encourage responsible fishing and engage anglers in all parts of New York in learning more about the State’s expansive natural beauty. I thank Governor Cuomo and the Department of Environmental Conversation for hosting the Challenge, and wish all of the participants good luck.”
 
DEC developed the free New York Fishing, Hunting & Wildlife mobile app in partnership with Parks By Nature Network at no cost to the State. The app provides up-to-date information on fishing, hunting, wildlife watching and other outdoor adventure opportunities in New York State and gives both novice and seasoned outdoorsmen and women essential information in the palm of their hand. The app was released in May and is available for use on iOS and Android devices; users can download it from the State’s mobile app webpage here.
 
Governor Cuomo's NY Open for Fishing and Hunting Initiative works to improve recreational activities for resident and visiting sportsmen and sportswomen and boosts tourism throughout the State. This initiative includes streamlining fishing and hunting licensing, reducing license fees, improving access for fishing at various sites across the State, stocking as much as 900,000 pounds of fish, providing free fishing events and enabling many more New Yorkers to experience fishing for the first time. The initiative also increases hunting and other activities across the State by providing funding to support land and water access projects to connect hunters, anglers, bird watchers and others who enjoy the outdoors to more than 380,000 acres of existing State and easement lands that have not reached their full potential. Through these efforts, New York has become a premier destination for bass fishing tournaments at the Great Lakes, Finger Lakes, Lake Champlain and Oneida Lake.