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For release: Wednesday, July 6, 2022

The New York State Department of Environmental Conservation (DEC) Law Enforcement Division enforces the 71 chapters of the New York State Environmental Conservation Act (ECL), protecting fish and wildlife and preserving environmental quality in New York. . In 1880, the first eight Game Protectors proudly began serving to protect the natural resources and people of New York State. In 2021, 282 Environmental Conservation Officers (ECOs) and Investigators across the state responded to 26,207 calls and worked on cases that resulted in 11,562 fines or arrests for violations ranging from deer poaching to dumping solid waste, illegal mining, pet trade on the black market, and excessive emissions violations.

“DEC law enforcement officers and environmental conservation investigators are on the front lines every day protecting our natural resources, upholding New York’s environmental laws and regulations, and protecting public health,” said DEC Commissioner Basil Seggos. “From ensuring hunters and fishermen follow rules and regulations in the field and on the water, to maintaining partnerships with local law enforcement agencies that investigate crimes that include solid waste dumping and air emissions violations, ECOs and investigators are on patrol, ready to serve their communities. Each year brings new challenges and, fortunately, these Officers and Investigators are skillfully trained to perform their duties with persistence, integrity and common sense, as they have done for over a century.”

Youth Outdoor Exhibition – County Ulster
On June 4, ECOs Johnson and Chomicki attended the Federated Sportsmen’s Clubs of Ulster County Outdoor Youth Expo at Lippman Park in Wawarsing. The ECOs displayed native animal skins and equipment such as ATVs to encourage children to get outside and have fun. Officers also answered questions about the functions of an ECO and participating children were given the opportunity to fish for free thanks to the Wawarsing Rod and Gun Club.


Native skins on the ECO table at the Youth Outdoor Expo in Ulster County

Wounded Fisherman – County Ulster
On June 8, ECO Johnson responded to a 911 call to an injured person along the rocks of Rondout Creek in Marbletown. The man had fallen on some rocks while fishing along the creek’s shore. ECO Johnson, along with officers from the New York State Police, the Ulster County Sheriff’s Office, the Rosendale Police Department and the High Falls Fire Department, took the injured fisherman to a waiting ambulance, where he was evaluated.

Red emergency truck with red boat on the back
Emergency crews respond to injuries in Rondout Creek

Fawn in Peril – Erie County
On June 12, ECO Mathis responded to reports of two cubs trying to cross Route 5 in the city of Hamburg after a doe was shot and killed on this busy road. Officer Mathis and a Good Samaritan tried to catch the cubs to no avail. After several attempts over the next few days, ECO Mathis trapped one of the malnourished pups behind a nearby home and transported him to a local wildlife rehabilitator.

ECO holding small deer in a green blanket
ECO Mathis with rescued puppy

Celebration of Community Public Service – Plattsburgh
On June 23, ECOs Nicols and Lacroix and Lt. Younglove held an outreach at the Plattsburgh Celebration of Community-Oriented Public Services (COPS), hosted by the Plattsburgh Police Department and the Capital District Physicians Health Plan. The event, attended by approximately 300 people, connects police officers to the communities they serve and offers free gifts, local food trucks and music.

Two kids sitting on ECO ATV with an ECO next to them
ECO Lieutenant Younglove and some special young visitors at the Plattsburgh Celebration of Community Oriented Public Service

600 donated fishing rods – County Erie
On June 25, ECO Damrath joined the leaders of Buffalo United Front, a community charity organization, to host the group’s annual Family Free Fishing Weekend. The two-day event was held in Broderick Park on the Niagara River and is the largest of its kind in the state of New York. Organizers donated 600 fishing rods at the park, which was packed with new fishing enthusiasts throughout the weekend.

People line up at a white tent for a free fishing weekend
Many attendees attend the annual Family Free Fishing Weekend in Buffalo

Busy Day for ECOs on the Atlantic Ocean – New York County
The morning of June 25th began with ECOs Milliron, McCarthy and Lieutenant Unger conducting fisherman checks in the Exclusive Economic Zone (EEZ), targeting highly migratory species such as shark and tuna. Officers spotted a small humpback whale feeding in a large school of bunkers approximately four miles south of Rockaway Beach. To protect the whale, officials advised boaters in the area to keep their distance and monitored the area to ensure boaters’ compliance. In the early afternoon, ECOs helped the US Coast Guard with the ‘Jet Ski Invasion 2022’ event on the East River near Randall Island. Hundreds of jet skis crossed the East and Harlem rivers throughout the day. During the patrol, ECOs responded to a distress call from a small vessel with three people on board that ran aground on Rikers Island. No one was injured and the NYPD transported the group to the coast.

whale blowhole spray in water
ECOs keep sailors away to protect whale spotted near Rockaway Beach

ECO on the edge of a boat as they approach jet skis in the distance
Large group of jet skiers on the Harlem River near Randall Island

ECOs on a boat with large buildings in the background
ECOs prepare to help ship stranded in East River, Queens County

Special Fishing Event for Some Special Kids – Long Island Sound
On June 29, ECOs held a special fishing event for kids new to fishing. ECOs DeRose, Macropoulos and Cacciola took a group of 15 children from Little Flower Children Services to fish in Long Island Sound aboard the Osprey, a privately chartered boat donated for the occasion and captained by April Peterson. The I Fish NY team joined the DEC Law Enforcement Division, assisting and educating the children as they captured porgy. The trip was organized and funded by DEC and I Fish NY, the New York State Conservation Officers Association, and grants from Costco, BJ Wholesale, Sun Screen and Cancer Services of Northwell Health, who donated reusable water bottles.

ECO and person holding a fish during the tour
ECO DeRose with excited young fisherman after his first catch

boy standing with ECO as they show a fish they caught
ECO Macropoulos with young fisherman who made his first catch during a special fishing trip in Long Island Sound

children stand around someone demonstrating around a small children's pool
Children receive a lesson during the fish dissection demonstration aboard the Osprey

Band on the Bay – Great Sacandaga Lake – Fulton County
On July 3, ECOs Manns, Klein and Shaw patrolled Great Sacandaga Lake for the annual ‘Band in the Bay’ event. Every year, hundreds of vessels dock and enjoy live music in the afternoon. This year, New York State Police, the Fulton, Saratoga and Montgomery County Sheriff’s Offices, Fulton County Emergency Management, and local fire and emergency departments joined the ECOs in patrolling the event. Officers moved continuously across the lake to ensure public safety. There were no significant incidents during the event and everyone enjoyed a beautiful day on the water.

aerial view of docks and boats
Aerial view of boats and maritime patrols at Banda in the Bay

ECOs Help U.S. Coast Guard With Macy’s Fireworks Show on July 4th – New York
ECOs helped the US Coast Guard with maritime security during the annual July 4th fireworks show on New York City’s East River. Two DEC patrol vessels maintained a security perimeter in the area, along with other law enforcement agencies.

two glowing clusters of fireworks in the night sky
DEC Patrol Vessel maintaining security perimeter for fireworks show

big fireworks in a smoky sky
DEC Patrol Vessel conducting security on East River, New York County

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