A plan to strengthen the state’s aquatic habitats will be included in the 2020 State of the State address, Gov. Andrew Cuomo announced Saturday.
The plan was unveiled at the Revive Mother Nature Initiative in New York City at Hudson River Park.
“Our new aquatic habitat restoration initiative which includes major fish and oyster restoration efforts will be outlined in full at the State of the State in January and it will be a national first in that it will be the most aggressive and the most progressive statewide program in the country,” Cuomo said in a statement.
“If we’re waiting for the federal government to lead the way it is a fool’s errand – New York is acting now to protect our environment and take care of our natural resources.”
The program is aimed at restoring and protecting wetlands and waterways in New York, which will include investments in the state’s 12 fish hatcheries in order to boost the populations of freshwater sportfish, including walleye, trout and salmon.
Another goal is to restore oysters in New York Harbor over the next decade and doubel the current shellfish restoration program on Long Island.