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Lake Erie perch anglers can still bag or box a 50-fish limit any day of the year they can get on the water or ice.

But states on the south side of Lake Erie, to the West of New York, have made some changes in daily creel totals and length limits at certain times of the year.

The Ohio Wildlife Council announced a rule change reducing the daily limit from 40 to 30 perch taken statewide. Previously, only Lake Erie had a 30-fish limit. The council did so to be more consistent with nearby Pennsylvania and Ontario.

Pennsylvania has had a daily limit of 30 fish and has recently introduced a length limit of 7 inches from Dec. 1 to March 31. The daily total remains the same all year.

While New York State retains a 50 fish perch limit, veteran anglers such as Jim Grevin of Derby regularly fish for what Grevin calls “my limit.” He shoots for 30 to 35 nice-sized perch and then heads back to Sturgeon Point each time out.

High winds and plummeting temperatures this past week have kept perch anglers away from popular Lake Erie launch-sites during what has been another banner fall season for perch in New York State.

Permit extensions

If any Deer Management Permit areas remain open after the application period ends Friday, hunters can apply for selected unit areas at license-issuing outlets only.

In Region 9, Deer Management Units 9A and 9F are currently available, which includes Niagara County and open areas east of Buffalo. In Region 8, most units still open are along Lake Ontario to the Finger Lakes, Units 8A, 8F, 8G, 8H, 8J, 8N and 8R.

Hunters can apply and receive as many as two additional permits in units open after Friday.

Community planting day

The Buffalo Audubon Society has set up a “Community Planting Day” on Saturday, to help plant several native shrub species at Joseph Davis State Park, 4143 Lower River Road in Lewiston.

Volunteers are asked to bring boots and a lunch; a shovel would also be helpful. Planting begins at 9 a.m. For details and to sign on, call contact Chuck Bartlett at (585) 457-3228 or bartlett@buffaloaudubon.org.

Chemistry workshop

High school science teachers in Western and Central New York can gain insights on lesson planning for green chemistry presentation units during a workshop held Nov. 8 at Brockport State.

The workshop focuses on teaching chemistry in an environmentally responsible way to reduce the amount of hazardous materials used in classrooms. Department of Evironmental Conservation Commissioner Joseph Martens said, “Using green chemistry encourages teachers and students to consider the life cycle of the chemicals they work with and promotes awareness of chemical toxicology, focusing on sustainability and how actions in the chemistry lab can impact the environment.”

Educators interested in registering for this workshop call (518) 402-8706 or email: greenchemistryinschools@gw.dec.state.ny.us.

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