New York State Outdoorsmen Hall of Fame Honors Fran Verdoliva

The New York State Outdoorsmen Hall of Fame proudly announces that its class of inductees for 2014 will include Fran Verdoliva of Mexico.

Verdoliva will be honored at the annual banquet April 26 in Canastota.

He has been a spokesman and advocate for ethical fishing standards and increased opportunity for salmon and steelhead fisherman for several decades.

He championed the discontinuation of snagging salmon on the Lake Ontario tributaries.

Verdoliva helped pioneer and spread the idea that Pacific salmon could be caught by traditional methods and his educational programs have influcenced tens of thousands of anglers in the angling techniques and respect for the fish and the fishery.

He continues to promote ethical and successful angling in his programs that he presents to youth and conservation organizations and community groups.

As DEC’s special coordinator of the Salmon River Corridor, he has had to make important decisions such as closing certain areas to fishing during drought conditions.

Each September, the Salmon River Days opens the hatchery to the public and provides programs for youngsters and adults to develop their skills and provide education about outdoor recreation and a healthy stream environment.

The New York State Outdoorsmen Hall of Fame is an organization dedicated to honoring sportsmen who have made significant achievements in outdoors-related fields.

More importantly, they are recognized for their long-time service in preserving our outdoor heritage and helping others experience it.

The NYSOHOF is also involved in programs such as kids fishing clinics, youth hunts, seminars and similar activities.

The annual banquet and induction will involve sportsmen and organizations from all across New York State.

It will be held April 26 at the Rusty Rail in Canastota with registration and social hour beginning at 5 p.m. and dinner at 6 p.m.

Guests and interested parties are welcome.

For information or reservations please call (315) 363-3896 or (315) 829-3588.

RSVP by April 19.