ALBANY, N.Y. (AP) — Get out those fishing poles. Veterans Day has been designated as one of New York's annual free fishing days.

No license is required on Friday to fish in any of the state's 7,500 lakes and ponds, or its 70,000 miles of rivers and streams. Saltwater anglers may also fish in marine waters, or for migratory marine fish species, without enrolling in the Recreational Marine Fishing Registry.

The Free Fishing Days program began in 1991 to give people who might not fish a chance to try the sport at no cost.

Gov. Andrew Cuomo also has also designated Feb. 18-19 as free fishing days.

New York's sport fishing industry generates an estimated $1.8 billion in economic activity annually.

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