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The project was brought to New York by the Art Production Fund and coincides with two fundraisers to help Sandy victims being run by by Waves for Water and New York Foundation for the Arts.
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Fees from 190,000 fishing licenses and 90,000 trout stamps fund the project, which happens for eight weeks in the spring, and once in the fall.