Provides that lobster permits shall be transferable between persons who each possess a food fish license.
BILL NUMBER: S229
TITLE OF BILL : An act to amend the environmental conservation law, in relation to the transfer of lobster permits
PURPOSE : Provides that lobster permits shall be non-transferable except that lobster permits may be transferable between persons who each posses a food fish license.
SUMMARY OF PROVISIONS : Paragraph a of subdivision 3 of section 13-0329 of the environmental conservation law is amended.
JUSTIFICATION : The current law makes no provision for the transfer of lobster licenses between the holders of valid food fish permits.
Eastern Long Island is home to generations of commercial fishermen and existing laws and quotas are making it difficult for many to continue fishing as a way to support their families. Area fishermen need to continue finding new opportunities within the industry. Specifically, if a fisherman purchases a lobster business in which his first mate holds a lobster license, that license should be transferable if said first mate leaves the business and wishes to transfer his license to another fisherman, who currently holds a food fish license.
LEGISLATIVE HISTORY : 2007-08, S.664; 2005-06, S.1338; 2003-04, S.1031; 2001-02, S.3263.
FISCAL IMPLICATIONS : None.
EFFECTIVE DATE : This act shall take effect immediately.
STATE OF NEW YORK ________________________________________________________________________ S. 229 A. 334 2009-2010 Regular Sessions S E N A T E - A S S E M B L Y (PREFILED) January 7, 2009 ___________IN SENATE -- Introduced by Sen. LAVALLE -- read twice and ordered print- ed, and when printed to be committed to the Committee on Environmental Conservation IN ASSEMBLY -- Introduced by M. of A. THIELE -- read once and referred to the Committee on Environmental Conservation AN ACT to amend the environmental conservation law, in relation to the transfer of lobster permits THE PEOPLE OF THE STATE OF NEW YORK, REPRESENTED IN SENATE AND ASSEM- BLY, DO ENACT AS FOLLOWS: Section 1. Paragraph a of subdivision 3 of section 13-0329 of the environmental conservation law, as amended by chapter 522 of the laws of 1985, is amended to read as follows: a. Lobster permits shall be
[non transferable]NONTRANSFERABLE and shall expire on December 31 of the year of issue, EXCEPT THAT LOBSTER PERMITS SHALL BE TRANSFERABLE BETWEEN PERSONS WHO EACH POSSESS A FOOD FISH LICENSE. If it appears in the public interest, the department may suspend or cancel any such permit on ten days' written notice to the holder thereof. S 2. This act shall take effect immediately.EXPLANATION--Matter in ITALICS (underscored) is new; matter in brackets [ ] is old law to be omitted. LBD02062-01-9