Prohibits the commercial taking of northern or lined seahorses.
Ayes (11): Grisanti, LaValle, Little, Marcellino, Young, Avella, Espaillat, Oppenheimer, Perkins, Serrano, Stewart-Cousins
Ayes W/R (3): Johnson, Maziarz, O'Mara
TITLE OF BILL:
An act to amend the environmental conservation law, in relation to prohibiting the taking of northern or lined seahorses for commercial purposes
To prohibit the taking of northern or lined seahorse (Hippocampus erectus) for commercial purposes.
SUMMARY OF PROVISIONS:
This bill amends environmental conservation law by adding a new section 13-0310.
An unregulated harvest and pet trade currently exists in seahorses (Hippocampus erectus). The northern seahorse is traded for use as aquarium fishes, ornamental displays, curios and traditional Chinese medicine.
Long Island's south shore estuaries provide habitat to the northern or lined seahorse (hippocampus erectus) during the warmer months of the year. The Northern Seahorse can be common in the Great South and Moriches Bay during the summer where it concentrates in vegetated areas like eelgrass beds, but is apparently absent or very rare in the winter. It also appears to be absent in other estuaries surrounding Long Island. It is thought that this species undergoes seasonal movements in which moves into shallow coastal waters as they warm and then migrates off-shore during the winter months.
Seahorse behavior is characterized by monogamous pairing and fidelity to narrow home ranges amongst all species studied. Being slow-moving or attached to eelgrass with their prehensile tails northern seahorses can be easily captured by sweeping through eelgrass beds with seine nets.
Seahorses are very difficult to keep alive in captivity. Little is known about their overall abundance or population trends so it is unclear whether they can sustain the level of harvest to which they are currently being subjected. Any harvesting should only be for scientific or educational purposes.
2009-10: S.870/A.2581 2008: S.7724-A/A.10702A.
No fiscal implications.
This act shall take effect on the ninetieth day after it shall have become a law.
STATE OF NEW YORK ________________________________________________________________________ S. 2324 A. 2439 2011-2012 Regular Sessions S E N A T E - A S S E M B L Y January 18, 2011 ___________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. ENGLEBRIGHT -- read once and referred to the Committee on Environmental Conservation AN ACT to amend the environmental conservation law, in relation to prohibiting the taking of northern or lined seahorses for commercial purposes THE PEOPLE OF THE STATE OF NEW YORK, REPRESENTED IN SENATE AND ASSEM- BLY, DO ENACT AS FOLLOWS: Section 1. The environmental conservation law is amended by adding a new section 13-0310 to read as follows: S 13-0310. NORTHERN OR LINED SEAHORSES; PROHIBITED ACTS. 1. NO PERSON SHALL TAKE ANY NORTHERN OR LINED SEAHORSE (HIPPOCAMPUS ERECTUS) FOR COMMERCIAL PURPOSES. 2. THE PROVISIONS OF SUBDIVISION ONE OF THIS SECTION SHALL NOT APPLY TO THE TAKING OF SEAHORSES FOR SCIENTIFIC OR EDUCATIONAL PURPOSES INCLUDING, BUT NOT LIMITED TO, PUBLIC OR NOT-FOR-PROFIT ZOOS AND AQUARI- UMS, AS DETERMINED BY THE COMMISSIONER. S 2. This act shall take effect on the ninetieth day after it shall have become a law.EXPLANATION--Matter in ITALICS (underscored) is new; matter in brackets [ ] is old law to be omitted. LBD07380-01-1