Limits the taking of sharks to the use of non-stainless non-offset circle hooks.
TITLE OF BILL: An act to amend the environmental conservation law, in relation to the taking of sharks; and providing for the repeal of such provisions upon expiration thereof
PURPOSE OR GENERAL IDEA OF BILL: To limit the taking the sharks to the use of non-stainless steel non-offset circle hooks.
SUMMARY OF SPECIFIC PROVISIONS: Section 13-0338 of the Environmental Conservation Law is amended by adding a new subdivision 5 relating to provide that sharks, excluding spiny dogfish, shall not be taken for commercial or recreational purposes by baited hooking except with the use of non-stainless steel non-offset circle hooks. Further, no person shall conduct, sponsor or participate in any shark tournament unless the rules and regulations require the exclusive use of non-stainless steel non-offset circle hooks.
JUSTIFICATION: Several species of sharks are endangered and many more are threatened as populations worldwide are dwindling. Further protection of sharks is needed. A circle hook is a fishing hook by which the point is turned perpendicular to the shank to form a circular shape. Scientific studies predict higher survival rates for released fish when circle hooks and catch-and-release techniques are used, as circle hooks are more likely to hook a fish in the mouth rather than the gut. Circle hooks are easier to remove than the typically used J hook, and can reduce the potential harm to fish. Non-stainless hooks further enhance survival rates as they dissolve in the digestive system, especially in large predator fish like sharks. This bill would protect shark species and well as the traditional shark-fishing sport.
PRIOR LEGISLATIVE HISTORY: New Legislation, 2013.
FISCAL IMPLICATIONS: None.
EFFECTIVE DATE: This act shall take effect immediately and shall expire and be deemed repealed December 31, 2015.
STATE OF NEW YORK ________________________________________________________________________ S. 3884 A. 5421 2013-2014 Regular Sessions S E N A T E - A S S E M B L Y February 26, 2013 ___________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 taking of sharks; and providing for the repeal of such provisions upon expiration thereof THE PEOPLE OF THE STATE OF NEW YORK, REPRESENTED IN SENATE AND ASSEM- BLY, DO ENACT AS FOLLOWS: Section 1. Section 13-0338 of the environmental conservation law is amended by adding a new subdivision 5 to read as follows: 5. SHARKS, EXCLUDING SPINY DOGFISH, SHALL NOT BE TAKEN FOR COMMERCIAL OR RECREATIONAL PURPOSES BY BAITED HOOKING EXCEPT WITH THE USE OF NON-STAINLESS STEEL NON-OFFSET CIRCLE HOOKS. IN ADDITION, NO PERSON SHALL CONDUCT, SPONSOR OR PARTICIPATE IN ANY SHARK TOURNAMENT UNLESS SAID TOURNAMENT'S RULES AND REGULATIONS REQUIRE THE EXCLUSIVE USE OF NON-STAINLESS STEEL NON-OFFSET CIRCLE HOOKS. S 2. This act shall take effect immediately and shall expire and be deemed repealed December 31, 2015.EXPLANATION--Matter in ITALICS (underscored) is new; matter in brackets [ ] is old law to be omitted. LBD08441-02-3