Extends the authority of the department of environmental conservation to manage Atlantic Cod until December 31, 2015.
TITLE OF BILL: An act to amend the environmental conservation law, in relation to extending the authority of the department of environmental conservation to manage Atlantic Cod
Purpose of Bill: The bill would extend the authority of the Department of Environmental Conservation (DEC) to manage Atlantic cod,
Summary of provisions:
Section 1 of this bill would amend Environmental Conservation Law (ECL) § 13-0339- a(1)(a) to extend, until December 31, 2015, DEC's authority to fix by regulation measures for the management of Atlantic cod (Gadus morhua).
Section 2 of this bill provides that the bill would take effect immediately.
Existing law: ECL § 13-0339-a(1)(a) grants DEC regulatory authority, until December 31, 2013, for the management of Atlantic cod.
Prior Legislative history: ECL § 13-1339-a was added by Chapter 196 of the Laws of 1999 This authority was last extended by Chapter 293 of the Laws of 2011.
Statement in support: This bill would extend DEC's regulatory authority concerning the management of Atlantic Cod for an additional four years, and ensure that DEC continues to be able to maintain compliance with any applicable federal management plan or Interstate Fishery Management Plan (FMP) adopted by the Atlantic States Marine Fisheries Commission (ASMFC). Atlantic cod is managed by the federal government pursuant to a federal FMP adopted by the New England Fishery Management Council. Atlantic cod is not usually caught in New York waters but is often landed in New York after fishing trips in federal waters. It is important that New York maintains the ability to synchronize state regulations with any amendments to the FMP or changes to the federal regulations, so that the applicable rules are clear and easy to enforce.
Budget implications None.
Local Impact: None.
Effective Date: The bill would take effect immediately.
STATE OF NEW YORK ________________________________________________________________________ 4369 2013-2014 Regular Sessions IN SENATE March 22, 2013 ___________Introduced by Sen. BOYLE -- (at request of the Department of Environ- mental Conservation) -- read twice and ordered printed, and when printed to be committed to the Committee on Environmental Conservation AN ACT to amend the environmental conservation law, in relation to extending the authority of the department of environmental conserva- tion to manage Atlantic Cod THE PEOPLE OF THE STATE OF NEW YORK, REPRESENTED IN SENATE AND ASSEM- BLY, DO ENACT AS FOLLOWS: Section 1. Paragraph a of subdivision 1 of section 13-0339-a of the environmental conservation law, as amended by chapter 293 of the laws of 2011, is amended to read as follows: a. Atlantic cod (Gadus morhua) until December thirty-first, two thou- sand
[thirteen]FIFTEEN, S 2. This act shall take effect immediately.EXPLANATION--Matter in ITALICS (underscored) is new; matter in brackets [ ] is old law to be omitted. LBD08974-02-3