Relates to the taking of fish.
Ayes (13): Grisanti, Johnson, Little, Marcellino, Maziarz, O'Mara, Young, Avella, Espaillat, Oppenheimer, Perkins, Serrano, Stewart-Cousins
Ayes W/R (1): LaValle
TITLE OF BILL: An act to amend the environmental conservation law, in relation to taking fish fixed by regulation
PURPOSE: To extend the Department of Environmental Conservation's (DEC) authority to regulate fish.
SUMMARY OF PROVISIONS: This bill would extend DEC's regulatory authority for fish in State waters until December 31, 2014.
JUSTIFICATION: ECL § 11-1303 authorizes DEC to set open seasons, size and catch limits and manner of taking of all species of fish, except marine fish. If this authority is not extended beyond the current sunset date of December 31, 2011 the existing regulations on the seasons, manner of taking, etc. for freshwater fish would no longer be enforceable and there would be no oversight of the taking of freshwater fish in State waters. By extending DEC's authority to regulate freshwater fish, this bill would assure continuity of the protection of the State's fish resources.
LEGISLATIVE HISTORY: Last extended by Chapter 256 of the laws of 2007.
FISCAL IMPLICATIONS: None to the State.
EFFECTIVE DATE: This act shall take effect immediately.
STATE OF NEW YORK ________________________________________________________________________ 4966 2011-2012 Regular Sessions IN SENATE May 2, 2011 ___________Introduced by Sens. GRISANTI, JOHNSON -- 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 taking fish fixed by regulation THE PEOPLE OF THE STATE OF NEW YORK, REPRESENTED IN SENATE AND ASSEM- BLY, DO ENACT AS FOLLOWS: Section 1. Section 11-1303 of the environmental conservation law, as amended by chapter 256 of the laws of 2007, is amended to read as follows: S 11-1303. Open seasons, size and catch limits and manner of taking fish fixed by regulation. Notwithstanding any other provision of this chapter, the department may, until December thirty-first, two thousand
[eleven]FOURTEEN, fix by regulation open seasons, size and catch limits and manner of taking of all species of fish in all waters of the state, except marine fish named in subdivisions 2 and 3 of section 13-0339 of this chapter and except to the extent that such open seasons, size and catch limits and manner of taking are otherwise specifically provided for in article 13 of this chapter. S 2. This act shall take effect immediately.EXPLANATION--Matter in ITALICS (underscored) is new; matter in brackets [ ] is old law to be omitted. LBD09002-01-1