Relates to the regulation of the landing of lobsters.
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 the landing of lobsters
PURPOSE: To extend the Department of Environmental Conservation's (DEC) authority to manage lobsters.
SUMMARY OF PROVISIONS: This bill would extend the DEC's authority to fix, by regulation, management measures for lobsters in State waters until December 31, 2015.
JUSTIFICATION: The DEC's regulatory authority over lobsters is necessary in order to preserve the current regulatory program. Failure to extend the existing regulatory authority by December 31, 2011 will result in the loss of regulatory protection of these species. Moreover, regulatory authority is critical for New York State to maintain compliance with Fishery Management Plans for important marine and anadromous fish species along the coast. Failure to make necessary regulatory changes required by Fishery Management Plans places New York in jeopardy of closure of commercial and recreational fisheries. Finally, ECL § 13-0105, which sets forth the State's marine fisheries conservation and management policy, provides that this policy shall be carried out through achievement of certain objectives. One of these objectives is that the state's transboundary and migratory species shall be consistent with any interjurisdictional management plans, interstate or state-federal. Regulatory authority provides the mechanism to react timely to the ever changing fishery management plans.
LEGISLATIVE HISTORY: Last extended by Chapter 366 of the Laws of 2007.
FISCAL IMPLICATIONS: None to the State.
EFFECTIVE DATE: This act shall take effect immediately.
STATE OF NEW YORK ________________________________________________________________________ 5087 2011-2012 Regular Sessions IN SENATE May 3, 2011 ___________Introduced by Sens. JOHNSON, GRISANTI -- 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 the landing of lobsters THE PEOPLE OF THE STATE OF NEW YORK, REPRESENTED IN SENATE AND ASSEM- BLY, DO ENACT AS FOLLOWS: Section 1. Subdivision 16 of section 13-0329 of the environmental conservation law, as amended by chapter 366 of the laws of 2007, is amended to read as follows: 16. The department may, until December thirty-first, two thousand
[eleven]FIFTEEN, adopt regulations for Atlantic States Marine Fisheries Commission Areas One, Two, Three, Four, Five, and Outer Cape Cod, to implement conservation measures that affect landings of lobsters, pursu- ant to the recommendations of the respective Area's Lobster Conservation Management Team as required by the Interstate Fishery Plan for Lobsters adopted by the Atlantic States Marine Fisheries Commission. S 2. This act shall take effect immediately.EXPLANATION--Matter in ITALICS (underscored) is new; matter in brackets [ ] is old law to be omitted. LBD11253-01-1