Establishes the Empire State Fishing Trail program within the department of economic development to promote fishing within the state and ensure that fishing tournaments are conducted in the state.
TITLE OF BILL: An act to amend the economic development law, in relation to creating the Empire State Fishing Trail program
PURPOSE: This legislation would create the Empire State Fishing Trail Program in order to recognize the importance of New York's growing reputation as a top bass fishing destination and its economic impact on tourism in the state.
SUMMARY OF PROVISIONS: Section 1- adds a new article 5-F to the economic development law to establish the Empire State Fishing Trail Program and to provide for the legislative intent, definitions and general functions, powers and duties of the commissioner.
Section 2- Effective date.
JUSTIFICATION: New York State is rated number on for bass fishing by FLW Outdoors. As such, we have a unique opportunity to reach out to more than 28 million anglers with an annual economic impact of $21.3 billion. Three of the top five small mouth bass fisheries, as named by FLW Outdoors, are all located in New York State. Lake Champlain, Lake Erie and Lake Ontario have each earned the reputation as world-class bass fisheries welcoming premier bass fishing tournaments and the industry's best anglers.
The Empire State Fishing Trail Program recognizes the importance of New York's growing reputation as a top bass fishing destination and its economic impact. The trail will help New York keep top-level tournaments each year, circulating the tours through Lake Champlain, Lake Erie and Lake Ontario. The FLW Outdoors has three top rated tournaments (the FLW Tour, The Stren, and the FLW Series and each location would be guaranteed one top-level tournament each summer. The trail program would also give New York State the benefit of lower hosting fees through negotiation of multi-year contracts. Furthermore, the trail program will help each location secure additional fishing tournaments while promoting the entire state as a top destination for both professional and recreational anglers.
LEGISLATIVE HISTORY: 2008: S.6450-A, Commerce, Economic Development and Small Business Committee; A.10036-A DelMonte Economic Development Committee 2009-10: Finance; A.3270 DelMonte
FISCAL IMPLICATIONS: This program could attract more tourists and therefore an influx of capital into the economy.
EFFECTIVE DATE: This act shall take effect immediately.
STATE OF NEW YORK ________________________________________________________________________ 552 2011-2012 Regular Sessions IN SENATE (PREFILED) January 5, 2011 ___________Introduced by Sen. LITTLE -- read twice and ordered printed, and when printed to be committed to the Committee on Commerce, Economic Devel- opment and Small Business AN ACT to amend the economic development law, in relation to creating the Empire State Fishing Trail program THE PEOPLE OF THE STATE OF NEW YORK, REPRESENTED IN SENATE AND ASSEM- BLY, DO ENACT AS FOLLOWS: Section 1. The economic development law is amended by adding a new article 5-F to read as follows: ARTICLE 5-F EMPIRE STATE FISHING TRAIL PROGRAM SECTION 181-F. LEGISLATIVE INTENT. 181-G. DEFINITION. 181-H. GENERAL FUNCTIONS, POWERS AND DUTIES OF THE COMMISSIONER. S 181-F. LEGISLATIVE INTENT. NEW YORK STATE IS HOME TO MANY WATER RESOURCES INCLUDING HUNDREDS OF MILES OF ATLANTIC OCEAN COASTLINE, TENS OF THOUSANDS OF MILES OF RIVERS AND STREAMS, THOUSANDS OF LAKES AND PONDS, AND MILLIONS OF ACRES OF WETLANDS. THE FISHING OPPORTUNITIES ARE VAST AND UNIQUE RANGING FROM SALT WATER TO FRESH WATER. THE STATE HAS CONSISTENTLY BEEN RECOGNIZED FOR ITS OUTSTANDING FISHERIES AND HAS BEEN RATED NUMBER ONE FOR BASS FISHING IN THE COUNTRY. ACCORDING TO THE AMER- ICAN SPORTFISHING ASSOCIATION, ANGLERS SPEND MORE THAN 1.1 BILLION DOLLARS ON FISHING TRIPS, EQUIPMENT AND LICENSES, WHICH SUPPORT IN EXCESS OF SEVENTEEN THOUSAND JOBS THROUGHOUT NEW YORK. FISHING TOURNA- MENTS HAVE RISEN IN POPULARITY AND THIS STATE HAS REGULARLY BEEN THE HOST TO NATIONAL AND INTERNATIONAL TOURNAMENTS WHICH BRING WORLDWIDE ATTENTION. AS SUCH, THE STATE HAS AN EXCELLENT OPPORTUNITY TO ATTRACT MORE FISHING TOURNAMENTS, ANGLERS, VISITORS AND FISHING RELATED BUSI- NESSES.EXPLANATION--Matter in ITALICS (underscored) is new; matter in brackets [ ] is old law to be omitted. LBD00141-01-1 S. 552 2
S 181-G. DEFINITION. AS USED IN THIS ARTICLE, "FISHING TRAIL" SHALL MEAN A SERIES OF FISHERIES IN THE STATE IDENTIFIED BY THE COMMISSIONER, WHICH MAY BE LINKED BY GEOGRAPHY, QUALITY AND/OR EVENTS. S 181-H. GENERAL FUNCTIONS, POWERS AND DUTIES OF THE COMMISSIONER. THE COMMISSIONER, IN COOPERATION WITH THE COMMISSIONER OF ENVIRONMENTAL CONSERVATION, THE COMMISSIONER OF PARKS, RECREATION AND HISTORIC PRESER- VATION, AND ANY LOCAL GOVERNMENT OFFICIAL OR ENTITY, SHALL EXPAND UPON THE EXISTING FISHING PROMOTION PROGRAM BY DEVELOPING A COORDINATED EFFORT TO PROMOTE THE STATE'S FISHING OPPORTUNITIES, IMPROVE FISHING FACILITIES, WATER QUALITY AND ATTRACT PROFESSIONAL FISHING TOURNAMENTS AT LOCATIONS ALONG THE TRAIL, AND ENSURE THAT TOP-LEVEL FISHING TOURNA- MENTS ARE SECURED AT FISHERIES ALONG THE FISHING TRAIL. S 2. This act shall take effect immediately.