Authorizes an individual to angle for fish with up to three lines.
Ayes (12): Thompson, Oppenheimer, Schneiderman, Serrano, Perkins, Stewart-Cousins, Marcellino, Leibell, Johnson O, Little, Young, Padavan
Ayes W/R (1): Foley
Nays (1): Parker
Ayes (58): Adams, Addabbo, Alesi, Aubertine, Bonacic, Breslin, DeFrancisco, Diaz, Dilan, Duane, Espada, Farley, Flanagan, Foley, Fuschillo, Griffo, Hannon, Hassell-Thomps, Huntley, Johnson C, Johnson O, Klein, Krueger, Kruger, Lanza, Larkin, LaValle, Leibell, Libous, Little, Marcellino, Maziarz, McDonald, Montgomery, Nozzolio, Onorato, Padavan, Parker, Peralta, Perkins, Ranzenhofer, Robach, Saland, Sampson, Savino, Serrano, Seward, Skelos, Smith, Squadron, Stachowski, Stavisky, Stewart-Cousins, Thompson, Valesky, Volker, Winner, Young
Excused (4): Golden, Morahan, Oppenheimer, Schneiderman
BILL NUMBER: S6453
TITLE OF BILL : An act to amend the environmental conservation law, in relation to authorizing angling by a single individual with up to three lines
PURPOSE : This legislation would authorize an individual to angle for fish with up to 3 lines.
SUMMARY OF PROVISIONS : Amends section 11-0103 of the Environmental Conservation Law to change the number of lines one person may operate from not more than two to not more than three, with or without rod.
JUSTIFICATION : This new 3-rod rule is designed to favorably impact a fisherman's experience by increasing his probability of catching a fish. Catching a fish enhances angler satisfaction more than any other factor and is the prime determinant in deciding whether or not to make return visits to the fisheries of New York.
Return visits to the fishery are a boon to the local economies. Return trips mean more money spent locally for fuel, food, lodging, launches, parking, and rentals.
The 3-rod rule will not guarantee that people catch more fish; rather it will give them the potential to locate the fish a little easier. The small crewed boats, the 'weekend warrior', the recreationalist, the vacationer, the retired couple who have saved up for a boat and now have the time and health to use it will all benefit from this.
It does not mean they must use 3 rods, it will mean they can use 3 rods per person, whether they are operated from land or from a boat, if they so choose. New Jersey and Michigan both have a 3-rod rule, to which they have continued to see a favorable impact to their recreational fisherman.
In addition, the 3-rod rule will not exploit the fishery since exploitation is constrained by creel limits that would still be in effect.
LEGISLATIVE HISTORY : New bill.
FISCAL IMPLICATIONS : None.
EFFECTIVE DATE : Immediately.
STATE OF NEW YORK ________________________________________________________________________ 6453 IN SENATE January 13, 2010 ___________Introduced by Sen. LIBOUS -- 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 authorizing angling by a single individual with up to three lines THE PEOPLE OF THE STATE OF NEW YORK, REPRESENTED IN SENATE AND ASSEM- BLY, DO ENACT AS FOLLOWS: Section 1. Subparagraph 2 of paragraph b of subdivision 12 of section 11-0103 of the environmental conservation law, as amended by chapter 215 of the laws of 1995, is amended to read as follows: (2) one person may operate not more than
[two]THREE lines, with or without rod; S 2. This act shall take effect immediately.EXPLANATION--Matter in ITALICS (underscored) is new; matter in brackets [ ] is old law to be omitted. LBD15326-01-0