Expands provisions permitting free sport fishing clinics and permits instruction to be provided by an agent designated by the DEC.
Ayes (14): Grisanti, Johnson, LaValle, Little, Marcellino, Maziarz, O'Mara, Young, Avella, Espaillat, Oppenheimer, Perkins, Serrano, Stewart-Cousins
Ayes (61): Adams, Addabbo, Alesi, Avella, Ball, Bonacic, Breslin, Carlucci, DeFrancisco, Diaz, Dilan, Duane, Espaillat, Farley, Flanagan, Fuschillo, Gallivan, Gianaris, Golden, Griffo, Grisanti, Hannon, Hassell-Thomps, Huntley, Johnson, Kennedy, Klein, Krueger, Lanza, Larkin, LaValle, Libous, Little, Marcellino, Martins, Maziarz, McDonald, Montgomery, Nozzolio, O'Mara, Oppenheimer, Parker, Peralta, Perkins, Ranzenhofer, Ritchie, Rivera, Robach, Saland, Sampson, Savino, Serrano, Seward, Skelos, Smith, Squadron, Stavisky, Stewart-Cousin, Valesky, Young, Zeldin
TITLE OF BILL:
An act to amend the environmental conservation law, in relation to free sport fishing clinics
PURPOSE OF THE BILL:
The bill would provide additional educational opportunities for fishing without a license.
SUMMARY OF PROVISIONS:
Section 1 of the bill would amend Environmental Conservation Law ("ECL") § 11-0305(16) to expand the Department of Environmental Conservation's ("DEC") authority to conduct free sport fishing clinics and to authorize DEC to designate entities, in addition to DEC employees, to conduct such clinics.
Section 2 of the bill provides for an immediate effective date.
DEC has authority to hold free fishing days pursuant to ECL §11-0305(14). DEC employees are authorized to conduct up to four sport fishing clinics per DEC region pursuant to ECL § 11-0305(16).
PRIOR LEGISLATIVE HISTORY:
This is a new bill.
STATEMENT IN SUPPORT:
DEC conducts fishing clinics to help introduce individuals and families to recreational angling. These clinics help connect New York's citizens to nature, as well as provide instruction to novices seeking to learn how to fish. For clinics designated as free sport fishing clinics by DEC, participants are not required to have a fishing license. Current authority limits to four the number of free sport fishing clinics that may be held annually per DEC region, and specifies that DEC employees must provide at least part of the instruction at the events.
This bill would authorize DEC to expand the number of free sport fishing clinics that may be conducted annually, allowing additional people to be introduced to recreational angling without having to purchase fishing licenses if the clinic is held on a fresh water
body. Similarly, if the clinic is held in the marine district, the participant would not be required to sign up for the recreational marine fishing registration to participate in the clinic. The bill would also dispense with the requirement that DEC staff provide the actual instruction and allow organizations designated by DEC to conduct free sport fishing clinics. Clinics conducted by such organizations in such a manner would be undertaken pursuant to guidelines established by DEC.
It is possible that additional fishing license revenues and associated expenditures will accrue if clinic participants introduced to recreational angling via these clinics take up angling as an individual or family activity.
This bill would take effect immediately.
STATE OF NEW YORK ________________________________________________________________________ 6776 IN SENATE March 21, 2012 ___________Introduced by Sen. YOUNG -- (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 free sport fishing clinics THE PEOPLE OF THE STATE OF NEW YORK, REPRESENTED IN SENATE AND ASSEM- BLY, DO ENACT AS FOLLOWS: Section 1. Subdivision 16 of section 11-0305 of the environmental conservation law, as amended by chapter 46 of the laws of 2011, is amended to read as follows: 16. Notwithstanding any inconsistent provision of law, to authorize
[no more than four]free sport fishing clinics [in each year for each separate administrative region of the department, provided however that nothing in this subdivision shall preclude the department from conduct- ing additional free sport fishing clinics during free sport fishing days designated by the commissioner pursuant to subdivision fourteen of this section]. A free sport fishing clinic shall include, but not be limited to, instruction provided by employees of the department OR ITS DESIGNEE in recreational angling, including its benefits and values, and may also include instruction and other information relevant to an understanding of fisheries management, ethics and aquatic ecology and habitat. No license OR RECREATIONAL MARINE FISHING REGISTRATION is required to take fish by angling while participating in a fishing clinic conducted by the department OR ITS DESIGNEE that has been designated by the commissioner as a free sport fishing clinic. Such clinics shall be implemented CONSISTENT WITH DEPARTMENT STANDARDS AND in a manner determined by the department to best provide public notice thereof and to maximize public participation therein, so as to promote the recreational opportunities afforded by sport fishing. Further, the commissioner may designate additional fishing events organized through the department that provide physical or emotional rehabilitation for veterans, as defined in subdi- vision three of section three hundred fifty of the executive law, or active duty members of the armed forces of the United States, as defined in 10 U.S.C. section 101(d)(1). No license OR RECREATIONAL MARINE FISH- ING REGISTRATION shall be required for such veterans or active duty members to take fish by angling while participating in these events. S 2. This act shall take effect immediately.EXPLANATION--Matter in ITALICS (underscored) is new; matter in brackets [ ] is old law to be omitted. LBD14251-01-2