Extends the authority of the department of environmental conservation to manage weakfish.
Ayes (58): Addabbo, Avella, Bonacic, Boyle, Breslin, Carlucci, DeFrancisco, Diaz, Dilan, Farley, Felder, Flanagan, Gallivan, Gianaris, Gipson, Golden, Griffo, Grisanti, Hannon, Hassell-Thomps, Hoylman, Kennedy, Klein, Krueger, Lanza, Larkin, Latimer, Libous, Little, Marcellino, Marchione, Martins, Maziarz, Montgomery, Nozzolio, O'Brien, O'Mara, Parker, Peralta, Perkins, Ranzenhofer, Ritchie, Rivera, Robach, Sampson, Sanders, Savino, Serrano, Seward, Skelos, Smith, Squadron, Stavisky, Stewart-Cousins, Tkaczyk, Valesky, Young, Zeldin
Nays (2): Ball, LaValle
Excused (1): Espaillat
TITLE OF BILL: An act to amend the environmental conservation law, in relation to extending the authority of the department of environmental conservation to manage weakfish
PURPOSE OR GENERAL IDEA OF BILL: The purpose of this bill is to extend the Department of Environmental Conservation's (DEC) authority to manage weakfish.
SUMMARY OF SPECIFIC PROVISIONS: This bill would extend DEC's authority to fix by regulation management measures for weakfish in State waters until December 31, 2016.
JUSTIFICATION: DEC's regulatory authority over weakfish is necessary in order to preserve the current regulatory program. Failure to extend the existing regulatory authority by December 31, 2014, 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 Section 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.
PRIOR LEGISLATIVE HISTORY: Last extended by Chapter 418 of the Laws of 2011.
FISCAL IMPLICATIONS: None to the State.
EFFECTIVE DATE: This act shall take effect immediately.
STATE OF NEW YORK ________________________________________________________________________ 6983--A IN SENATE April 11, 2014 ___________Introduced by Sen. MARTINS -- read twice and ordered printed, and when printed to be committed to the Committee on Environmental Conservation -- committee discharged, bill amended, ordered reprinted as amended and recommitted to said committee AN ACT to amend the environmental conservation law, in relation to extending the authority of the department of environmental conserva- tion to manage weakfish THE PEOPLE OF THE STATE OF NEW YORK, REPRESENTED IN SENATE AND ASSEM- BLY, DO ENACT AS FOLLOWS: Section 1. Section 13-0340-a of the environmental conservation law, as amended by chapter 418 of the laws of 2011, is amended to read as follows: S 13-0340-a. Weakfish (Cynoscion regalis). The department may, until December thirty-first, two thousand
[four- teen]SIXTEEN, fix by regulation measures for the management of weakfish (Cynoscion regalis), including size limits, catch and possession limits, open and closed seasons, closed areas, restrictions on the manner of taking and landing, requirements for permits and eligibility therefor, recordkeeping requirements, requirements on the amount and type of fish- ing effort and gear, and requirements relating to transportation, possession and sale, provided that such regulations are no less restric- tive than requirements set forth in this chapter and provided further that such regulations are consistent with the compliance requirements of applicable fishery management plans adopted by the Atlantic States Marine Fisheries Commission and with applicable provisions of fishery management plans adopted pursuant to the Federal Fishery Conservation and Management Act (16 U.S.C. S 1800 et seq.). S 2. This act shall take effect immediately.EXPLANATION--Matter in ITALICS (underscored) is new; matter in brackets [ ] is old law to be omitted. LBD13954-03-4