senate Bill S376

Authorizes the catching and possession of up to 5 times the daily limit of fish during any 7 day period of time

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Bill Status


  • Introduced
  • In Committee
  • On Floor Calendar
    • Passed Senate
    • Passed Assembly
  • Delivered to Governor
  • Signed/Vetoed by Governor
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  • 07 / Jan / 2009
    • REFERRED TO ENVIRONMENTAL CONSERVATION
  • 06 / Jan / 2010
    • REFERRED TO ENVIRONMENTAL CONSERVATION

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Bill Details

See Assembly Version of this Bill:
A854
Versions:
S376
Legislative Cycle:
2009-2010
Current Committee:
Senate Environmental Conservation
Law Section:
Environmental Conservation Law

Sponsor Memo

BILL NUMBER: S376

TITLE OF BILL :

An act to amend the environmental conservation law, in relation to
authorizing the catching and possession of five times the daily limit
for any species of fish during any seven consecutive day period and
authorizing the catching and possession on a single vessel of the
daily limits of any species of fish for which a person aboard such
vessel holds a license for the taking thereof; and providing for the
repeal of such provisions upon the expiration thereof


PURPOSE :

Authorizes the catching and possession of up to 5 times the daily
limit of fish during any seven day period of time.

SUMMARY OF PROVISIONS :

The Environmental Conservation law is amended by adding a new section
13-0373.

JUSTIFICATION :

This bill is intended to help commercial fishermen conserve fuel by
allowing them to fish for five times the daily catch limit allowable
under their fishing license in the aggregate over a period of seven
days. Therefore, a fisherman could, for example, catch three times the
daily catch limit on Monday and two times the limit on Wednesday and
then stay off the water until the following Monday when a consecutive
period of seven days is over. The bill also would allow individuals
with different fishing licenses to go out and catch each of their
daily limits from the same boat (this is currently prohibited).

The reason for this legislation is that the current price of fuel for
running a fishing boat is extremely expensive and cost prohibitive.
It significantly cuts into the already slim profits of fishermen who
are trying to make a living. This bill would allow fishermen to
conserve fuel by keeping their boats off the water more often since
they would be allowed to aggregate their daily catch limits over a
seven day period. The fact that they can only catch five times the
amount of fish in the aggregate over a seven day period creates a fair
balance for the convenience and cost-savings they would enjoy. This
bill would sunset on January 1,2011 at which time the success of this
approach could be fully evaluated and the necessity of an extension
determined.

LEGISLATIVE HISTORY :

None.

FISCAL IMPLICATIONS :

To be determined.

EFFECTIVE DATE :
This act shall take effect immediately and shall expire and be deemed
repealed on January 1, 2011.
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