senate Bill S6983A

Signed by Governor

Extends the authority of the department of environmental conservation to manage weakfish

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Bill Status


  • Introduced
  • In Committee
  • On Floor Calendar
    • Passed Senate
    • Passed Assembly
  • Delivered to Governor
  • Signed by Governor
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  • 11 / Apr / 2014
    • REFERRED TO ENVIRONMENTAL CONSERVATION
  • 06 / May / 2014
    • AMEND AND RECOMMIT TO ENVIRONMENTAL CONSERVATION
  • 06 / May / 2014
    • PRINT NUMBER 6983A
  • 13 / May / 2014
    • 1ST REPORT CAL.630
  • 14 / May / 2014
    • 2ND REPORT CAL.
  • 19 / May / 2014
    • ADVANCED TO THIRD READING
  • 20 / May / 2014
    • PASSED SENATE
  • 20 / May / 2014
    • DELIVERED TO ASSEMBLY
  • 20 / May / 2014
    • REFERRED TO ENVIRONMENTAL CONSERVATION
  • 29 / May / 2014
    • SUBSTITUTED FOR A9452
  • 29 / May / 2014
    • ORDERED TO THIRD READING CAL.736
  • 02 / Jun / 2014
    • PASSED ASSEMBLY
  • 02 / Jun / 2014
    • RETURNED TO SENATE
  • 11 / Jul / 2014
    • DELIVERED TO GOVERNOR
  • 22 / Jul / 2014
    • SIGNED CHAP.161

Summary

Extends the authority of the department of environmental conservation to manage weakfish.

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Bill Details

See Assembly Version of this Bill:
A9452
Versions:
S6983
S6983A
Legislative Cycle:
2013-2014
Law Section:
Environmental Conservation Law
Laws Affected:
Amd ยง13-0340-a, En Con L

Sponsor Memo

BILL NUMBER:S6983A

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.

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                    S T A T E   O F   N E W   Y O R K
________________________________________________________________________

                                 6983--A

                            I N  S E N A T E

                             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

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