senate Bill S684

2021-2022 Legislative Session

Relates to the management of horseshoe crabs; and provides for the repeal of certain provisions of such law upon expiration thereof

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Current Bill Status - In Senate Committee Environmental Conservation Committee

  • Introduced
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    • Passed Assembly
  • Delivered to Governor
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Senate Actions - UPPERCASE
Jan 05, 2022 referred to environmental conservation
Jan 06, 2021 referred to environmental conservation

S684 (ACTIVE) - Details

Current Committee:
Senate Environmental Conservation
Law Section:
Environmental Conservation Law
Laws Affected:
Amd §13-0331, En Con L
Versions Introduced in Other Legislative Sessions:
2015-2016: S4832
2017-2018: S62
2019-2020: S48

S684 (ACTIVE) - Summary

Relates to the management of horseshoe crabs; provides for the repeal of certain provisions of such law upon expiration thereof.

S684 (ACTIVE) - Sponsor Memo

S684 (ACTIVE) - Bill Text download pdf

                     S T A T E   O F   N E W   Y O R K
                        2021-2022 Regular Sessions
                             I N  S E N A T E
                              January 6, 2021
 Introduced  by  Sen. HOYLMAN -- 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  the
   management of horseshoe crabs; and providing for the repeal of certain
   provisions of such law upon expiration thereof
   Section 1. Legislative findings.  The legislature hereby finds that:
   (a) The horseshoe crab stock assessments issued by the Atlantic States
 Marine Fisheries  Commission  (ASMFC)  for  the  New  York  region  have
 declined  since 2009, when the population was graded as "good". The 2013
 stock assessment graded the population as neutral, and in the 2019 stock
 assessment, the Commission downgraded the status of the  horseshoe  crab
 population  in  New  York State to "poor". Stock status was based on the
 proportion of surveys above or below the 1998  reference  points  estab-
 lished when ASMFC management of horseshoe crabs began. In the 2019 stock
 assessment, the ASMFC states that, "Continued declines in abundance were
 evident  in  the  New  York  and  New England regions. Decreased harvest
 quotas in Delaware Bay have potentially  redirected  harvest  to  nearby
 regions. Current harvest within the New England and New York regions may
 not  be  sustainable.  Continued  precautionary  management is therefore
 recommended coast-wide to anticipate effects of redirecting harvest from
 Delaware Bay to outlying populations."
   (b) The International Union for the Conservation of Nature (IUCN)  has
 also  determined that the horseshoe crab meets the Red List criteria and
 is  vulnerable  to  local  extinction.  The  IUCN  stated,   "Population
 reductions  in  Limulus  have  occurred  over  much of its range, but in
 particular within the Mid-Atlantic region. The cause is understood to be
 over-harvest, which has been corrected through active management  inter-
 vention  over much of the range. An assessment of population trend indi-
  EXPLANATION--Matter in ITALICS (underscored) is new; matter in brackets


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