|Assembly Actions - Lowercase
Senate Actions - UPPERCASE
|Jan 05, 2022||referred to environmental conservation|
|Jan 06, 2021||referred to environmental conservation|
senate Bill S684
Current Bill Status - In Senate Committee Environmental Conservation Committee
- In Committee
- On Floor Calendar
- Passed Senate
- Passed Assembly
- Delivered to Governor
- Signed/Vetoed by Governor
S684 (ACTIVE) - Details
S684 (ACTIVE) - Sponsor Memo
BILL NUMBER: S684 SPONSOR: HOYLMAN TITLE OF BILL: 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 SUMMARY OF SPECIFIC PROVISIONS: Section 1 of the bill establishes legislative findings related to the declining horseshoe crab population in New York and the effect this has on New York's shorebird population, particularly the red knot, which depends on the horseshoe crab as a food source during its migration period. Section 2 of the bill amends section 13-0331 of the Environmental Conservation Law to prohibit selling or possessing with intent to sell horseshoe crabs for commercial purposes without a permit from the Department of Environmental Conservation (DEC).
S684 (ACTIVE) - Bill Text download pdf
S T A T E O F N E W Y O R K ________________________________________________________________________ 684 2021-2022 Regular Sessions I N S E N A T E (PREFILED) 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 THE PEOPLE OF THE STATE OF NEW YORK, REPRESENTED IN SENATE AND ASSEM- BLY, DO ENACT AS FOLLOWS: 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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