assembly Bill A7547A

Signed By Governor
2021-2022 Legislative Session

Permits kelp cultivation in underwater lands at Gardiner's and Peconic bays and commercial fishing licenses

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Current Bill Status Via S6532 - Signed by Governor


  • Introduced
  • In Committee
  • On Floor Calendar
    • Passed Senate
    • Passed Assembly
  • Delivered to Governor
  • Signed by Governor

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Assembly Actions - Lowercase
Senate Actions - UPPERCASE
Dec 07, 2021 approval memo.56
signed chap.656
Nov 29, 2021 delivered to governor
Jun 08, 2021 returned to senate
passed assembly
ordered to third reading rules cal.610
substituted for a7547a
Jun 08, 2021 substituted by s6532a
rules report cal.610
reported
reported referred to rules
Jun 04, 2021 reference changed to ways and means
Jun 02, 2021 print number 7547a
Jun 02, 2021 amend (t) and recommit to environmental conservation
May 13, 2021 referred to environmental conservation

Co-Sponsors

A7547 - Details

See Senate Version of this Bill:
S6532
Law Section:
Environmental Conservation Law
Laws Affected:
Amd §§13-0302 & 13-0328, En Con L

A7547 - Summary

Permits kelp cultivation in underwater lands at Gardiner's and Peconic bays; permits Suffolk county to lease lands under water ceded to it by the state for the purpose of kelp cultivation; modifies certain provisions regarding commercial fishing licenses; makes related provisions.

A7547 - Bill Text download pdf

 
                     S T A T E   O F   N E W   Y O R K
 ________________________________________________________________________
 
                                   7547
 
                        2021-2022 Regular Sessions
 
                           I N  A S S E M B L Y
 
                               May 13, 2021
                                ___________
 
 Introduced by M. of A. THIELE -- read once and referred to the Committee
   on Environmental Conservation
 
 AN  ACT  to  amend  the  environmental  conservation law, in relation to
   permitting kelp cultivation in  underwater  lands  at  Gardiner's  and
   Peconic bays
 
   THE  PEOPLE OF THE STATE OF NEW YORK, REPRESENTED IN SENATE AND ASSEM-
 BLY, DO ENACT AS FOLLOWS:
 
   Section 1. Legislative findings. The state of  New  York  has  made  a
 significant  investment  in  combating nitrogen pollution, low dissolved
 oxygen, harmful algal blooms  and  a  variety  of  other  water  quality
 impairments  that  threaten  our  coastal waters and fisheries and human
 health.
   Kelp, which is native to New York waters, plays an important  role  in
 the fight to restore the health of our waterways. Kelp acts as a natural
 sink  for carbon and nitrogen in our bays while increasing oxygen levels
 and reducing acidification. Kelp serves as a natural  habitat  for  fish
 and  shellfish  in  the  state's  waters. As New York continues to fight
 climate change and nitrogen  pollution,  sustainable  kelp  farming  can
 provide  substantial  environmental benefits for the state. Kelp farming
 has a very low environmental impact footprint, requiring  no  additional
 water or fertilizer use, but yields a valuable product.
   In addition to the environmental benefits, there are economic benefits
 for New York state by entering the emerging kelp farming market. Kelp is
 an edible and nutritious food with a growing market. It is also utilized
 in cosmetic and personal care products and used in fertilizer and animal
 feed.
   States  including  Connecticut, Massachusetts, Maine, and Rhode Island
 have  already  established  kelp  and  commercial  seaweed   aquaculture
 programs.  In New York, there is an opportunity to promote this industry
 by providing access for kelp aquaculture to state owned underwater lands
 ceded to Suffolk County.
 
  EXPLANATION--Matter in ITALICS (underscored) is new; matter in brackets
                       [ ] is old law to be omitted.

Co-Sponsors

A7547A (ACTIVE) - Details

See Senate Version of this Bill:
S6532
Law Section:
Environmental Conservation Law
Laws Affected:
Amd §§13-0302 & 13-0328, En Con L

A7547A (ACTIVE) - Summary

Permits kelp cultivation in underwater lands at Gardiner's and Peconic bays; permits Suffolk county to lease lands under water ceded to it by the state for the purpose of kelp cultivation; modifies certain provisions regarding commercial fishing licenses; makes related provisions.

A7547A (ACTIVE) - Bill Text download pdf

 
                     S T A T E   O F   N E W   Y O R K
 ________________________________________________________________________
 
                                  7547--A
 
                        2021-2022 Regular Sessions
 
                           I N  A S S E M B L Y
 
                               May 13, 2021
                                ___________
 
 Introduced  by M. of A. THIELE, GRIFFIN -- read once and referred to the
   Committee on Environmental Conservation -- committee discharged,  bill
   amended,  ordered reprinted as amended and recommitted to said commit-
   tee
 
 AN ACT to amend the  environmental  conservation  law,  in  relation  to
   permitting  kelp  cultivation  in  underwater  lands at Gardiner's and
   Peconic bays and commercial fishing licenses
 
   THE PEOPLE OF THE STATE OF NEW YORK, REPRESENTED IN SENATE AND  ASSEM-
 BLY, DO ENACT AS FOLLOWS:
 
   Section  1.  Legislative  findings.  The  state of New York has made a
 significant investment in combating nitrogen  pollution,  low  dissolved
 oxygen,  harmful  algal  blooms  and  a  variety  of other water quality
 impairments that threaten our coastal waters  and  fisheries  and  human
 health.
   Kelp,  which  is native to New York waters, plays an important role in
 the fight to restore the health of our waterways. Kelp acts as a natural
 sink for carbon and nitrogen in our bays while increasing oxygen  levels
 and  reducing  acidification.  Kelp serves as a natural habitat for fish
 and shellfish in the state's waters. As  New  York  continues  to  fight
 climate  change  and  nitrogen  pollution,  sustainable kelp farming can
 provide substantial environmental benefits for the state.  Kelp  farming
 has  a  very low environmental impact footprint, requiring no additional
 water or fertilizer use, but yields a valuable product.
   In addition to the environmental benefits, there are economic benefits
 for New York state by entering the emerging kelp farming market. Kelp is
 an edible and nutritious food with a growing market. It is also utilized
 in cosmetic and personal care products and used in fertilizer and animal
 feed.
   States including Connecticut, Massachusetts, Maine, and  Rhode  Island
 have   already  established  kelp  and  commercial  seaweed  aquaculture
 programs. In New York, there is an opportunity to promote this  industry
 by providing access for kelp aquaculture to state owned underwater lands
 ceded to Suffolk County.