senate Bill S4083

2021-2022 Legislative Session

Relates to the trout stocking practices of the department of environmental conservation

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Current Bill Status - In Senate Committee Environmental Conservation Committee

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Senate Actions - UPPERCASE
Feb 02, 2021 referred to environmental conservation

S4083 (ACTIVE) - Details

See Assembly Version of this Bill:
Current Committee:
Senate Environmental Conservation
Law Section:
Environmental Conservation Law
Laws Affected:
Add §11-0508, En Con L
Versions Introduced in 2019-2020 Legislative Session:
S5021, A7135

S4083 (ACTIVE) - Summary

Requires regulations and the implementation of a trout stocking pilot program across the state.

S4083 (ACTIVE) - Sponsor Memo

S4083 (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
                             February 2, 2021
 Introduced  by  Sen. HINCHEY -- 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 trout
   stocking practices of the department of environmental conservation

   Section  1.  Short  title. This act shall be known and may be cited as
 the "healthy coldwater fisheries act".
   § 2. Legislative findings. 1. New York state has a rich history  as  a
 freshwater  sports  fishing  destination. In particular, coldwater trout
 fisheries, such as the West branch of the Ausable river and the  Beaver-
 kill  river, are cited as birthplaces of modern trout fishing.  Further-
 more, New York has the second highest number of anglers  in  the  United
 States.  Our  state's  fisheries generate $2.7 billion in revenues, each
   2. Climate change and habitat degradation pose imminent threats to the
 viability of these fisheries and  the  local  economies  dependent  upon
 them.    Specifically,  increases  in peak water temperatures cause fish
 mortality, and over time, marginalize once-viable trout habitat.
   3. Current state hatchery stocking practices have not kept  pace  with
 other  states  in  the  northeastern  United States, whom have developed
 brood stocks of trout from holdover  and  wild  stream-bred  trout  with
 higher thermal tolerances. As a result, many in-state fishermen increas-
 ingly seek out-of-state fishing opportunities.
   4.  Modernizing trout stocking practices would likely decrease burdens
 on state hatcheries, by producing trout with greater survival character-
   5. Under the aegis of the department  of  environmental  conservation,
 there  is  merit  and value in establishing modern hatchery practices to
 ensure the future health of our coldwater fisheries.

  EXPLANATION--Matter in ITALICS (underscored) is new; matter in brackets
                       [ ] is old law to be omitted.


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