A02571 Summary:

BILL NOA02571
 
SAME ASSAME AS S02317
 
SPONSOREnglebright
 
COSPNSRRosenthal L, Carroll, D'Urso, Fernandez, Niou, Simon, Colton, Griffin, Pheffer Amato, Thiele
 
MLTSPNSR
 
Amd 13-0333 & 13-0343, En Con L
 
Relates to the taking of menhaden; provides that menhaden (Brevoortia tyrannus) from which oil or meal is made may not be taken from the waters of the marine district with a purse seine unless the department determines there is an imminent risk of a fish kill.
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A02571 Floor Votes:

DATE:02/04/2019Assembly Vote  YEA/NAY: 143/0
AbbateYCrespoYGanttERLiPetriYPerryYSimonY
AbinantiYCrouchYGarbarinoYLupardoYPheffer AmatoYSimotasY
ArroyoYCruzYGiglioYMagnarelliYPichardoYSmithY
AshbyYCusickYGlickYMalliotakisYPretlowYSmullenY
AubryYCymbrowitzYGoodellYManktelowYQuartYSolagesY
BarclayYDavilaYGottfriedYMcDonaldYRaYStecY
BarnwellYDe La RosaYGriffinYMcDonoughYRaiaYSteckY
BarrettYDenDekkerYGuntherYMcMahonYRamosERSternY
BarronYDeStefanoYHawleyYMikulinYRaynorYStirpeY
BenedettoYDickensYHevesiERMill B YReillyYTagueY
BichotteYDilanYHunterYMill MGYReyesYTaylorY
BlakeERDinowitzYHyndmanYMill MLYRichardsonYThieleY
BlankenbushYDiPietroYJacobsonYMontesanoERRiveraYTitusY
BrabenecYD'UrsoYJaffeeYMorinelloYRodriguezYVanelY
BraunsteinYEichensteinYJean-PierreYMosleyYRomeoYWalczykY
BronsonYEnglebrightYJohnsYNiouYRose D YWalkerER
BuchwaldYEpsteinYJonesYNolanERRose L YWallaceY
BurkeYFahyYJoynerYNorrisYRozicYWalshY
ButtenschonYFallYKimYO'DonnellYRyanYWeinsteinY
ByrneYFernandezYKolbYOrtizYSalkaYWeprinY
ByrnesYFinchYLalorYOtisYSantabarbaraYWilliamsY
CahillYFitzpatrickYLavineYPalmesanoYSayeghYWoernerY
CarrollYFriendYLawrenceYPalumboYSchimmingerYWrightY
ColtonYFrontusYLentolYPaulinYSchmittYZebrowskiY
CookYGalefYLiftonYPeoples-StokesYSeawrightYMr SpkrY

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A02571 Memo:

NEW YORK STATE ASSEMBLY
MEMORANDUM IN SUPPORT OF LEGISLATION
submitted in accordance with Assembly Rule III, Sec 1(f)
 
BILL NUMBER: A2571
 
SPONSOR: Englebright
  TITLE OF BILL: An act to amend the environmental conservation law, in relation to the taking of menhaden   PURPOSE OR GENERAL IDEA OF BILL: This bill would prohibit the taking of menhaden by use of a purse seine.   SUMMARY OF PROVISIONS: Section 13-0333 subdivision 1 of the Environmental Conservation Law (ECL) is amended to state that menhaden may not be taken with a purse seine. However, the Department of Environmental Conservation (DEC) shall have authority to issue a temporary order to take menhaden with purse seines if they determine that there is an imminent risk of a fishkill. Such determination shall be made after consideration of the waterbody's characteristics, such as a waterbody that has a history of hypoxia. Additionally, section 13-0333 is amended to repeal the provisions related to purse seine licenses from the Department of Environmental Conservation. Section 13-0343 subdivision 2 of the ECL is amended to repeal the provision related to taking menhaden with purse seines when operated from boats in Richmond County.   JUSTIFICATION: Atlantic Menhaden are a major food source for whales, dolphins, coastal sharks, predatory fish, seals, and seabirds. A single humpback whale can eat thousands of pounds of Menhaden per day. They are used as bait fish by recreational and commercial fisherman, and support fish meal and oil based products industries. These small fish have been referred to as one of the most important species in the ocean. Just prior to 2012, Atlantic Menhaden were overfished to just a small percentage of their historic abundance. Measures were taken by the Atlantic States Marine Fisheries Commission in 2012 to attempt to restore the Menhaden population. These recent efforts have been successful. Menhaden have been returning to New York's coastal waters in historic numbers. This is good news to the striped bass fisheries on Long Island, and the replenished food source is bringing whales and dolphins back to New York's coast, posi- tively contributing to the tourism industry. Purse seines are large nets that encircle schools of fish and are then closed at the bottom like a drawstring purse. Because the Menhaden popu- lation has been so low, purse seines have not been used in New York for several years, but as the populations grow, it is important to consider sustainable management of this keystone species. This legislation is necessary in order to prevent repeating history to the detriment of the marine ecosystem and the economies that rely on them.   PRIOR LEGISLATIVE HISTORY: 2017-18 A10506A passed assembly   FISCAL IMPLICATIONS FOR STATE AND LOCAL GOVERNMENTS: None to the State.   EFFECTIVE DATE: This act shall take effect immediately.
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A02571 Text:



 
                STATE OF NEW YORK
        ________________________________________________________________________
 
                                          2571
 
                               2019-2020 Regular Sessions
 
                   IN ASSEMBLY
 
                                    January 23, 2019
                                       ___________
 
        Introduced  by  M.  of  A.  ENGLEBRIGHT -- read once and referred to the
          Committee on Environmental Conservation
 
        AN ACT to amend the environmental conservation law, in relation  to  the
          taking of menhaden
 
          The  People of the State of New York, represented in Senate and Assem-
        bly, do enact as follows:

     1    Section 1. Section 13-0333  of  the  environmental  conservation  law,
     2  subdivisions  1  and  2  as  amended by chapter 427 of the laws of 1979,
     3  subdivisions 3, 4 and 5 as amended and subdivisions 6, 7, 9, 10  and  11
     4  as  added by chapter 60 of the laws of 1997, and paragraph b of subdivi-
     5  sion 4 and subdivision 8 as amended by chapter 156 of the laws of  1997,
     6  is amended to read as follows:
     7  § 13-0333. Menhaden; [license;] prohibited acts.
     8    [1.]  Menhaden  (Brevoortia  tyrannus) from which oil or meal is made,
     9  subject to the provisions of section 13-0343, may not be taken from  the
    10  waters  of the marine district with a purse seine [provided a license is
    11  first obtained from the department.
    12    2. Each license shall be issued to  cover  one  vessel  and  pertinent
    13  equipment  by  which such fish are taken and shall be issued in the name
    14  of the owner, lessee or operator of each vessel so  used.  License  fees
    15  shall  be  computed  on  the  basis of gross tonnage of the vessel to be
    16  licensed as indicated in the document, certificate of  award,  register,
    17  registration,  enrollment or license of such vessel issued by the United
    18  States or any state.
    19    3. The license fee shall be: For each vessel:

    20  30 gross tons or less                           25 dollars
    21  more than 30 gross tons and less than
    22  200 gross tons                                  500 dollars
    23  more than 200 gross tons                      2,000 dollars

         EXPLANATION--Matter in italics (underscored) is new; matter in brackets
                              [ ] is old law to be omitted.
                                                                   LBD05555-04-9

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     1  All licenses issued under this section shall expire on December 31
     2  following date of issue.
     3    4.  For  the purpose of this chapter, commercial menhaden purse seines
     4  may not be used or set:
     5    a. in the area of Long Island Sound extending  west  of  an  imaginary
     6  line  from  the  New  York state-Connecticut boundary line (Byram River)
     7  extending easterly and southerly to buoy 13 (off Eaton's Neck).
     8    b. in Long Island Sound south of a straight line one-half mile seaward
     9  of a straight line between buoy 13 (off Eaton's Neck) and  buoy  9  (off
    10  Sound Beach).
    11    Distances  shall  be  determined from straight lines drawn between the
    12  designated buoys and navigational aids.
    13    5. No person shall take menhaden by purse seining  except  during  the
    14  period  commencing  on  the  Monday following the fourth day of July and
    15  ending on the third Friday in October.    Nothing  in  this  subdivision
    16  shall be construed as legalizing the taking of menhaden by purse seining
    17  on  weekends  or  legal  holidays during the period provided for in this
    18  subdivision.
    19    6. The department shall, in consultation with the  menhaden  industry,
    20  have  the  authority  to require menhaden purse seine vessels to carry a
    21  department-approved observer during their operation in  New  York  state
    22  waters. Beginning July sixth, nineteen hundred ninety-eight, the depart-
    23  ment shall require menhaden purse seine vessels equal to or greater than
    24  two  hundred  gross  tons to carry a department-approved observer during
    25  their operation in New York state waters. Such observers shall independ-
    26  ently note and record information, as directed  by  the  department,  on
    27  such  items  as fishing location, menhaden catch, by-catch, and any user
    28  conflicts. The license holder for the vessel for which  an  observer  is
    29  required  will  be  responsible  for  the  costs of such observer.   The
    30  department shall promulgate rules and regulations to establish appropri-
    31  ate procedures for the  assessment  and  collection  of  costs  for  the
    32  observers.
    33    7.  The  operator of a menhaden purse seine vessel shall report to the
    34  department twenty-four hours prior to entering the waters of  the  state
    35  and  shall submit to the department a regular and timely report of their
    36  total harvest.  The department shall develop regulations six months from
    37  the effective  date  of  this  subdivision  related  to  this  reporting
    38  requirement.
    39    8.  The  department shall, in cooperation with the Connecticut Depart-
    40  ment of Environmental Protection and consistent  with  the  Long  Island
    41  Sound  Bi-state committee resolution regarding commercial menhaden fish-
    42  ing, undertake a water quality assessment  of  the  effect  of  menhaden
    43  vessel  fish hold waste on Long Island Sound water quality.  The depart-
    44  ment shall report back within one year of the  effective  date  of  this
    45  subdivision  thereon  to  the  governor,  the temporary president of the
    46  senate, the speaker of the assembly, and the chairmen of the senate  and
    47  assembly  environmental  conservation  committees  with its findings and
    48  recommendations for  reducing  or  eliminating  the  adverse  aesthetic,
    49  ecological, and water quality impacts of said discharge.
    50    9.  Licensees  shall  be  legally  and financially responsible for the
    51  clean up of fish lost during any fishing or  fish  handling  operations.
    52  The department shall establish regulations to enforce this subdivision.
    53    10.  The  department  shall  adopt  regulations to prohibit or further
    54  limit menhaden fishing when required by, and consistent with, the Inter-
    55  state Fishery Management plan for Atlantic menhaden adopted pursuant  to

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     1  the  Fishery  Conservation  and Management Act (16 USC 1800 et seq.) and
     2  adopted by the Atlantic States Marine Fisheries Commission.
     3    11.  The department, in cooperation with the Connecticut Department of
     4  Environmental Protection and  consistent  with  the  Long  Island  Sound
     5  Bi-state  committee  resolution  regarding  commercial menhaden fishing,
     6  shall evaluate the appropriateness and effectiveness of  establishing  a
     7  limit  on  the number of purse seine vessels that may be allowed to fish
     8  on Long Island Sound. The department  shall,  in  cooperation  with  the
     9  Connecticut  Department  of Environmental Protection and consistent with
    10  the Long Island Sound Bi-state committee resolution regarding commercial
    11  menhaden fishing, evaluate the benefits and effectiveness of  establish-
    12  ing  a  cap  on the quantity of menhaden that can be harvested from Long
    13  Island Sound in one year. The department shall, in consultation with the
    14  menhaden fishing industry, investigate means of regulating the depth  at
    15  which  menhaden  purse  seines  are set with respect to the depth of the
    16  water in their respective locations. The department  shall,  in  cooper-
    17  ation  with  the  Connecticut Department of Environmental Protection and
    18  consistent with the Long  Island  Sound  Bi-state  committee  resolution
    19  regarding  commercial menhaden fishing, provide a report of its findings
    20  and recommendations thereon to the governor, the temporary president  of
    21  the  senate, the speaker of the assembly, and the chairmen of the senate
    22  and assembly environmental conservation committees within  one  year  of
    23  the  effective  date  of  this  subdivision]; provided however, that the
    24  department shall have the authority to issue a temporary order  allowing
    25  the  use  of  purse  seines  for  taking menhaden, pursuant to temporary
    26  permits, if the department determines that there is an imminent risk  of
    27  a  fish  kill  resulting from the presence of unusually large amounts of
    28  menhaden in waters of the marine and coastal district in or adjacent  to
    29  waterbody  segments that are characteristic of locations likely to expe-
    30  rience fish kills or that have a history of hypoxia.  Prior  to  issuing
    31  such  temporary order, the department shall first consider other fishing
    32  methods authorized under this chapter,  including  but  not  limited  to
    33  beach  seines,  and shall only issue a temporary order if the department
    34  determines that such other fishing methods will not  sufficiently  miti-
    35  gate  the  conditions  precipitating the potential fish kill. Such order
    36  shall include the  department's  justification  for  the  use  of  purse
    37  seines,  time,  geography,  and  poundage  specifications, and any other
    38  conditions that the department deems appropriate and shall be posted  on
    39  the  department's  website. Following the adoption of such an order, the
    40  department may issue temporary permits, not to exceed fourteen days  and
    41  subject  to the conditions of the department's temporary order, allowing
    42  for the harvest of menhaden.
    43    § 2. Subdivision 2 of section 13-0343 of the  environmental  conserva-
    44  tion  law,  as amended by chapter 546 of the laws of 1981, is amended to
    45  read as follows:
    46    2. In the waters of the marine district  in  the  county  of  Richmond
    47  purse  seines  may  not  be  used  to  take menhaden [when operated from
    48  boats]; and nets of not more than ten feet in length, operated by  hand,
    49  may be used to take minnows and shrimp for bait.
    50    § 3. This act shall take effect immediately.
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