Releases Atlantic Menhaden Draft Amendment 2
for Public Comment: States to Conduct
Hearings in October/November
Arlington, VA – The Atlantic States Marine
Fisheries Commission’s Atlantic Menhaden
Management Board has released Draft Amendment
2 to the Interstate Fishery Management Plan
for Atlantic Menhaden for public review and
comment. The Draft Amendment presents a suite
of options to manage and monitor the stock in
both the short and long-term. These include
options to end overfishing; change the biomass
reference points to match the fishing
mortality reference points; and establish a
specification process to set and allocate
total allowable catch (TAC), including
procedures to close the fishery when a certain
percentage of the TAC has been projected to be
landed. It presents accountability measures to
address quota transfers, rollovers, and
overage payback, as well as options to allow
for a specified amount of the TAC to be set
aside for small scale fisheries and episodic
events. To address monitoring and data
collection needs, the Draft Amendment also
presents options for timely quota monitoring
and the collection of biological data through
The Draft Amendment
responds to the findings of both the 2010
benchmark stock assessment and the 2012 stock
assessment update that indicate the stock is
experiencing overfishing but may or may not be
overfished depending on the reference points
chosen. The stock is not overfished based on
the current reference points used in the most
recent assessment. Given that the stock is
experiencing overfishing, the Draft
Amendment’s immediate goals are to take steps
to end overfishing and manage Atlantic
menhaden not only as a fishery but as a
critical ecosystem component. However,
uncertainties in the 2012 stock assessment
update make it difficult to quantify the level
of reductions needed to meet those goals.
Therefore, the Draft Amendment includes a
range of harvest reductions from 0 – 50% from
current harvest levels. The broad range of
potential harvest reductions and allocation
scenarios enables the Board and the public to
consider management options beyond the
historical allocations and traditional quota
setting approaches to best manage this
fishery. The Technical Committee plans to
address the issues with the stock assessment
in the next benchmark assessment, currently
planned for 2015.
It is anticipated that the majority of
Atlantic coastal states will be conducting
hearings on the Draft Amendment. A subsequent
press release will announce the details of
those hearings. Final action on the Amendment
is anticipated to occur in December;
information on that meeting will be announced
once it has been finalized.
Fishermen and other
interested groups are encouraged to provide
input on the Draft Amendment either by
attending state public hearings or providing
written comment. Draft Amendment 2 is
available on the Commission website at
http://www.asmfc.org/speciesDocuments/menhaden/fmps/atlMenhadenAmendment2forPublicComment.pdfor by contacting
the Commission at 703.842.0740. Public comment
will be accepted until 5:00 PM (EST) on
November 16, 2012 and should be forwarded
to Mike Waine, Fishery Management Plan
Coordinator, at 1050 N. Highland St., Suite
200 A-N, Arlington, VA 22201; 703.842.0741
(Subject line: Draft Amendment 2). For
more information, please contact Mike Waine at
Governor Andrew M. Cuomo, who is striped bass fishing
today, announced he has signed a law to prohibit the
taking of striped bass from the Hudson River for
commercial purposes, extending a ban that has existed
since the 1970s.
"This law benefits both public health and the vibrant
recreational fishing industry that is an important part
of the local economies along the Hudson River. I thank
Senator Grisanti and Assemblyman Abinanti for sponsoring
this legislation," Governor Cuomo said.
The law prohibits the taking of striped bass for
commercial purposes from the Hudson River located
George Washington Bridge and the
federal dam in
Troy. Striped bass fishing is popular among
anglers and the Hudson River is New York's main spawning
ground for striped bass, attracting many recreational
fishermen each year. Because of PCB contamination, the
New York State Department of Environmental
Conservation currently bans consumption of fish from
approximately 40 miles of the Hudson from Ft. Edward
downstream to Troy and also bans most commercial fishing
in the entire river. The New York State Department of
Health also advises children and women of childbearing
age against eating any fish from the Hudson River. The
legislation further ensures that striped bass with
possible PCB contamination are not commercially sold,
while also helping maintain the striped bass population
in the Hudson River for recreational fishing. The law
takes effect in 120 days and will sunset on April 1,
Senator Mark Grisanti said, "As a major tourist draw and
popular fishing destination, the Hudson River benefits
local towns and villages as well as recreational
anglers. With PCB contamination still evident among
striped bass in the Hudson, it is important that we
extend the ban on commercial fishing to protect public
health and the striped bass population. I thank Governor
Cuomo for signing this law that will benefit consumers,
fishermen, and the striped bass ecosystem."
Assemblyman Thomas Abinanti said, "Fishing for striped
bass in the Hudson River has been a favorite pastime for
New Yorkers for decades and with this signing Governor
Cuomo is ensuring striped bass populations are protected
for recreational use only. Extending this ban will
continue to protect New Yorkers from the sale of
potentially contaminated fish and allow anglers to
continue to enjoy the striped bass fishing experience."
Even New Jersey is having Beach
Access Issues! Check out this video!
NYCRF Goes Back To Albany, 2011
NYCRF members Ed Simeone, President Willie Young, and Captain
Stuart Patterson present Senator Owen H. Johnson an award for his tireless
efforts protecting the rights of the New York State local recreational fisherman
on April 20, 2011 at the State Capital Albany , NY
April 14, 2011
Letter to Mr. Bryan Erwin, Chairman, Board of Commissioners,
by William A. Muller Ph.D. regarding the Fishing Advisory
Alexandria, VA – The Atlantic States Marine Fisheries Commission’s Atlantic
Striped Bass Management Board has initiated development of Draft Addendum
III with the goals of reducing striped bass fishing mortality (F) up to 40%
and further protecting spawning stock when it is concentrated and
vulnerable. The addendum was initiated in order to allow managers to
promptly respond to the results of the stock assessment update in the fall
if necessary. Provisions of the addendum, if passed, could be implemented
prior to the start of the 2012 fishing year.
The Board’s action responds to recent trends in the fishery and resource,
including a 66% decline in estimated recreational catch from 2006 to 2009;
a 25% decline in estimated striped bass abundance from 2004 to 2008; and
lowered recruitment in recent years. Additionally, states in the northern
extent of the fishery have expressed concern over decreased availability of
striped bass as a result of the diminished water quality in the Chesapeake
Bay during the summer months that may also contribute to increased
prevalence of mycobacteriosis in striped bass.
Draft Addendum III will propose a range of fishing management measures
including, but not limited to, adjustments to commercial and recreational
minimum size (for jurisdictions outside Chesapeake Bay and Albemarle
Sound/Roanoke River), reductions in annual coastal commercial allocation,
reductions in recreational bag limits, revisions to the target F rate (for
Chesapeake Bay and Albemarle Sound/Roanoke River), and reductions on
fishing for striped bass in known spawning areas during the spawning season
by at least 50% (for jurisdictions bordering the Hudson River, Delaware
River, Chesapeake Bay and Albemarle Sound/Roanoke River).
The commercial and recreational fishery is currently managed through
Amendment 6 to the Striped Bass Fishery Management Plan. The Amendment,
passed in 2003, allocates the coastal commercial quota and set a two fish
bag limit and a 28 inch size minimum for the recreational fishery, with the
exception of the Chesapeake Bay fisheries, Albemarle Sound/Roanoke River
fisheries, and states with approved alternative regulations.
The Draft Addendum will be developed for preliminary review by the Atlantic
Striped Bass Management Board in August. For more information, please
contact Kate Taylor, Fishery Management Plan Coordinator, at email@example.com or
February 19, 2011
Call to arms against a direct trawling
fishery for striped bass in NY
Please see below the letter that was drafted by Board
member for everyone to send to the acting Comissioner
of the DEC. We need to be extremely proactive on this
matter so have each and every member of your clubs or
organizations print this letter out and sign it and
send it to Albany. Please be sure to include your
name, address and phone number along with your
signature on this letter. Together we can help assure
that Striped Bass remain protected from a directed
trawling fishery here in New York. Lets not let our
State end up looking like the Carolina's. You can
edit, copy and paste from the letter below or see the
attached Word Document and print it out.
The New York Coalition for Recreational Fishing is writing to express our
concern about the Governor’s appointee to the Atlantic States Marine Fisheries
Your NYCRF at Work!
Attached is a letter we presented to the Village of Old Field recently at
their special meeting they held recently. Willy Young, Debbie DelGatto and
I were in attendance with other recreational anglers that frequent the
location as well. Many issues and solutions were discussed and offered.
Willy even went as far to call the Trustee's bluff and offered to pay for
a staircase that would be used to access the beach over the revetment that
they brought up but their tune changed when he popped that on them. Willy
also asked the mayor of teh Village to table the vote until a later date
so further discussion could be held regarding the matter being that the
Mayor agreed to keep the door open to discuss the matter further. The
mayor opted to hold the vote anyway and voted to ammend the villages laws
in hopes of eliminating the publics access and usage of the beach. We have
been in contact with the
Department of State and the National Parks Service so far. When we
have further documentation Willy will be attempting to smooth out the
issues with the Village. I am informing all of you of this matter so you
realize the Coalition is always attempting to make further improvements
regarding recreational fishing and always will to fight to protect our
access. This will be one Hell of a battle that we have on our hands but we
do have Laws on our side. One can only hope someone will step up and do
the right thing by us when it comes to the laws on the books and our
Rights. Attached to this email is the letter we presented the Village of
Old Field Trustee's and also sent it to those listed on the cc list.
Vice President - New York Coalition for Recreational Fishing Inc
On April 20, 2010members of the New York
Coalition for Recreational Fishing spent their day visiting many of your
New York State Assembly and New York State Senate Members at the State Capitol
in Albany. Coalition members President Willie Young, Coalition Vice President Tom
Farrell, Sergeant of Arms Ed "Hemi" Simeone, Captain Stuart Paterson
of Northport Charters, Ltd.
The members of the NYCRF were there to meet with your New York State Assemblyman and
State Senators and
discuss our position
all efforts should be focused on maintaining the largest possible stocks of
striped bass. In this way, we maintain enthusiasm and vitality in local
recreational activity; provide a buffer against the losses from infectious
epidemics, allow the fish to weather periods of poor recruitment, and help to
government taxes such as the recently added saltwater license.
NY State Assemblyman Robert K. Sweeney receives a mounted fish
trophy for his continued support of the NYCRF
(l) to (r) NYCRF members Captain Stuart
Patterson, NYCRF, VP Tom Farrell, NY State Assemblyman Robert Sweeney, NYCRF
President Willy Young and NYCRF Sergeant of Arm Ed Simeone
NY State Assemblywoman Ginny Fields receives a mounted fish trophy for her continued support of the NYCRF
(l) to (r) NYCRF VP Tom Farrell, Captain Stuart Patterson, NY State Assemblywomen Ginny Fields , NYCRF President Willy Young and member Ed Simeone
NYCRF Vice President Tom Farrell and NY State Assemblywomen Ginny Fields pose for a photo-op
NY State Senator Frank Padavan receives a mounted fish trophy for his support of the NYCRF.
Captain Stuart Paterson, NYS Senator Frank Padavan and NYCRF Vice President Tom Farrell pose for a photo op.
NYCRF members present an award to Assemblyman Joseph Saladino for his continued support our of mission.
(l) to (r) NYCRF member Ed Simeone, Captain Stuart Patterson, NY State Assemblyman Joseph Saladino, NYCRF President Willy Young and NYCRF Vice President Tom Farrell
NYCRF members present an award to Assemblyman Andrew Raia for his continued support of our mission.
(l) to (r) NYCRF member Ed Simeone, Captain Stuart Patterson, NY State Assemblyman Andrew Raia, NYCRF President Willy Young and NYCRF Vice President Tom Farrell
New York State Assemblyman Andrew Raia invite members of the NYCRF to the New York State Assembly floor of the NYS Capitol
(l) to (r) NYCRF member Ed Simeone, NYCRF President Willy Young, NY State Assemblyman Andrew Raia, Captain Stuart Patterson, and NYCRF Vice President Tom Farrell
New York Coalition for Recreational Fishing members Ed Simeone
(l) and Coalition President Willy Young (r)meet with New York State Assemblyman
Joseph S. Saladino at the New York State Capital in Albany NY for the
Sportsmen & Outdoor Recreational Legislative Awareness Day on January 12, 2010
Long Island Fishermen vs. the State of New York 11/9/2009
New York has passed a law requiring recreational fishermen to get a permit,
which has Long Island anglers up in arms.
Click Here to view video
November 5, 2009
ASMFC Weakfish Board Adopts Addendum IV in Response to
Depleted Stock Status
Island – The Commission’s
Weakfish Management Board approved measures to
reduce exploitation by over 50 percent in both the recreational
and commercial sectors. Addendum IV
requires states to implement a one fish recreational creel
limit, 100 pound commercial trip limit, 100
pound commercial bycatch limit during closed seasons, and 100
undersized fish per trip allowance for
the finfish trawl fishery. All other management measures
previously adopted to conserve the stock and
reduce bycatch remain in effect.
The Board’s action comes in response to the stock status of
weakfish. A recent peer-reviewed
assessment found the weakfish stock to be depleted, with
spawning stock biomass estimated to be three
percent of an unfished stock, well below the 20 percent
threshold and 30 percent target reference points
also approved by the Board as part of Addendum IV. The decline
in biomass reflects a sustained rise in
natural mortality after 1995, rather than fishing mortality
which has been modest and stable over the
same time period.
“The Board received a significant amount of public comment
supporting a coastwide moratorium. In
recognition of this, it chose to implement measures that would
discourage directed fishing, limit bycatch
mortality, and ensure that critical sampling programs remain on
track,” stated Board Chair Roy Miller.
While the decline appears to have resulted from a change in the
natural mortality of weakfish in recent
years, it is further exacerbated by continued removals by
commercial and recreational fisheries.
However, given the high mortality levels, the stock is also
unlikely to recover rapidly. The
measures are intended to reduce the level of harvest without
creating a large amount of discards.
Addendum IV will be available via the Commission’s website at
by November 15.
For more information, please contact Nichola Meserve,
Fishery Management Plan
(202) 289-6400 or
October 1, 2009
Recreational Marine Fishing License
The new Recreational Marine Fishing License is available
for purchase on the Internet or from NYS hunting and fishing license vendors.As of October 1, 2009, all anglers who wish to fish in the marine and
coastal district or to fish in other state waters for "migratory fish from the
sea" (such as striped bass, American shad, hickory shad, blueback herring,
alewife) must have a recreational marine fishing license.
Please print out this letter ASAP and disperse
throughout all of your members of your organizations. Have them sign and print
their names on the letter and send it in to the Governor ASAP. Governor
Paterson's address is on the top portion of the letter. This is an urgent
matter. Thank you in advance for your support.
Vice President - New York Coalition for Recreational
NYCRF Goes To Albany
On April 29, 2009 members of the New York
Coalition for Recreational Fishing spent their day visiting many of your
New York State Assembly and New York State Senate Members at the State Capitol
in Albany. Coalition members President Willie Young, Coalition Secretary Tom
Farrell, Sergeant of Arms Ed "Hemi" , Captain Stuart Patersonand Past President of the Long Island Beach Buggy
Association (LIBBA) Chuck Hollins. They brought the message to Albany from our
recreational anglers that we oppose "Assemblyman Engelbright's
no fishing plan" Bill A01694
and to ask for continued support for fishing preservation, conservation and
access for the thousands of saltwater anglers here in the State of New York
NYCRF members present an award to Assemblyman Joseph Saladino for his continued support our mission.
NYCRF members Captain Stuart Paterson, Chuck Hollins, Assemblyman Joseph Saladino and Ed "Hemi" Simeone
NYCRF's Captain Stuart Paterson presents a fish mount to New York State Assemblyman Andrew Raia
NYCRF members present an award to Assemblyman Robert K. Sweeney for his continued support of the NYCRF.
NYCRF members Ed "Hemi" Simeone, Captain Stuart Paterson, President Willie Young, Assemblyman Robert K. Sweeney, Chuck Hollins and Tom Farrell
NYCRF's Letter to Assemblyman Robert K.
Sweeney Regarding Bill A01694
a.k.a. "Assemblyman Engelbright's
no fishing plan"
To view the full
wording of the Bill please scroll down this page
We urge all of you to
take the time to print out the letter, sign it and send it in. Also please take
a moment to email the letter and your thoughts to Assemblyman Robert K. Sweeney.
Assemblyman Sweeney is the Chairman of Environmental Conservation. Here is the
link to Mr. Sweeney's email.
April 24, 2009:The New York Coalition for Recreational Fishing Board decided on a course
of action we are going to take regarding Bill number A01694. Some of you may
know it as Assemblyman Engelbright's no fishing plan. Stay tuned for further
S T A T E O F N E W Y O R K
2009-2010 Regular Sessions
I N A S S E M B L Y
January 9, 2009
Introduced by M. of A. ENGLEBRIGHT -- Multi-Sponsored by -- M. of A.
COLTON, CYMBROWITZ, HEASTIE -- read once and referred to the Committee
on Environmental Conservation
AN ACT to amend the environmental conservation law, in relation to
establishing the marine life protection task force and providing for
the powers and duties thereof
THE PEOPLE OF THE STATE OF NEW YORK, REPRESENTED IN SENATE AND ASSEM-
BLY, DO ENACT AS FOLLOWS:
1 Section 1. Article 13 of the environmental conservation law is amended
2 by adding a new title 7 to read as follows:
3 TITLE 7
4 MARINE LIFE PROTECTION
5 SECTION 13-0701. LEGISLATIVE INTENT.
6 13-0703. DEFINITIONS.
7 13-0705. MARINE LIFE PROTECTION TASK FORCE.
8 13-0707. TASK FORCE; POWERS AND DUTIES.
9 13-0709. REPORTS AND RECOMMENDATIONS.
10 S 13-0701. LEGISLATIVE INTENT.
11 THE LEGISLATURE HEREBY FINDS THAT:
12 1. NEW YORK'S EXTRAORDINARY MARINE BIOLOGICAL DIVERSITY IS A VITAL
13 ASSET TO THE STATE AND NATION. THE DIVERSITY OF SPECIES AND ECOSYSTEMS
14 FOUND IN THE STATE'S MARINE AND COASTAL DISTRICT IS IMPORTANT TO PUBLIC
15 HEALTH AND WELL-BEING, ECOLOGICAL HEALTH, AND OCEAN-DEPENDENT INDUSTRY;
16 2. COASTAL DEVELOPMENT, WATER POLLUTION AND OTHER HUMAN ACTIVITIES
17 THREATEN THE HEALTH OF MARINE HABITAT AND THE BIOLOGICAL DIVERSITY FOUND
18 IN NEW YORK'S MARINE AND COASTAL DISTRICT. NEW TECHNOLOGIES AND DEMANDS
19 HAVE ENCOURAGED THE EXPANSION OF FISHING AND OTHER ACTIVITIES TO FORMER-
20 LY INACCESSIBLE MARINE AREAS THAT ONCE RECHARGED NEARBY FISHERIES. AS A
21 RESULT, ECOSYSTEMS THROUGHOUT THE STATE'S MARINE AND COASTAL DISTRICT
22 ARE BEING ALTERED, OFTEN AT A RAPID RATE;
23 3. FISH AND OTHER SEA LIFE ARE SUSTAINABLE RESOURCES, AND FISHING IS
24 AN IMPORTANT STATE ASSET. MARINE PROTECTED AREAS AND SOUND FISHERY
25 MANAGEMENT ARE COMPLEMENTARY COMPONENTS OF A COMPREHENSIVE EFFORT TO
26 SUSTAIN MARINE HABITATS AND FISHERIES;
EXPLANATION--Matter in ITALICS (underscored) is new; matter in brackets
[ ] is old law to be omitted.
A. 1694 2
1 4. UNDERSTANDING OF THE IMPACTS OF HUMAN ACTIVITIES AND THE PROCESSES
2 REQUIRED TO SUSTAIN THE ABUNDANCE AND DIVERSITY OF MARINE LIFE IS LIMIT-
3 ED. THE DESIGNATION OF CERTAIN AREAS AS SEA LIFE RESERVES CAN HELP
4 EXPAND THE LEGISLATURE'S KNOWLEDGE BY PROVIDING BASELINE INFORMATION AND
5 IMPROVING THE UNDERSTANDING OF ECOSYSTEMS WHERE MINIMAL DISTURBANCE
7 5. MARINE LIFE RESERVES ARE ESSENTIAL TO THE PROTECTION OF HABITATS
8 AND ECOSYSTEMS, CONSERVATION OF BIOLOGICAL DIVERSITY, PROVISION OF SANC-
9 TUARIES FOR FISH AND OTHER SEA LIFE, ENHANCEMENT OF RECREATIONAL AND
10 EDUCATIONAL OPPORTUNITIES, PROVISION OF A REFERENCE POINT AGAINST WHICH
11 SCIENTISTS CAN MEASURE CHANGES ELSEWHERE IN THE MARINE AND COASTAL
12 DISTRICT, AND REBUILDING DEPLETED FISHERIES;
13 6. THERE IS A NEED TO EXAMINE AND AUGMENT THE STATE'S LAWS TO INCREASE
14 THEIR COHERENCE AND EFFECTIVENESS AT PROTECTING NEW YORK'S MARINE LIFE,
15 HABITAT AND ECOSYSTEMS; AND
16 7. TO IMPROVE THE MANAGEMENT AND PROTECTION OF THE STATE'S MARINE
17 LIFE, IT IS NECESSARY TO ESTABLISH A TASK FORCE, WITHIN THE DEPARTMENT,
18 TO PROPOSE A MARINE LIFE PROTECTION PLAN TO BE ENACTED INTO LAW BY THE
20 S 13-0703. DEFINITIONS.
21 FOR THE PURPOSES OF THIS TITLE:
22 1. "MARINE LIFE RESERVE" SHALL MEAN A MARINE PROTECTED AREA IN WHICH
23 ALL EXTRACTIVE ACTIVITIES, INCLUDING THE TAKING OF MARINE SPECIES AND,
24 IF NECESSARY, OTHER ACTIVITIES WHICH UPSET THE NATURAL ECOLOGICAL FUNC-
25 TIONS OF THE AREA SHALL BE PROHIBITED. WHILE, TO THE EXTENT FEASIBLE,
26 SUCH AREA SHALL BE OPEN TO THE PUBLIC FOR MANAGED ENJOYMENT AND STUDY,
27 THE AREA IS TO BE MAINTAINED IN AN UNDISTURBED AND UNPOLLUTED STATE.
28 2. "TASK FORCE" SHALL MEAN THE MARINE LIFE PROTECTION TASK FORCE
29 ESTABLISHED PURSUANT TO SECTION 13-0705 OF THIS TITLE.
30 S 13-0705. MARINE LIFE PROTECTION TASK FORCE.
31 1. THERE IS HEREBY ESTABLISHED, WITHIN THE DEPARTMENT, THE MARINE LIFE
32 PROTECTION TASK FORCE. SUCH TASK FORCE SHALL BE COMPOSED OF THIRTEEN
33 MEMBERS. THE DIRECTOR OF THE MARINE SCIENCES RESEARCH CENTER OF THE
34 STATE UNIVERSITY OF NEW YORK AT STONY BROOK, OR HIS OR HER DESIGNEE,
35 SHALL BE A MEMBER OF THE TASK FORCE AND SHALL SERVE AS THE CHAIR OF THE
36 TASK FORCE. THE COMMISSIONER SHALL APPOINT THREE MEMBERS OF THE MARINE
37 RESOURCES ADVISORY COUNCIL AS MEMBERS OF THE TASK FORCE. THE REMAINING
38 NINE MEMBERS OF THE TASK FORCE SHALL BE APPOINTED BY THE COMMISSIONER AS
39 FOLLOWS: THREE MEMBERS SHALL BE APPOINTED UPON THE RECOMMENDATION OF THE
40 GOVERNOR, THREE MEMBERS SHALL BE APPOINTED UPON THE RECOMMENDATION OF
41 THE TEMPORARY PRESIDENT OF THE SENATE, AND THREE MEMBERS SHALL BE
42 APPOINTED UPON THE RECOMMENDATION OF THE SPEAKER OF THE ASSEMBLY.
43 2. THE MEMBERS OF THE TASK FORCE APPOINTED BY THE COMMISSIONER SHALL
44 BE PERSONS WHO HAVE DEMONSTRATED EXPERTISE IN AND CONCERN FOR THE
45 PROTECTION OF MARINE LIFE. SUCH MEMBERS SHALL SERVE FOR A TERM OF TWO
46 YEARS, OR UNTIL THEIR SUCCESSOR HAS BEEN APPOINTED. VACANCIES IN THE
47 MEMBERSHIP OF THE TASK FORCE SHALL BE FILLED IN THE MANNER PROVIDED FOR
48 ORIGINAL APPOINTMENTS.
49 S 13-0707. TASK FORCE; POWERS AND DUTIES.
50 THE TASK FORCE SHALL HAVE THE FOLLOWING POWERS AND DUTIES:
51 1. TO EMPLOY AND AT PLEASURE REMOVE SUCH PERSONNEL AS IT MAY DEEM
52 NECESSARY FOR THE PERFORMANCE OF ITS FUNCTIONS AND FIX THEIR COMPEN-
53 SATION WITHIN THE AMOUNTS MADE AVAILABLE THEREFOR;
54 2. TO REQUEST, RECEIVE AND UTILIZE AND BE PROVIDED WITH SUCH FACILI-
55 TIES, RESOURCES AND DATA OF THE DEPARTMENT, OR ANY DEPARTMENT, DIVISION,
56 BOARD, BUREAU, COMMISSION OR AGENCY OF THE STATE OR ANY POLITICAL SUBDI-
A. 1694 3
1 VISION THEREOF AS MAY BE NECESSARY TO PROPERLY CARRY OUT ITS POWERS AND
3 3. TO DETERMINE WHICH LAWS, RULES AND REGULATIONS GOVERN THE
4 PROTECTION OF MARINE LIFE IN THE MARINE AND COASTAL DISTRICT;
5 4. TO ASSESS THE SCOPE AND EFFECTIVENESS OF SUCH LAWS, RULES AND REGU-
6 LATIONS IN PROTECTING MARINE LIFE;
7 5. TO INVENTORY AND MAP THE MARINE LIFE AT EACH SITE WITHIN THE MARINE
8 AND COASTAL DISTRICT;
9 6. TO DETERMINE ALL THE SPECIES OF MARINE LIFE AT EACH SUCH SITE, THE
10 APPROXIMATE NUMBER OF EACH SPECIES AT EACH SUCH SITE, AND THE LEVEL AND
11 NATURE OF PROTECTION AFFORDED EACH SPECIES OF MARINE LIFE;
12 7. TO PROPOSE A MARINE LIFE PROTECTION PLAN, WHICH SHALL INCLUDE:
13 (A) PROTECTION OF THE NATURAL DIVERSITY AND ABUNDANCE OF MARINE LIFE,
14 AND THE STRUCTURE, FUNCTION AND INTEGRITY OF MARINE ECOSYSTEMS,
15 (B) SUSTENANCE, CONSERVATION AND PROTECTION OF MARINE LIFE POPU-
16 LATIONS, INCLUDING THOSE OF ECONOMIC VALUE, AND REBUILD THOSE THAT ARE
18 (C) IMPROVEMENT OF RECREATIONAL, EDUCATIONAL AND STUDY OPPORTUNITIES
19 PROVIDED BY MARINE ECOSYSTEMS THAT ARE SUBJECT TO MINIMAL HUMAN DISTURB-
20 ANCE, AND MANAGEMENT OF SUCH USES IN A MANNER CONSISTENT WITH PROTECTING
22 (D) PROTECTION OF MARINE NATURAL HERITAGE, INCLUDING PROTECTION OF
23 REPRESENTATIVE AND UNIQUE MARINE LIFE HABITATS IN THE MARINE AND COASTAL
24 DISTRICT, AND
25 (E) PROPOSE LEGISLATION, BASED UPON SOUND SCIENTIFIC GUIDELINES, WHICH
26 ESTABLISHES CLEARLY DEFINED OBJECTIVES, EFFECTIVE MANAGEMENT MEASURES
27 AND ADEQUATE ENFORCEMENT FOR THE PROTECTION OF MARINE LIFE;
28 8. TO PROPOSE RECOMMENDATIONS AND LEGISLATION FOR THE ESTABLISHMENT
29 AND REGULATION OF MARINE LIFE RESERVES, INCLUDING NO-TAKE RESERVES, AT
30 SITES WITHIN THE MARINE AND COASTAL DISTRICT THAT THE TASK FORCE FINDS
31 WOULD BENEFIT FROM SUCH DESIGNATION AS A MARINE LIFE RESERVE BASED ON
32 THE TASK FORCE'S RESEARCH PURSUANT TO THIS SECTION;
33 9. TO ESTABLISH A TIMETABLE FOR THE ESTABLISHMENT OF MARINE LIFE
34 RESERVES AT THE VARIOUS SITES WITHIN THE MARINE AND COASTAL DISTRICT;
36 10. TO INVESTIGATE AND MAKE RECOMMENDATIONS ON THE FEASIBILITY AND
37 EFFECTIVENESS OF PROVIDING ENHANCED MUNICIPAL REGULATION OF MARINE LIFE
39 S 13-0709. REPORTS AND RECOMMENDATIONS.
40 ON OR BEFORE JANUARY FIRST EACH YEAR, THE TASK FORCE SHALL ISSUE A
41 REPORT AND ITS RECOMMENDATIONS TO THE COMMISSIONER, GOVERNOR, TEMPORARY
42 PRESIDENT OF THE SENATE AND SPEAKER OF THE ASSEMBLY. SUCH REPORT AND
43 RECOMMENDATION SHALL INCLUDE ALL INFORMATION DERIVED AND RECOMMENDATIONS
44 COMPOSED PURSUANT TO SUBDIVISIONS THREE THROUGH TEN OF SECTION 13-0707
45 OF THIS TITLE.
46 S 2. This act shall take effect on the first of January next succeed-
47 ing the date on which it shall have become a law; provided that the
48 commissioner of environmental conservation is authorized and directed to
49 appoint the members of the marine life protection task force pursuant to
50 section 13-0705 of the environmental conservation law, as added by
51 section one of this act, on or before such date.
New York State Department of
Environmental Conservation News
April 13, 2009,
last two public hearings for Winter Flounder, the commercial fisherman have
turned out in force to say that the depressed flounder stocks are due to the
predatory nature of striped bass, seals, and cormorants. Calling for a reduction
in the striped bass stocks they are receiving a sympathetic ear in the N.Y.
State D.E.C. and the Atlantic States Marine Fisheries Commission.
may be on the agenda at the next ASMFC Striped Bass Management Board meeting on
May 4, 2009
There will be another public hearing on April 29, 2009 for winter
We urge you to show up for this hearing
Winter Flounder meeting will be held on April 29, 2009 7:00 pm
at the :
205 North Belle Meade Road
East Seatauket, NY 11733
Directions By Car:
Take the Long Island Expressway (495) to Exit 62 North
(Nicolls Road). Go north on Nicolls to Nesconset Hwy (Rte 347). Make a right
(East) on Rte 347 to the 3rd traffic light (Belle Mead Rd). Make a left on Belle
Mead. Building 205 is on right hand side.
President N.Y. Coalition for Recreational Fishing
Assemblyman Joseph S. Saladino
12th New York State
Friend of the New York Fisherman!
Tuesday October 28, 2008
at "The Sterling", Hicksville NY
Representing the New York Coalition for Recreational Fishing,
Inc. (NYCRF) and the Long Island Beach Buggy Association (LIBBA)
Representing NYCRF Jim Coucoulas, Vice President Striper Surf Club & Steve Knapik,
Past President Striper Surf Club, Assemblyman Joseph S.
Saladino, John Mantione owner of J&J Sports & Chuck Hollins President of Long Island Beach Buggy Association
Surfers continue to
ignore New York State Park Regulations at Montauk Point State Park - September, 2008
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Surfer demonstrates complete disrespect of NY State Park Regulations while a surf fisherman attempts to fish!
Surfers continue to ignore NY State Park Regulations: "No surfing north of the Lighthouse."
Surfers continue to ignore NY State Park Regulations: "No surfing north of the Lighthouse."
BETTER GOVERNMENT FUNDRAISER FOR ASSEMBLYWOMEN GINNY FIELDS
5th New York
State Assembly District
May 2, 2008 at
the Riverview Restaurant, Oakdale
Over 70 people representing Boaters, and Surf anglers from around Long Island
came out to support the assemblywomen who supports fishing access rights.
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LIBBA's President Chuck Hollins and Assemblywoman Ginny Fields pose for a photo op during a much needed fundraiser.
NY Coalition for Recreational Fishing, Inc. members Larry Carlucci Treasurer, Steve Knapik (Striper Surf Club), William Young (Coalition President)
Assemblywoman Ginny Fields, LIBBA President Chuck Hollins and Tom Farrell Coalition secretary pose for a photo op.
LIBBA'a President Chuck Hollins presents a plaque thanking Assemblywoman Ginny Fields for all her hard work helping us with beach access issues
Assemblywoman Ginny Fields accepts an award from "Casting for Recovery" dedicated to helping those recovering from breast cancer thru fishing.
The NY Coalition for Recreational Fishing, Inc. President William Young and The Fisherman Magazine editor Fred Golofaro pose for a photo op.
Past President Steve Knapik of the Striper Surf Club poses with Assemblywoman Ginny Fields for a photo.
Representative's of the New York
Coalition for Recreational Fishing Capt.Stuart Paterson & Willy Young went to
Albany on April 23, 2007 to thank the following Legislators for all their
efforts on our behalf.
Assemblypersons Andrew Raia,
Robert K. Sweeney, Joseph Saladino, & Ginnie Fields Senators Owen H. Johnson, &
Carl Marcellino. Highlights of the trip were being introduced on the floor of
the assembly by three Assemblymen.
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NYCRF President Willy Young presents a plaque to New York State Assemblyman Bob Sweeney of Suffolk County
Captain Stuart Paterson and NYCRF's Willy Young present a plaque to New Yok State Assemblyman Bob Sweeney of Suffolk County
Captain Stuart Paterson and NYCRF's Willy Young present a plaque to New York State Assemblywoman Ginny Fields
Captain Stuart Paterson and NYCRF's Willy Young present a plaque to New York State Senator Owen Johnson
NYCRF's Willy Young and Captain Stuart Paterson present a plaque to New York State Assemblyman Andrew Raia
NYCRF's Willy Young and Captain Stuart Paterson present a plaque to New York State Assemblyman Joseph Saladino