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January 8, 2014

NYCRF Letter to NYS Congressman Tim Bishop to express our concerns for Smith Point, Suffolk County Park click here (Word Document format)   (Click here for PDF format)


January 6, 2014

Letter to NYS Senator Philip M. Boyle Click here

Present your/NYCRF views and suggestions concerning a reduction in striped bass mortality.

Everyone must print their name, address and phone number on the letter. They must sign it as well.
 
Respectfully,
 
Tom Farrell
Vice President - New York Coalition for Recreational Fishing Inc.
631-840-7199

NYCRF 2013


September 29, 2013

NYCRF Striped Bass Call for Reduction Letter


September 15, 2013

Willy Young receives an Award from the NYS Assembly click here


NYCRF 2012


November 8, 2012

NYCRF Letter to Governor Cuomo Regarding Surfing and Surf Casters  click here PDF


October 16, 2012

NYCRF Letter to Congressman Steve Israel Regarding Dredging Fire Island Inlet  click here PDF


October 15, 2012

NYCRF Letter to the New Jersey Department of Environmental Protection  click here


October 15, 2012

NYCRF Letter to Congressman Peter King Regarding Dredging Fire Island Inlet  click here PDF


 

 
FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE, SEPTEMBER 14, 2012
PRESS CONTACT, TINA BERGER, 703.842.0740
 
ASMFC 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 catch sampling.
 
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.pdf or 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 (FAX) or mwaine@asmfc.org (Subject line: Draft Amendment 2). For more information, please contact Mike Waine at mwaine@asmfc.org.
 
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Tina Berger
Public Affairs Specialist
Atlantic States Marine Fisheries Commission
1050 N. Highland Street, Suite 200A-N
Arlington, VA 22201
 
703.842.0740

July 2012

NYCRF Letter - Addendum III- Commercial Harvest click here  PDF file


April 2012

NYCRF Letter RE: Interstate Fishery Management Plan for Menhaden click here PDF file


NYCRF President Willy Young and NYCRF member Ed "Hemi" Simeone & son meet with NYS Assemblyman Joseph S. Saladino


February 20, 2012

NYCRF POSITION LETTER:  Opposition to Bills  S4604A & A07120 Hydraulic dredging in both Gardiner's and Peconic Bays Click Here


NYCRF 2011

November, 2011

NYCRF POSITION LETTER Menhaden Draft Addendum V Click Here


September 19, 2011

NYCRF Thank You letter to our key New York State Legislators click here


Marine Resources Advisory Council Bulletin for July 11, 2011 Click Here


August 18, 2011

Albany, NY (August 18, 2011)
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 between the 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, 2015.
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."

June 21, 2011

NYCRF supports the prohibition of commercial fishing for Striped Bass in the Hudson River -

Click Here


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, L.I. Region, New York State Parks

by William A. Muller Ph.D. regarding the Fishing Advisory Board

Click here for Muller's letter


FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE, MARCH 24, 2011
PRESS CONTACT, TINA BERGER, 703/842-0740

  ASMFC Atlantic Striped Bass Board Initiates Addendum to Reduce Fishing Mortality

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
ktaylor@asmfc.org or 703.842.0740.                                


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.

Click here for more information


January 2011

Extremely Important Government Links click here:


NYCRF 2010



December 2010

The New York Coalition for Recreational Fishing is writing to express our concern about the Governor’s appointee to the Atlantic States Marine Fisheries Commission.  Read More: click here


Your NYCRF at Work!

October 2010

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.
 
Thank You,
 
Tom Farrell
Vice President - New York Coalition for Recreational Fishing Inc

Click Here to view letter


August 14, 2010

Letter to Assemblyman Robert K. Sweeney Regarding DEC Commissioner James Gilmore click here for PDF file


July 21, 2010

NYCRF members speak out the Atlantic States Marine Fisheries Commission meeting held on July 21, 2001 click the link below for Tom Farrell's interview with news 12 Long Island

http://www.news12.com/articleDetail.jsp?articleId=256819&position=1&news_type=news


NYCRF Goes Back To Albany, 2010!

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 that 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 justify added 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

 


March 29, 2010

NYCRF Position letter on Striped Bass to the Marine Resource Advisory Council click here

March 2010

NYCRF Striped Bass Letter to the Atlantic States Marine Fisheries Commission


February 19, 2010

NYCRF Position letters on the Marine Protection Areas situation Click here

NYCRF Position letters on the Hudson River Bass situation Click here


January 25, 2010

MPA's (Marine Protection Areas) Where do you stand? click here  (PDF Format)


Your NYCRF members at work in Albany!

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


NYCRF 2009


December 29, 2009

National Saltwater Angler Registry Opens on New Year’s Day 2010 :click here for more info


November 9, 2009

Wall Street Journal Online Video

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 (202) 289-6400

ASMFC Weakfish Board Adopts Addendum IV in Response to

Depleted Stock Status

Newport, Rhode 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 Addendum’s

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 www.asmfc.org under Breaking News

by November 15. For more information, please contact Nichola Meserve, Fishery Management Plan

Coordinator, at (202) 289-6400 or nmeserve@asmfc.org.


October 1, 2009

New 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.

  Click Here for more information from the NYS DEC


September 16, 2009

New York State Assemblywomen Ginny Fields, thanks the New York Coalition for Recreational Fishing for our support!

To view Assemblywomen Ginny Fields letter click here (PDF format)


September 14, 2009

NYCRF submits public comments to the Atlantic States Marine Fisheries Commission regarding Draft Addendum II for Striped Bass.

To view our comments click here (MS Word format)

To view our comments click here (PDF format)


Call to Arms Regarding Surfers in N.Y. State Parks!

Click Here to Download Our Letter

 

To all Members of the NYCRF:
 
 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.
 
Sincerely,
 
Tom Farrell
Vice President - New York Coalition for Recreational Fishing Inc.

   


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 Paterson  and 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. http://assembly.state.ny.us/mem/?


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 information!

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                           S T A T E   O F   N E W   Y O R K
       ________________________________________________________________________

                                         1694

                              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.
                                                                  LBD04994-01-9

       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
    6  OCCURS;
    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
   19  LEGISLATURE.
   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
    2  DUTIES;
    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
   17  DEPLETED,
   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
   21  BIODIVERSITY,
   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;
   35  AND
   36    10. TO INVESTIGATE AND MAKE RECOMMENDATIONS  ON  THE  FEASIBILITY  AND
   37  EFFECTIVENESS  OF PROVIDING ENHANCED MUNICIPAL REGULATION OF MARINE LIFE
   38  RESERVES.
   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,

At the 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.

This 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 flounder
We urge you to show up for this hearing

The Winter Flounder meeting will be held on April 29, 2009 7:00 pm
at the :

DEC Building
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.

William A. Young
President N.Y. Coalition for Recreational Fishing


NYCRF 2008


 Assemblyman Joseph S. Saladino

12th New York State Assembly District.

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 (LIBBA)


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."


 

FISHERMAN FOR 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


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