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Vice President - New York Coalition for Recreational Fishing Inc.
● Preservation ● Conservation ● Access
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.
September 29, 2013
NYCRF Striped Bass Call for Reduction Letter
September 15, 2013
Willy Young receives an Award from the NYS Assembly click here
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
NYCRF Letter - Addendum III- Commercial Harvest click here PDF file
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 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
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 -
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
email@example.com or 703.842.0740.
February 19, 2011
Call to arms against a direct trawling fishery for striped bass in NY
Click here for more information
Extremely Important Government Links click here:
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!
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
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
March 29, 2010
NYCRF Position letter on Striped Bass to the Marine Resource Advisory Council click here
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
National Saltwater Angler Registry Opens on New Year’s Day 2010 :click here for more info
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,
Coordinator, at (202) 289-6400 or firstname.lastname@example.org.
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
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'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!
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.
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
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 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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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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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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