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The New York Coalition for Recreational Fishing, Inc.
est. 2008

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Long Island Fishing Flea Market
Saturday, January 28, 2017 10:00 AM- 3:00 PM
Babylon Hibernians Hall
27 Locust Ave. Babylon, NY
Seminars all day, Free Parking
Adults $ 4 children 16 and under, free
New & Used Fishing Tackle All proceeds go to recreational fishing.

Spring 2016
The NYCRF will again be going to Albany to see our friends and push for hook and line only for Striped Bass. More information will be published as it becomes available.

December 2010
Good news in the Town of Brookhaven. Due to the efforts of the NYCRF and the Town of Brookhaven Fishing Advisory Board there is now a Non-Resident Night Fishing Parking Permit. The fee for this permit will be $35. As per the Town Parks Commissioner Ed Morris this info will be posted in the new fee schedule that takes effect January 1st 2011. The changes will be made to the night fishing parking permit paper work as of the beginning of the year as well. This is another step in the right direction for improvements in recreational fishing opportunities within the Town of Brookhaven. Thank you all for your support.

Thank You,

Tom Farrell
VP - NYCRF

April 20, 2010

NYCRF Goes Back To Albany, 2010!

On April 20, 2010, 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, Vice President Tom Farrell, Sergeant at Arms Ed "Hemi" Simeone and Captain Stuart Paterson of Northport Charters, Ltd., were there to meet with your New York State Assemblyman and State Senators to 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 at Arm Ed Simeone

March 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. Click here

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.

January 12, 2010
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

December 29, 2009

National Saltwater Angler Registry Opens on New Year’s Day 2010


November 5, 2009

ASMFC Weakfish Board Adopts Addendum IV in Response to Depleted Stock Status


Newport, Rhode Island – The Commission’s Weakfish Management Board approved measures toreduce exploitation by over 50 percent in both the recreational and commercial sectors. Addendum IVrequires 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 andtreduce 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. Inrecognition of this, it chose to implement measures that would discourage directed fishing, limit bycatchmortality, 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 recentyears, 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’smeasures 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 Newsby November 15. For more information, please contact Nichola Meserve, Fishery Management PlanCoordinator, at (202) 289-6400 or nmeserve@asmfc.org.



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.


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.


April 29, 2009
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

April 24, 2009
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.

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!

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.


October 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

May 2008
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.

April 2007
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.